Friday, May 22, 2020

Google is launching a three-day radio station this weekend | Music Ally

Apple has its Beats 1 radio station, but now Google has Nest Sessions. Alright, it’s not quite on the same level of ambition, but it’s interesting.

Described as “a mood-lifting music experience inspired by psychology”, Nest Sessions will broadcast live in the UK this weekend (23-25 May) accessed from smart speakers by saying ‘Hey Google, talk to Nest Sessions’.  It’ll include live performances, Q&As and playlists curated by artists including Celeste, Sam Tompkins, Olly Alexander, Jessie Ware and Mae Muller.

The schedule has been published on the product page for Google’s Nest Mini smart speaker in the UK, and two asterisks next to the title relate to some intriguing small print at the bottom of the page: “Content requires a Google and Spotify account, Assistant-enabled compatible devices, and Internet connection.”

Google and Spotify have worked closely together around the former’s smart speakers, but it’s a little surprising that Spotify is the partner for Nest Sessions rather than YouTube Music.

Stuart Dredge


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