Amazon music – Bastard Inc http://bastard-inc.com/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 20:12:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://bastard-inc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Amazon music – Bastard Inc http://bastard-inc.com/ 32 32 Spotify is overpriced for what you get. Cancel and try these 3 services instead | Tech Radar https://bastard-inc.com/spotify-is-overpriced-for-what-you-get-cancel-and-try-these-3-services-instead-tech-radar/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 18:30:22 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/spotify-is-overpriced-for-what-you-get-cancel-and-try-these-3-services-instead-tech-radar/ Is Spotify Premium a good deal? Apparently not, according to a recent report from Kantar Research. In it, the agency cited a loss of 1 million subscribers in the first quarter in Britain, many of them young listeners looking to save money as inflation hit 9% in the UK and that the cost of living […]]]>

Is Spotify Premium a good deal? Apparently not, according to a recent report from Kantar Research. In it, the agency cited a loss of 1 million subscribers in the first quarter in Britain, many of them young listeners looking to save money as inflation hit 9% in the UK and that the cost of living continued on an upward trajectory.

While Spotify’s dip in numbers may be temporary or the result of the monthly subscriber churn the services regularly experience, the news reminds us of the fact that Spotify isn’t exactly competing at a high level with other streamers. major ones such as Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited and Tidal. It also comes on the heels of a controversy involving the service’s most popular podcast host, Joe Rogan. Maybe it really is time to rethink Spotify.

Where is Spotify HiFi?

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Why Amazon Prime delivery – due in South Africa in 2023 – is such a game changer for online shopping https://bastard-inc.com/why-amazon-prime-delivery-due-in-south-africa-in-2023-is-such-a-game-changer-for-online-shopping/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 04:47:54 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/why-amazon-prime-delivery-due-in-south-africa-in-2023-is-such-a-game-changer-for-online-shopping/ In February 2023, the “Fela Project” is expected to bring Amazon’s online shopping to South Africa, according to leaked documents. And later next year, Amazon’s flagship service, Prime, is expected to be available to South Africans. It could change the way South Africans shop online. Even as Amazon cuts growth in the United States, facing […]]]>

In February 2023, the “Fela Project” is expected to bring Amazon’s online shopping to South Africa, according to leaked documents. And later next year, Amazon’s flagship service, Prime, is expected to be available to South Africans.

It could change the way South Africans shop online.

Even as Amazon cuts growth in the United States, facing a recession, it plans to launch in Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Nigeria and South Africa by next year, according to documents seen by Business Insider.

The Prime service will only be available in Belgium when the Amazon Marketplace launches, but it should be added in South Africa during 2023.

Amazon has vast operations in South Africa, hiring thousands of people at a time to act as service representatives, opening local data centers and struggling to build a new headquarters. Amazon Prime Video is available with rand-based pricing in South Africa, and it has Audible audiobooks in local languages.

To date, however, it has circumvented South Africa and the rest of the continent with its marketplace, which combines its own retail businesses (including its extensive range of Amazon Basics own brand products) with third-party sellers around the world to sell, literally, just about anything you can imagine.

These third-party sellers may ship direct, handle their own logistics and customer service — and charge for different shipping options — but they can also be included in Amazon Prime, which effectively puts Amazon in charge of fulfillment.

This makes the number of items available through Prime in countries such as the US and UK an ever-changing target, but, as a subset of the hundreds of millions of products listed, it is substantial.

After a price increase earlier this year, Americans pay $14.99 monthly subscription for Prime, and the same costs £7.99 in the UK. In local terms, this could be between R160 and R240 per month, although there is no indication yet of what Amazon intends to charge in South Africa.

South Africa’s largest online seller, Takealot, ships for free on orders over R450, and charge R65 for standard delivery below that. If you buy less than R450 at a time, it also charges at least R30 to collect.

At the top of its price range, that makes an Amazon Prime monthly subscription worth around four Takealot deliveries. But Prime becomes much more attractive if you use other Amazon services. It includes the full catalog of Amazon Prime Video and a catalog of two million songs on Amazon Music, although you have to pay a few hundred rand more each month to access all the music.

Prime members can store 5 GB of video and unlimited photos at maximum resolutionat no additional cost (which Google stopped offering for free years ago), and access thousands of books via “Prime Reading” on Kindle.

Delivery benefits are entirely dependent on where you live. Prime means all Amazon deliveries are free – including same-day or next-day shipping for those close enough to major cities to be on a delivery route, and including groceries that can be delivered in a few hours.

