Google/Amazon deal sends YouTube to FireTV and Prime Video to Chromecast

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The free, ad-supported YouTube Music on Google-powered smart speakers is available in the UK, US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Japan, Netherlands, and Austria.

"This announcement is just one example of the deepening integration between YouTube Music and Google Assistant-enabled hardware".

Notably, Amazon has begun selling the Chromecast again, but it still doesn't sell other Google products like the Google Home that competes with Amazon's Echo devices or any Nest products.

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Similarly, Chromecast and Android TV users will be able to install a Prime Video app.

A report by CIRP from February suggested there were 66m smart speakers in homes across the United States, with Amazon's Echo claiming a 70% market share and Google 24%. After YouTube, Amazon will get Google's YouTube TV streaming broadcast TV service. The latter isn't a major concern, however, as YouTube can already be accessed through the tablet's browser.

Chromecast users will meanwhile have similar access to the Prime Video catalog.

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Amazon on Thursday launched a new music service for its Alexa devices that's free to use but includes ads. Coming later in the year will be dedicated apps for YouTube Kids and YouTube TV, the company's live, TV-streaming subscription service.

Amazon and Google are ending their almost 2-year spat, agreeing to bring their video streaming apps to each others devices. The new app will allow users to sign into their personal accounts and play 4K content at up to 60fps on supported devices.

Google is bringing an ad-supported version of its Youtube Music to the smart speaker.

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