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...
May 8, 2017
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...
February 27, 2017
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...
February 21, 2017
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...
February 2, 2017
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...
January 23, 2017
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...
January 4, 2017
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...
December 7, 2016
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...
November 14, 2016
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...
September 15, 2016
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...
August 11, 2016
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...
March 24, 2015