Regardless of speed, free shipping offers a very different online shopping experience than South Africans are used to. A pepper mill that breaks while you cook? You can quickly order one before you start stirring pots again. Do you realize you’re running out of firelighters when packing the braai? You can order another box before hitting the match.

For simple economic reasons, Prime products in other countries tend to fetch equivalent prices of around R20, with cheaper products being sold in bundles to reach that price. But instead of keeping a shopping list, so you can buy 20 of these items at a time for free shopping, you can hit the “buy now” button whenever the idea strikes.

Such is the convenience of being able to shop through Prime that Amazon also offers an ‘Amazon Day’ delivery option, where all of your purchases will be delivered on your chosen day of the week – because being available to take delivery can be the hard part. most difficult of the process.

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Amazon Stock: More Protected Than Most Think (NASDAQ: AMZN) https://bastard-inc.com/amazon-stock-more-protected-than-most-think-nasdaq-amzn/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 23:27:00 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/amazon-stock-more-protected-than-most-think-nasdaq-amzn/ Noah Berger/Getty Images Entertainment Amazon (NASDAQ:NASDAQ: AMZN) is currently in an interesting position due to its multiple segments with different futures. Investors are worried about the company’s core retail segment as rising gasoline prices and inflation weigh on profit margins. However, the secondary segments of the business are should thrive in the periods to come. […]]]>

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Amazon (NASDAQ:NASDAQ: AMZN) is currently in an interesting position due to its multiple segments with different futures. Investors are worried about the company’s core retail segment as rising gasoline prices and inflation weigh on profit margins. However, the secondary segments of the business are should thrive in the periods to come. AWS continues to be an industry leader in the cloud market and stands to benefit greatly from exponential industry growth and increasing demand.

Prime Video and Music are also emerging as major threats in their respective industries and could be on track to overtake the leader in each industry. Since these segments are likely to support the fundamentals of the company in a market downturn, as well as the current price at which the stock is trading, investors may want to consider getting into the stock.

Retail Industry Likely to Struggle Due to Rising Costs and Falling Demand

The biggest issue for many investors is the future of Amazon’s core retail segment, and rightly so. The company has seen greatly inflated demand during the pandemic due to consumers buying from home at a much higher scale. From 2019 to 2021, Amazon increased its revenue by 67%. During the same period, his main subscribers in the United States fell from 124 million to about 149 million. This trend is expected to continue through the end of 2022, with the number of primary subscribers in the United States expected to reach approximately 153 million consumers.

Amazon Prime subscribers, 2017-2022

Amazon Prime subscribers, 2017-2022 (Statist)

However, the demise of COVID-19 is now leading to the demise of e-commerce and less demand for Amazon’s retail services. In a recent Mastercard SpendingPulse report, e-commerce transactions saw a decline of 1.8% compared to 2021. In contrast, in-store sales increased by 10% over the same period. This report hurt e-commerce stocks heavily, including Amazon. This slowdown and the return to in-person shopping has caused Amazon to know its slowest revenue growth since the dot com crash of 2001 and are scaring investors even more.

Along with falling demand, Amazon’s retail segment is seeing much higher costs. Rising gasoline prices are hurting the already low margins of retail businesses. Recently, national gas prices reached around $5 per gallon and diesel prices reached around $5.81 per gallon. Since most of Amazon’s shipments are made by massive trucks with very low fuel consumption, the considerably higher cost of diesel is detrimental to Amazon’s business, as shipping costs are one of the factors most important to the company’s margins.

Due to these increased costs, Amazon has notified its third-party sellers that it will be implementing a 5% fuel and inflation surcharge to combat the effects of this price increase. These costs will likely be passed on to the consumer and result in lower volumes on Amazon. Therefore, investor concerns about Amazon’s retail segment are likely justified. This means that the company will have to rely on its secondary segments to support activity during periods of market downturn.

AWS will continue to lead the industry and capitalize on exponential growth

AWS is seen by investors as one of the strengths of Amazon’s future. AWS is currently the largest cloud service provider with a 33% market share while only accounting for 14% of Amazon’s total revenue. This likely means AWS has room to grow in total Amazon sales, as well as in the industry. In the most of the company recent earnings report, AWS thrived as retail struggled. The segment grew 36.5% year-on-year and beat analysts’ forecasts for revenue and operating income. The segment’s operating margin also increased from 29.8% to 35.3%. All of this has helped AWS generate $67.1 billion in sales over the past 12 months and continue to grow as cloud services experience increased demand.

