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DouglasJackson 10/8/2017 | 10:36:17 AM
Re Google is a monster. It's going to be a long, LONG time--if ever--before anybody ever knocks Google out of the game. They are just too efficient and always improving. Google's proper operation is vital to the success of the entire world.
atcoolte 8/12/2017 | 1:46:54 PM
Re I'm looking forward to the day when the AI will decide what I should be listening to/watching/thinking so that my brain can be freed to do ... nothing. We've kind of heard this story before -- it involves a legendary tower in a mythical place called Babel.
kq4ym 10/22/2016 | 12:44:16 PM
Re: What a wonderful world it will be ... It would seem that Amazon not only is wanting to get the numbers of eyeballs and ears to increase using it's products, but build that brand hugely so folks just stick with Amazon for all their shopping, entertainment and information needs.
inkstainedwretch 10/17/2016 | 12:04:55 PM
Re: Ehhhh If you look at Amazon Unlimited as a standalone business that has nothing whatsoever to do with anything else Amazon is doing, including selling things, or anything Amazon's competitors are doing, like selling things, then yeah, I'd have to admit you're justified in rolling your eyes.

-- Brian Santo
Joe Stanganelli 10/16/2016 | 8:26:21 PM
Ehhhh I didn't yawn, but I nearly rolled my eyes.

Has Pandora even shown a profit yet?  Has Spotify?

The two titans of the music-streaming space are struggling.  Clever as Bezos is, I tend to anticipate that this particular endeavor will be a loss leader for AMZN.
Michelle 10/16/2016 | 8:20:08 PM
Re: What a wonderful world it will be ... @Kelsey Amazon is aggresively trying to pull customers away from other service providers. Premium cable subscription add-ons were added to Prime a while ago. They've been building out the Pime music offering as well. Google and Amazon are certainly the biggest holders of data online.

About Alexa -- I don't know if there is an issue with Alexa listening in when it's not been addressed, but I do have concerns about its security. I don't want someone else listening in from afar. 
danielcawrey 10/16/2016 | 4:23:31 PM
Re: What a wonderful world it will be ... I can see this as a good product offering for the Amazon fanatic. I am not one of those people. While I do have Prime, I prefer getting my music from SiriusXM and Spotify. I don't see this as a compelling buy quite yet (at least not for me). 
mendyk 10/14/2016 | 12:48:29 PM
Re: What a wonderful world it will be ... OK, but I'm not sure I'd call that "purchasing power." If that wre the case, then even graybeards like us get hundreds of dollars of purchasing power if we buy a Sunday newspaper and clip out all the coupons. As far as privacy protection goes, that pretty much becomes inoperative as soon as you engage on the Internet.
inkstainedwretch 10/14/2016 | 12:40:14 PM
Re: What a wonderful world it will be ... It is already well-established that most consumers will exchange their private data for a 20%-off coupon. Literally for a 20% coupon.

While there are some graybeards like you and me who would prefer to protect their privacy as much as possible, that concern is less and less prevalant among younger age groups.

--Brian Santo

mendyk 10/14/2016 | 12:34:32 PM
Re: What a wonderful world it will be ... That sounds like the "purchasing power" is being transferred to Amazon. Customers are just the revenue source.
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