Amazon closes down Amp live audio service

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Amp, a live audio app that lets users DJ their own program, is seen on a mobile phone.


Amazon is closing down its live audio service, called Amp, the business verified to CNBC.

Amp permits users to host their own live program, where callers can sign up with and ask for to speak. It released in March 2022 amidst a craze around audio-only social app Clubhouse and as business such as Meta, Spotify, and X, previously called Twitter, presented live audio functions. Amazon registered prominent artists such as Nicki Minaj, Lil Yachty and Pusha T to host their own programs on Amp.

“We’ve made the difficult decision to close Amp,” an Amazon representative stated in a declaration. “We learned a lot about how live music communities interact in the process, which we are bringing to bear as we build new fan experiences at scale in Amazon Music.”

Amp hosts and listeners regreted the service’s death in messages shared on the app. One stream was entitled “RIP AMP,” while another user composed, “Nothing lasts permanently. Sure was enjoyable tho [sic].”

Bloomberg previously reported Amazon’s choice to terminate Amp.

The relocation comes as Amazon CEO Andy Jassy has actually been entrenched in a sweeping evaluation of the business’s expenditures, as it comes to grips with slowing sales and a difficult economy. Jassy has actually pared back underperforming tasks in riskier, more recent verticals such as healthcare and grocery, froze business hiring and removed more than 27,000 tasks. The Amp system was struck with layoffs in 2015, and it has actually had a hard time to satisfy internal objectives around month-to-month active users, to name a few metrics, Insider reported.

Amazon has actually made other bets in audio and home entertainment, consisting of a music streaming platform, Twitch livestreaming service and audiobooks. It likewise got podcast network Wondery in October 2020.

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