1Q22 AWS Segment Results

AWS Segment Results (Report on 1Q22 results)

The reason behind AWS the massive growth is due to the growing demand for cloud services and the exponential growth of the industry. Over the past few years, the cloud industry has seen steady growth of approximately 34% per year. With this growth rate, we can foresee how big the cloud services industry could be in the coming years. Starting with the current industry size of approximately $178 billion and a 34% growth rate that declines by 15% each year, the cloud industry could be worth around $545 billion in 2026.

For a conservative estimate, let’s say that Amazon loses some market share from Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG)(GOOGL) and other smaller competitors and would only hold a 25% market share. This would value AWS at around $136 billion compared to the $59 billion it is currently worth. Therefore, AWS will likely continue to thrive despite future issues with the retail segment. It could give Amazon a competitive edge over other popular retailers and become an attractive choice as an investment.

Cloud Industry Growth Projections

Cloud Industry Growth Projections (Created by author)

Prime Video and Music grow to overtake industry leaders

Prime Video is quickly becoming one of the biggest names in streaming, primarily due to the previously mentioned surge in prime subscribers. This has resulted in a steady increase in Prime Video’s market share and far surpasses its competitors. Currently, Prime Video market share of the streaming industry is 19% and growing. Conversely, Netflix (NFLX) is currently at 23% but is down. With the number of prime subscribers in the United States expected to reach 168.3 million by 2025, Prime Video could surpass Netflix as the best streaming service. This would further help support the company during a market downturn as the retail segment struggles.

Streaming services market share

Streaming services market share (JustWatch.com)

Amazon Music and Audible are also growing in popularity and could become home to many popular podcasts in the near future. Currently, Amazon Music’s market share is the third largest in the industry at 13%. That’s behind Apple (AAPL) at 15% and Spotify (SPOT) at 31%. However, each music streaming service has almost identical libraries. This means that the only separating factors on each platform are proprietary podcast talent. Amazon may consider signing exclusive podcast talent as the podcast market has grown significantly in previous periods. Over the past three years, the podcast listener base has increased by more than 40%51% of consumers who started listening to podcasts in the last two years.

Basic statistics of podcast listeners

Basic statistics of podcast listeners (Nielson)

Other podcast companies like Spotify have captured this growing market by signing exclusive deals with many podcast talents, such as call her daddy and The Joe Rogan Experience. Now Amazon may have its chance to secure an exclusive deal with top podcast talent by signing higher ground by Barack and Michelle Obama. The The Obamas consider quitting Spotify and are now seeking a new deal worth tens of millions of dollars. Two of the most likely landing spots for the podcast are Amazon and iHeartMedia (IHRT).

However, iHeartMedia may not have enough money to make this deal. The company currently has about $280 million in cash, meaning a deal worth tens of millions of dollars could put the company in a tough financial spot. However, Amazon has over $66 billion in cash. Therefore, a deal worth tens of millions of dollars would not represent a huge expense for the company while making its platforms much more popular among competitors and further supporting the company in a downturn.

Evaluation

Amazon’s stock price is down more than 35% year-to-date, leading many investors to believe the stock is a bargain. By multiplying FY22 analyst consensus estimates by the average multiples for EV/Revenue, EV/EBITDA and P/S of Amazon and its competitors, a fair value of $148.79 can be calculated after adjusting for the company’s cash and debt. This gives the stock an implied rise of around 40.08%. For analysts, the 12-month average price target is currently at $178.56giving an implied increase of 68.21%.

Average multiples of AMZN and competitors
Relative valuation of AMZN

Relative rating for AMZN

What does this mean for investors?

Investors fear for Amazon’s future due to falling demand and rising spending for its core retail business. However, secondary segments of the business will likely support overall business in the event of a market downturn. AWS continues to lead the cloud services industry and will benefit greatly from the growing demand and exponential growth in the industry. Prime Video is on track to overtake Netflix as the top streaming service in terms of market share due to increased prime subscriptions.

Additionally, Amazon Music and Audible are among the top platforms in the audio industry and could solidify themselves among the strongest players by signing exclusive podcast talent. With all of this in mind, the idea of ​​being greedy when others are scared, and the current price the stock is trading at, I think it is appropriate to apply a buy rating at this time.

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What is Amazon Prime? https://bastard-inc.com/what-is-amazon-prime/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 11:37:00 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/what-is-amazon-prime/ What started as a humble online bookstore in 1994 has grown into the world’s largest online retailer and fundamentally changed the way Americans shop. Before, shopping online was an afterthought for most retailers and spending money online was kind of a chore. Today, you can buy almost anything on Amazon and do it with just […]]]>

What started as a humble online bookstore in 1994 has grown into the world’s largest online retailer and fundamentally changed the way Americans shop. Before, shopping online was an afterthought for most retailers and spending money online was kind of a chore. Today, you can buy almost anything on Amazon and do it with just a click.

