Amazon says Prime subscriptions growing ‘very nicely’ despite price increase

Amazon Prime subscriptions “are growing very nicely year over year” despite the company’s move to increase the rate of the annual subscription by $20 to $99/year, the company’s chief financial officer said on Amazon’s earnings conference call. The company added more Prime subscriptions in the second quarter than it did in the same quarter of… Read More


GeekWire Radio: Amazon music, Lively shutdown, and the new world of tech design

We’ve got a lot to discuss on this week’s GeekWire radio show, starting with our thoughts on Amazon’s new Prime Music streaming service — the online retailer’s latest push into the world of digital media, and a prelude to its expected smartphone unveiling next week. As detailed in this review by GeekWire’s Blair Hanley Frank, the new service is a nice… Read More


Patents show how Amazon’s smartphone could use 3D, hand gestures, and more

Smartphones already do so much more than make calls: they talk to you, provide turn-by-turn directions, record-and-play back HD video, and some, have fancy doodads, like built-in heart rate monitors. But Amazon has apparently come up with something entirely new. A video released by the Seattle-based company today showed potential customers oohing and ahhing over the mystery device. Reactions included everything… Read More

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Six topics Jeff Bezos should address at Amazon’s shareholder meeting

Amazon’s shareholder meeting on Wednesday is one of the rare times we get to hear from Jeff Bezos. The rest of the year, the company’s founder and CEO frequently skips duties, like chatting with analysts on earnings calls; interviewing with the press or pitching new products at special events. So, with that in mind, we’ve assembled a list of the topics we would… Read More


New Amazon Prime perk: Same-day delivery for a flat $6 an order, no limit

Amazon’s move to enhance its same-day delivery program will provide another benefit to Amazon Prime members, letting them receive eligible items on the same day for a flat $5.99 shipping fee per order, with no extra charges, for as many eligible items as they can order. People who aren’t enrolled in Amazon Prime will pay an $8.99 fee plus another… Read More


Amazon expands same-day delivery to more cities, with new search options and later ordering deadlines

  Need that socket-wrench set by the end of the day, without going to the hardware store? Amazon is aiming to make it easier. The online retailer is expanding its same-day delivery option to San Francisco and Dallas, making it a dozen cities where same-day delivery is now available from Amazon. The company is also pushing back… Read More


Amazon is paying big bucks for those HBO exclusives

Reaction to Amazon’s content deal with HBO this morning was decisive: Neftlix just lost. Amazon gains three things from the deal: It sets itself apart from the streaming-video leader; gives customers a reason to continue paying $99 for its Prime program; and maybe provides additional incentive to buy its devices. Up until now, Netflix has enjoyed having a much… Read More

Amazon Prime's value perception has moved only slightly lower, but Netflix's has risen significantly.

99 reasons but price is not one: Consumers still value Netflix over Amazon Prime

There’s several reasons why consumers still prefer Netflix over Amazon, but the new $99 price tag of Amazon Prime isn’t one. That’s potentially good news for Amazon, which was seeing consumers protest following the announcement that Amazon would be raising the price of its shipping and streaming video service to $99. According to survey conducted… Read More


Backlash from Amazon Prime price hike may be worse than Amazon thought, report finds

Maybe Amazon didn’t just pull off the perfect price increase, after all? “Based on immediate Prime member reactions, they may have underestimated the negative effects of the increase,” said Robert Passikoff, founder and president of Brand Keys, a customer loyalty research consultancy. Four days after the Amazon told its Prime customers that it will be… Read More