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Forget the ‘value gap’ – do smart speakers have an accent gap?

Okay, don’t forget the debate around the ‘value gap’ as it’s important. But it’s not the only gap that the digital-music ecosystem has to think about in 2018. An investigation by the Washington Post has identified...
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Report: Amazon now accounts for 49.1% of US e-commerce market

Amazon is about to fire the starting trigger on its annual Prime Day of shopping deals, and research firm eMarketer has put out some new analysis of the company’s place in the US online-retail sector to accompany it. Its...
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100m smart speakers expected to be in use by end of 2018

Research firm Canalys has published the latest report predicting the growth of the smart-speakers market, and there’s a big, round number attached to it. “Canalys expects the smart speaker installed base will approach...
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Smart speakers continue their reach into non-English markets

A new study on smart speakers from research firm IHS Markit doesn’t add many surprises: 65% of respondents use these devices for listening to music, asking questions and checking the weather, versus just 6% for controlling...
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Alexa may have own ‘opinions’ on entertainment in the future

Labels have been working hard to understand how smart assistants like Amazon’s Alexa decide what music to play when, for example, an Echo owner asks for some ‘happy indie music from the 1990s’. These algorithms –...
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NPR / Edison: One in six Americans now own a smart speaker

January has already seen a flurry of new research into smart speakers, timed to coincide with the CES show in Las Vegas. The latest example comes from NPR and Edison Research, who surveyed 1,816 Americans in November and...
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70% of smart-speaker owners listen to more audio at home

Research firm Edison Research has published its latest investigation into the habits of smart-speaker owners – which now include 7% of Americans according to its surveys. “70% of smart speaker owners say they are listening...
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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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US consumer tech sales tipped to reach $292bn in 2017

With the CES gadgets show in full swing in Las Vegas, it’s time for industry body the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) to make its annual predictions for the size of the gadgets market. It claims that sales of consumer...
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Universal Music CTO Ty Roberts talks APIs, VR and hi-res music

Universal Music Group sprang a surprise this year when it recruited veteran digital media innovator and Gracenote co-founder Ty Roberts as its new SVP and chief technology officer in April. After eight months soaking up...
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Amazon estimated to have sold more than 3m Echo speakers

Amazon’s voice-controlled Echo speaker has been a big hit in the US. This being Amazon, though, official figures on exactly how big a hit the connected device has been have not been announced. Research firm Consumer...