But more than anything, Amazon has changed the way we think about delivery. Before the e-commerce revolution, delivery times of two to four weeks were the norm. Amazon could reliably deliver your books in less than a week to almost anywhere in the country. Then, in 2005, they outdid themselves with the introduction of Amazon Prime, a membership program that offered “all you can eat” express shipping for a $79 annual fee. Today, Amazon Prime is all of that and more.

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Benefits of delivery

Prime’s best-known perks tie directly to its fast delivery roots. Free two-day shipping is still part of the package, but as a Prime member you get access to free one-day and same-day shipping on millions of items. Of course, same-day delivery is limited to orders over $25, but given that next-day delivery costs at least $10 with most carriers, it’s still an amazing perk.

If you don’t care whether your package is delivered that quickly, you can opt for No-Rush Delivery which comes with a reward, usually a voucher for a Kindle book or other Amazon digital product. If you’re the type of person who needs the latest release on release day, Amazon has Prime members covered with their release-date delivery service, too.

A lesser known Prime perk is Amazon’s prescription drug service. Amazon can’t process insurance payments, but if you pay for your prescription out of pocket, Prime members can find the best prices and get free two-day delivery on their medications.

As a Prime member, you can even consolidate your packages to arrive on the same day of the week. And if you really trust your delivery person and have installed a myQ smart garage door opener, you can ask Amazon to leave your packages safe in your garage with Amazon keyaway from the eyes of roving parcel thieves.

Probably the most touted purchase benefit for Prime members is First day, a two-day event where Amazon offers exclusive deals to Prime members, especially on their own hardware like Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers and Echo devices. This usually happens in mid-July and this year is no exception. We are just waiting to hear from Amazon for the official dates.

How’s your credit? Amazon has two credit cards available depending on your needs. If you just want to vary your credit on Amazon, you can request the Prime Store card which earns 5% Amazon Rewards on all items and up to 15% on select purchases. He also has a Visa card with no annual fee which earns 5% on Amazon purchases and at least 1% on all other purchases.

Do you have a Whole Foods near you? Amazon bought them back in 2017 and offers a number of discounts and services to Prime members. If you have the Prime Visa card we just talked about, you’ll get 5% Amazon Rewards when you use it at Whole Foods. Prime members even get free two-hour delivery in some markets.

What may surprise you (it surprised me) is that Amazon has special services for Prime fashionistas. His Try before you buy offers a selection of clothing for men, women and children that you can have sent to you (up to six items) in a resealable box. Try on clothes for a week, return what you don’t want and pay for what you keep. If you need advice on your drip, Amazon has a personalized styling service for Prime members which costs $4.99 per use. First, take an online fashion quiz and a stylist will select up to 16 items for you. Then choose up to eight of these options to send to you. Finally, keep what you love and return the rest.

digital content

One of the best perks of a Prime membership is access to First video, Amazon’s answer to Netflix and Hulu. Amazon is no slouch in the streaming world either, it has some of the most popular shows streaming right now. Members also get free access to a library of two million songs or, for $8.99/month, they get access to Amazon Music Unlimited which has a library of over 90 million songs (compare that to the roughly 82 million available on Spotify).

Another surprise in Amazon’s stable of services for Prime members is First game. More than an answer to the Epic Games Store, Amazon is giving members free gaming content, a free subscription to a Twitch channel of their choice, and at least five free games every month (I totally get Escape from Monkey Island).

Amazon also has a cloud storage solution for your photos and videos. Normals get 5GB of photo storage (pay monthly for more), but Prime members get unlimited photo storage and 5GB for video just for being a member.

For the literate among us, Prime has you covered. Amazon has a library of ebooks that are free reading for Prime members. And once a month, members can select a book for free from a curated list of early access titles.

Finally, if you have children, Amazon has the Amazon Kids+ service that bundles kid-friendly content from all of their services (books, shows, apps, music) into one package. Normally it costs $7.99/month or $79.99/year, but Prime members pay $4.99/month or $48/year. Moreover, the content is available on all Android and iOS devices.

Is an Amazon Prime subscription worth the money?

To get access to everything Amazon Prime has to offer, you’ll need to pay $14.99/month or $139/year. Alternatively, if you are enrolled in college or have an .edu email address, you may be eligible for a First student subscription for $7.49/month or $69/year. Finally, if you just want access to Prime Video, it’s $8.99/month.

