With Amazon's new Amp app, anyone can become a DJ or the host of their own radio show. However, access is currently limited and requires an invite.By John FinnPublishedShareTweetEmail
The internet has already helped fuel a creator economy andAmazon’s new Amp app looks to do the same for any budding DJs or radio show hosts. While there is currently plenty of talk surrounding Web3, it was the so-called Web2 that transformed the internet into a place where anyone could publish, upload and create content.
Much of the focus of creators has been on images and videos in the past, thanks to the increase in popularity of services like Instagram and YouTube, but the conversation has somewhat changed to a focus on audio more recently. While podcasts are an obvious example of this, there has also been an increase in interest in audio conversations, with Clubhouse one of the most well-known apps to date. Since then, Clubhouse has gone on to pave the way for a range of similar audio apps to follow suit.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
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Amazon’s Amp is somewhat similar to those other offerings, albeit with more of a unique selling point and target audience. Amp effectively makes it possible for anyone to become a DJ or a radio show host. Once downloaded, anyone can use the app to create their own show and stream any of the “tens of millions of licensed songs” that are already available though the Amp music library. Completing the radio show experience, hosts are even able to take calls from their listeners.
One of the first things to be aware of is that Amp has only been released in a limited beta form, with the app currently only available to download on iPhone from the App Store. In addition, an Amazon account is needed to set up an Amp account. More importantly, an access code is also required to create an Amp account. There are currently three ways to get one of these access codes and the easiest option is to join the waitlist through the iOS app. The other ways to get an invite is to subscribe to the Amp Newsletter and/or follow the @onamp_ Instagram account. It is expected that the invite process will be removed in due course, and likely once Amazon has tested the platform enough to ensure it can handle the capacity.
In the meantime, invited users can go about creating their account by adding a username, display name, bio, and can even add links to their various social media profiles. After which, they can simply listen to any of the shows already available on the platform or create their own. Considering the platform is focused on live broadcasts, there’s not too much to do here other than go live. However, Amp does make the process of planning ahead as easy as possible by allowing users to add as many songs as they want to a playlist, and then the ability to drop any of those playlisted songs during their live show. Once up and running, the community of listeners will then be able to join the party by either calling in or making song requests. For those specifically looking to succeed on this newAmazon platform, as is always the case with the creator economy, creativity and personality are likely to be key.
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John Finn is a technology editor and writer for Screen Rant. John has been covering technology since 2014 and focuses on where tech meets the movie and TV industry. A Psychology graduate from England who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. You can find John on Twitter (@J_Finns) or contact directly at john [at] screenrant [dot] com.