Have you ever dreamed of being a radio host or DJ? Maybe you never found the time to follow your ambition or you were worried about not succeeding.
Amazon’s new app, Amp, will let you create a live show that sounds like a real radio station, using just your phone. Here’s what you need to know.
What is an amp?
Amp is a free app from Amazon that you can use to create live shows. Whether you are an amateur or a professional, your phone and the application are enough. Amp lets anyone with something to say and a passion for music create their own radio show and broadcast it around the world using their phone.
Listeners can also call the show and interact with the creator live, just like calling a live radio station.
How it works
According to an Amazon Q&A, the app includes everything you need to easily set up a show and get it online. As a creator, you can curate playlists for your listeners, host guests, and talk about various topics. You can create a show that sounds like an FM radio station, using just your phone.
Amp creators will have access to a fully licensed catalog of millions of songs, so you won’t have to worry about copyright issues.
Amazon says you can go from launching the app to creating a new show in seconds.
How to try the amp
Amp is currently in beta. It is only available to a limited number of iOS users in the United States. It is not yet available on Android or desktop computers. At the moment, Android users can access select archived Amp shows (like Nicki Minaj’s Queen Radio) on Amazon Music.
To get the limited access beta version of the app, you need an access code. Download Amp from the US iOS App Store. This will give you an access code and put you on the waiting list. To use Amp, you must have an Amazon account, which you can create for free.
You can obtain an access code by subscribing to the Amp newsletter. You can also get one by following Amp’s Instagram, Twitteror TikTok accounts, where Amazon will regularly share codes.
How will Amp affect traditional radio and podcasting?
Podcasts have made it so that you no longer need to get a job at a radio station to reach an audience. Podcasts are the new radio and Spotify is the dominant podcasting platform.
Amazon’s amp has added value to podcasting. It launches with shows hosted by Nicki Minaj, Pusha, and popular radio hosts like Zach Sang and Guy Raz, among others. This star-studded lineup will see Amp quickly attract listeners and creators to the platform.
Will Amp be a success?
It will be interesting to see if Amazon can succeed in disrupting the radio and podcasting industries. Will it be able to eat into Spotify’s podcast dominance, while steering listeners away from FM stations?
It’s still early, so it’s hard to predict. Amazon’s success may depend on the reaction of its competitors.
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