Considering all the services available with a Prime subscription, it is certain could worth it. If all you do is order products from Amazon and don’t worry about how quickly they’ll get to you, it’s not worth the extra money. But once you start taking advantage of some of the other services, it starts to get more appealing.

If you’re a gamer who loves subversive superhero shows and orders a few things online, free games and streaming make Prime a pretty good deal. Likewise, if you’re a parent struggling to keep your kids entertained, need a backup solution for your family photos, and enjoy a book to unwind, again, Prime is probably worth it.

Amazon Prime comes with a ton of perks which, if used, makes it one of the best subscriptions online. For comparison, Netflix’s basic plan is $9.99, only offers standard-definition video streaming, and doesn’t allow simultaneous streams. For $5 more, Amazon offers three simultaneous streams in 1080p and 4K more everything else.

But if you don’t buy much online and don’t care what Amazon offers, it’s probably not worth it.

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Juneteenth 2022: what to watch on TV, streaming platforms this weekend https://bastard-inc.com/juneteenth-2022-what-to-watch-on-tv-streaming-platforms-this-weekend/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 19:45:00 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/juneteenth-2022-what-to-watch-on-tv-streaming-platforms-this-weekend/ Celebrating alongside June 19 festivities across the country, networks and streaming platforms are offering TV specials, a music festival and a Netflix movie to commemorate the Sunday holiday. June 19, known as Juneteenth, only became a federal holiday last year. It marks the date that slaves in Galveston, Texas first became aware of the liberation […]]]>

Celebrating alongside June 19 festivities across the country, networks and streaming platforms are offering TV specials, a music festival and a Netflix movie to commemorate the Sunday holiday.

June 19, known as Juneteenth, only became a federal holiday last year. It marks the date that slaves in Galveston, Texas first became aware of the liberation of slaves in breakaway states through the Emancipation Proclamation, more than two years after it was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.

Juneteenth was primarily celebrated in Texas, but took on greater national significance following new racial reckonings in the summer of 2020.

Here are programs celebrating the holiday with musical performances, revisiting history and shining a light on black culture.

‘Sound of Freedom: A Celebration of June 19’

ABC, Friday at 7 p.m.; stream on Hulu

Country artist Jimmie Allen hosts the hour-long special celebrating the contributions of black artists to music. The program includes performances by Patti LaBelle, Jon Batiste and Marvin Sapp and interviews with Lizzo, Ciara and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

Pharrell Williams’ Something in the Water Festival

Amazon Prime Video and Twitch, Friday to Sunday at 2 p.m.

Williams’ three-day Juneteenth Music Festival in Washington, DC, follows her efforts to have the holiday recognized nationally and as a paid holiday in her home state of Virginia. Artists this year include Pharrell & Phriends, 21 Savage, Anderson .Paak, Calvin Harris, Chloe X Halle, Dave Matthews Band, J Balvin, Jon Batiste, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Pusha T, Tyler The Creator, Usher and several others .

If you want to celebrate with even more tunes, Apple Music has curated “Juneteenth 2022: Freedom Songs” for the holidays with music from Alex Isley, Brittney Spencer, Bun B, Lupe Fiasco and more for streaming on the platform. form.

“Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom”

CNN, Sunday at 7 p.m.

The special concert will feature several stars, including Yolanda Adams; Billy Porter; Earth, Air and Fire; Jhené Aiko; Mike the Killer; Mary Mary, Michelle Williams; Mickey Guyton; Roots and more. A pre-show hosted by the network’s Don Lemon begins at 7 a.m.

“The Power of June 19”

BET, Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

The half-hour special highlights food, songs and the importance of June 19.

‘The recipe: Juneteenth’

BET, Sunday noon

Famous faces celebrate the holidays while feasting on a barbecue and listening to moving musical performances.

‘Omitted: The Black Cowboy’

ESPN2, Sunday at 1 p.m.

The special shines a light on the generally ignored history of black cowboys like Bill Pickett, the first to be named a member of the National Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.

“Civilian: Ben Crump”

Netflix, Sunday

Although the Netflix documentary has no explicit connection to Juneteenth, it centers on attorney Ben Crump, who represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Ahmaud Arbery. “Civil,” directed by Nadia Hallgren (“Becoming”), captures Crump’s pursuit of civil cases for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Andre Hill.

“A Dream Come True: The Lost Letters of Hawkins Wilson”

Stream now at Ancestry.com/BlackHistory; Sunday on Paramount+ and Pluto TV

The descendants of slave Hawkins Wilson unite and learn about their lineage and history in the documentary starring Anthony Anderson.

