Amazon Prime Gets Full Music Catalog; New Google Shopping Features; Tesla Still Needs TX Gigafactory Boss; TikTok Creators Now See When You Favorite Their VideoPosted: November 1, 2022 Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment
Amazon has added a nice new benefit to Amazon Prime. While you used to have about 2 million songs to choose from, the online giant now has a full music catalog of over 100 million songs. Techcrunch.com notes that it remains to be seen if this will pull subscribers away from Apple Music or Spotify, but it certainly puts them in a place to be able to do that. In addition to bulking up the music catalog, Amazon Prime will now make most of their top podcasts available without ads. You can access the expanded music catalog through the main Amazon Music app. The added music is a nice bonus that they hope will soften the blow of increasing the annual fee for Prime from $119 to $139.
Just in time for the holidays…of course…Google has bowed some new shopping features that make it easier to find deals directly from your search results. Theverge.com reports that any products with a coupon available will now have a new ‘Special Offer’ badge in the top left corner of the thumbnail. Besides digitally clippable coupons in Search, google is introducing a way to compare deals side by side on mobile. That feature will be live later this month.
Tesla has had great plans for the new Gigafactory in Texas…a plant that will ultimately employ some 10,000 workers. Now, all they need is a leader…usually known as a plant director. Electrek.co says that the plant is cranking out vehicles (although Tesla hasn’t specified numbers), but after a year and a half remains leaderless. It is worth noting that they do have a director of manufacturing. Jason Shawhan took that role last year, moving over from a Ford plant in Kansas City. He had been assistant plant manager at that facility for about 20 years.
No lurking for you, TikToker. While you used to be able to favorite a video anonymously, with the creator only able to see the total count…the platform now enables them to see who you are. According to mashable.com, most other platforms…like Twitter’s Bookmarks and Instagram’s Saved, don’t let the creators see who has favorited their videos. While creators will hail the new feature, there are a lot of lurkers on TikTok and really all platforms who prefer to remain anonymous. This feature follows one TikTok released in June that lets users see who viewed their profile.