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Report claims 35.6m Americans will use smart speakers in 2017

Smart speakers like Amazon Echo speaker and its Alexa assistant have been getting plenty of music-industry people excited about its potential to provide new ways to discover and listen to music. With the launch of Google...
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Music’s future in a world of bots, smart assistants and invisible interfaces

The 'future of technology' session at last week's FastForward conference in Amsterdam, moderated by Music Ally, started off with a discussion about virtual reality. You can read our writeup of that here. The conversation...
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Apple reportedly not building Echo-style ‘Siri machine’

The tech and media industries have always been full of people with firm ideas about what Apple should build next, from smart TVs to VR headsets. And now smart speakers, thanks to the popularity of Amazon’s Echo and its...
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Study claims 14m Americans are using an Amazon Echo

The latest estimates suggest that Amazon may have sold more than 7m of its Echo speakers so far globally. Now research firm MusicWatch has published a study gauging the devices’ audience in the US. “Based on the 15th...
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Analyst claims Google has shipped 500k Home devices

Google shipped half a million of its Home smart speakers in the final quarter of 2016, according to analyst firm Edison Investment Research. The company published its estimate in a note warning that Google needs to do...
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Amazon is putting Alexa in more devices this year

The CES technology show is underway in Las Vegas, and one of the early splashes has been made by Amazon – albeit through other companies’ devices. The firm announced deals to put its Fire TV platform (and its Alexa...
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Rolling Stones go Side By Side with Amazon

The Rolling Stones have become one of the most high-profile artists yet to take part in Amazon’s new ‘Side by Side’ feature. Part of the newly-launched Amazon Music Unlimited streaming service, Side by Side offers playlists...
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Amazon launches Music Unlimited streaming service in the UK

Amazon has taken its Music Unlimited on-demand streaming service across the Atlantic, launching it in the UK a month after its debut in the US. That’s a quicker hop across the pond than its predecessor Amazon Prime Music...
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Amazon Echo speaker to launch in UK and Germany

As expected, Amazon is sending its Echo speaker across the Atlantic. The Echo is now on sale in the UK and Germany, shipping to pre-orderers there on 28 September and 26 October respectively. Amazon will sell the speaker...
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Why Amazon Echo and Alexa are a big part of music’s future

Outside the US, the Amazon Echo speaker is still a product that flies under the radar. Not a surprise, since it hasn't launched outside the US yet. The initial Echo went on sale Stateside in November 2014, a few months...
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Music bodies hitting Grooveshark hard with Google takedowns

Controversial streaming service Grooveshark is taking a hit to its Google search ranking. The company is being targeted by a blizzard of takedown requests sent to Google, which recently started actually taking this data into...
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Turntable.fm faces falling-traffic questions

There has been a lot of buzz around avatar-based social music service Turntable.fm this year, but analytics show a sharp spike in visitors/searches in June and July, followed by a rapid decline over the months since then.