WORLD channel

The cross-platform channel honors the June 19 holiday all month with a selection of documentaries and series episodes from programs such as “America ReFramed” (with American Documentary (AmDoc); “Local, USA”; “AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange” (with Black Public Media) and “Stories from the Stage”, “American Experience”, “American Masters”, “Independent Lens”, “POV” and “Reel South”, all featured in a curated playlist which centers the stories of black and American heroes of African descent, stories that mark the promise of freed slaves. WorldChannel.org for complete listing information. For all the Juneteenth movies available, check out the 19 movies to watch to celebrate Juneteenth streaming guide.

Contributor: Chelsey Cox

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Amazon Prime Day 2022: official dates confirmed and offers to be expected https://bastard-inc.com/amazon-prime-day-2022-official-dates-confirmed-and-offers-to-be-expected/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 08:05:41 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/amazon-prime-day-2022-official-dates-confirmed-and-offers-to-be-expected/ Calling all deal hunters – we have good news for you: Amazon Prime Day 2022 is right around the corner with the sale confirmed to return from Tuesday July 12 through Wednesday July 13. The event started in 2015 to mark Amazon’s 20th anniversary and has since become one of the biggest and best sales […]]]>

Calling all deal hunters – we have good news for you: Amazon Prime Day 2022 is right around the corner with the sale confirmed to return from Tuesday July 12 through Wednesday July 13.

The event started in 2015 to mark Amazon’s 20th anniversary and has since become one of the biggest and best sales events of the year. The shopping extravaganza lasts a full 48 hours and gives you the chance to save money on everything from air fryers, robot vacuums, mattresses and beauty to fitness purchases, Apple products, gaming consoles. games and laptops.

Amazon Prime Day traditionally takes place in July, but over the past two years the retailer has gone off the rails. In 2020 it was in October, due to the pandemic, while in 2021 it was held in June due to transportation issues and the impact of the Olympics.

As for this year? Amazon has confirmed that the sale will take place in its usual July slot, with the 48-hour event starting at midnight on July 12 and running until 11:59 p.m. on July 13. The first deals will begin on June 21, including up to 50% off top brands.

Last year’s event was its biggest yet, so it’s all to play for in 2022. To help you prepare well in advance, we’ve answered all your burning questions, from what’s Amazon Prime Day and how it compares to Black Friday, top tips for snagging a bargain, and the best deals from the past year.

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When is Amazon Prime Day 2022 in the UK?

The online giant has confirmed that its huge two-day sale will return to its normal mid-summer slot in July this year. For 2022, it will take place on July 12 and 13.

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day is an annual two-day sale event that allows the retailer to slash the price of thousands of products from top brands including Apple, Samsung, KitchenAid, Shark and more.

The first of its kind took place in 2015 and lasted only 24 hours. But it wasn’t until 2019 that the event was extended to two full days.

Remember that to access the huge discounts you must have a Amazon Prime Membership.

Best Amazon Prime Day Tips

Most importantly, we’ll be your savvy shopping experts before and during the event, highlighting the best deals on everything from Apple Watches, Nintendo Switch consoles and headphones to mattresses, air fryers and robot vacuums. From everything our tech writer is looking for in sales to books on our wishlist and famous TikTok products to have on your radar, we’ve got it covered before the big day.

We’ll even have a live blog for both days, providing you with a minute-by-minute update on all the latest news and information.

Along with our expert help, we recommend that you be as prepared as possible by adding items you know you desperately need to your wishlist ahead of time, so you can easily check.

Likewise, it is also worth downloading the Amazon app. During Prime Day, you’ll find what the retailer calls “lightning deals,” which are huge discounts that are active for a few hours at a time. You can also set up alerts to be notified when a discount goes live.

Last year’s best deals

On last year’s Amazon Prime Day, there were a number of really must-have deals.

(Amazon)

Apple products have seen a huge reduction – for example, Apple’s AirPods pro (£189, Amazon.co.uk) have been reduced by 25%, while the Apple Watch SE (£249, Amazon.co.uk) was reduced to just £286.99 – a very impressive offer at the time.

Similarly, in the tech area, there were huge discounts on Amazon’s own-brand products – the Fire HD 10 tablet (£149.99, Amazon.co.uk) has been reduced by 47% to just £79.99. The Kindle paperwhite (£120.53, Amazon.co.uk) meanwhile, saw an equally impressive discount, making it just £89.99, down from the usual £129.

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If you’re looking for appliances, you might be interested to know that there were massive savings to be had in this department as well. Shark’s Anti-Hair Vacuum Cleaner proved hugely popular, with the price dropping from £379.99 to just £183.99.

Another sale buy that many were seriously interested in was Ninja’s air fryer (£249, Amazon.co.uk) which offered an impressive 40% off, which meant a saving of £100.

There were also plenty of top-notch gaming offerings. PlayStation fans were given three months Plus 3 and PlayStation Now subscription for just £29.99 instead of £42.98.

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There was even £15 off an Xbox Series S bundle (£259.95, Amazon.co.uk), which at the time was quite significant due to the stock issues the console was struggling with.

If you missed last year or are just wondering how this year’s event will go, we’re expecting similar price drops for 2022, so you’re in for a treat.

Amazon Prime Day vs Black Friday: Should we wait?

When it comes to sales events, Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day are the biggest and best. But of course, there are differences between the two that can influence when you choose to shop.

One of the main differences is that during Black Friday you’ll see thousands of retailers taking part and offering big discounts across the board, so in theory you have more choice.

This is in stark contrast to Prime Day, where selling is limited (but not so much given the number of products the retailer stocks) to just items on Amazon’s website. That being said, the great thing about Prime Day is that the deals are all in one place, which makes browsing much easier than the beast that is Black Friday. And the discounts are exclusively for Prime members, so you’re more likely to land a good deal because there’s less competition.

On Prime Day, the main deals you’ll see are for Amazon’s own-brand and tech devices, with discounts of up to 50% in previous years, so it’s the perfect time to grab some huge savings.

To answer the question of whether you should wait, bearing in mind Amazon’s track record, you’ll get very similar, if not the same deals, so we suggest shopping your way around on Prime Day.

How to sign up for Amazon Prime

As we noted, Prime Day deals are exclusively for Amazon Prime subscribers. It costs £7.99 per month or £79 for a year. Nothing could be easier to register, just go to the Amazon Prime landing page and enter your details.

If you don’t want to pay the monthly fee, you can get a 30 day free trial, which will also give you access to the sale, but we recommend doing this closer to the time. Although you won’t be charged, you’ll need to enter your card details when signing up, as Amazon automatically converts you to a paid subscription after 30 days.

Is Amazon Prime worth it?

The value of a subscription service of course depends on your personal preferences. But, you get many benefits as an Amazon Prime member.

Not only will you get Prime Day deals, but you’ll also get free next day or same day shipping on items, plus access to thousands of free eBooks and access to First video and Amazon Music services.

All this for just £7.99 a month is pretty good, so we’d recommend register.

Previous Prime Day Dates

  • 2015 – July 15th
  • 2016 – July 12
  • 2017 – 11 July
  • 2018 – July 16
  • 2019 – July 15th
  • 2020 – October 13
  • 2021 – 21st of June

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Zoo monkeys connect to the Amazon-style media system to see if they prefer music or videos https://bastard-inc.com/zoo-monkeys-connect-to-the-amazon-style-media-system-to-see-if-they-prefer-music-or-videos/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 20:59:00 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/zoo-monkeys-connect-to-the-amazon-style-media-system-to-see-if-they-prefer-music-or-videos/ The ZOO monkeys connected to an Amazon Primate media system to see if they prefer music or videos. They even toggled between three choices by triggering infrared sensors. 2 Zoo monkeys have logged into an Amazon Primate media system to see if they prefer music or videosCredit: Alamy The researchers placed the “player” in a […]]]>

The ZOO monkeys connected to an Amazon Primate media system to see if they prefer music or videos.

They even toggled between three choices by triggering infrared sensors.

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The researchers placed the “player” in a tunnel in an enclosure for three white-faced saki.

On some days, areas would have videos – worms, underwater scenes and abstract shapes to choose from by triggering the sensor.

The videos would turn off if the monkeys lost interest, usually after a few seconds.

On other days there were three sound bites – electronic music plus traffic and rain sounds.

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Experts found saki opted slightly more for audio content, but not enough to say it was their preference.

Dr Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas from the University of Glasgow, who led the research at a zoo in Finland, said: “We have already explored how monkeys interact with video content and audio content, but that is the first time we give the possibility to choose between the two.

“Our results raise a number of questions that deserve further study to help us build effective interactive systems.”

Dr Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas said:

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The Boys kills a member of The Seven https://bastard-inc.com/the-boys-kills-a-member-of-the-seven/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 20:01:00 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/the-boys-kills-a-member-of-the-seven/ The fourth episode of The Boys Season 3, “Glorious Five Year Plan”, kills off a major member of The Seven. WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for The Boys Season 3, Episode 4, “Glorious Five Year Plan,” premiering June 10 on Amazon Prime Video. The last episode of The boys Season 3, “Glorious Five Year […]]]>

The fourth episode of The Boys Season 3, “Glorious Five Year Plan”, kills off a major member of The Seven.

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for The Boys Season 3, Episode 4, “Glorious Five Year Plan,” premiering June 10 on Amazon Prime Video.

The last episode of The boys Season 3, “Glorious Five Year Plan”, kills off the Seven’s newest member: Alex/Supersonic.

Annie January/Starlight’s ex-boyfriend, Supersonic debuted at the start of The Boys Season 3 as part of American Hero, a competition/reality show designed to find a new member for The Seven. . Initially, Starlight asked Supersonic not to accept the show’s invitation to join The Seven, revealing Homelander’s increasingly erratic behavior to him. Still, Supersonic ended up joining the team and, in “Glorious Five Year Plan”, attends his first group meeting. Starlight ends up recruiting Supersonic in a plot to finally fight and stop Homelander.

RELATED: The Boys Boss Confirms Season 3’s Grossest Scene Inspired by ‘Thanus’ TheoryDuring the “Glorious Five Year Plan”, Homelander grows increasingly powerful behind the scenes at Vought International, making a deal with Congresswoman Victoria Neuman to investigate CEO Stan Edgar in exchange for Compound V for his daughter. This emboldens Homelander, who believes he is now in charge of the business. A-Train ends up leaking information about Supersonic’s plot to Homelander. In response, Homelander kills Supersonic and takes Starlight to a rooftop to view his body, saying he will do the same to her boyfriend, Hughie Campbell, if she doesn’t obey him.


Also known as Drummer Boy, Supersonic was a member of Young Americans alongside Starlight. The character, played by Miles Gaston Villaneuva, was also a member of the boy band Super-Sweet, and the music of this fictional band has been featured in The boys Season 3.

RELATED: The Boys Star Shows Fans a Tour of the Team’s New BaseCreated by Eric Kripke, The boys is based on the comic book series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The series focuses on The Boys, a group out to take down the corrupt Vought International, the corporation responsible for creating supes. Reception at the three seasons of The boys has been overwhelmingly positive, and there’s currently a spin-off in the works centered on the G-Men, a parody of Marvel’s X-Men. Additionally, Amazon Prime Video released an animated spin-off titled The Boys Presents: Diabolical, which features canon material.


New episodes of The boys Season 3 releases Friday on Amazon Prime Video. The next episode of the series, “The Last Time to Look on This World of Lies,” will hit the streaming service on June 17.

Source: Amazon Prime Video

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7 new albums you should listen to now: Grace Ives, Elucid, Joyce Manor, and more https://bastard-inc.com/7-new-albums-you-should-listen-to-now-grace-ives-elucid-joyce-manor-and-more/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 13:41:05 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/7-new-albums-you-should-listen-to-now-grace-ives-elucid-joyce-manor-and-more/ With so much great music coming out all the time, it can be hard to figure out what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a preview of major new releases available on streaming services. This week’s bundle includes new albums from Grace Ives, Elucid, Joyce Manor, Saya Gray, Sam Gendel, Levon Vincent and […]]]>

With so much great music coming out all the time, it can be hard to figure out what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a preview of major new releases available on streaming services. This week’s bundle includes new albums from Grace Ives, Elucid, Joyce Manor, Saya Gray, Sam Gendel, Levon Vincent and Deliluh. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday Bulletin to get our recommendations delivered to your inbox every week. (All versions featured here are independently selected by our editors. However, when you purchase something through our affiliate links, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)

Grace Ives: janky star [True Panther/Harvest]

Brooklyn-based musician Grace Ives announced janky star in April with the release of his irresistible track “Lullaby”. The indie pop jam arrived with a horse girl-friendly music video featuring Ives dancing and prancing through stables and farmland. “Lullaby” is one of 10 songs on the new disc, which also includes the singles “Looseand “Business Angel”. janky star follows Ives’ 2019 album 2nd and features a Justin Raisen co-production. It addresses themes such as devotion, sobriety and the desire to transcend modern life.

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The KEF LSX II wireless music system promises a host of upgrades in its second generation https://bastard-inc.com/the-kef-lsx-ii-wireless-music-system-promises-a-host-of-upgrades-in-its-second-generation/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://bastard-inc.com/the-kef-lsx-ii-wireless-music-system-promises-a-host-of-upgrades-in-its-second-generation/ High-end British audio company KEF tells us that it has significantly improved the LSX Wireless Music System which we named Editors’ Choice in June 2019. The second-generation KEF LSX II is expected to ship on June 23, 2022 with a retail price of $1,400. The system uses the company’s W2 wireless platform, first introduced in […]]]> ]]>