With 16m music subscribers Amazon is no longer a dark horse
We’ll stress upfront that this isn’t an official announcement from Amazon: the company hasn’t abandoned its policy of keeping its key music stats to itself. Instead, this is an estimate from Midia Research, claiming...
October 25, 2017
Smart speakers to fuel ‘tenfold’ increase in smart-home devices
Research firm Forrester’s latest prediction for the smart-devices market focuses on the US alone, we should say. “Smart home devices are expected to grow tenfold between 2017 and 2022,” claimed the company in its latest...
October 24, 2017
Google Home Mini and Max fire up the smart-speakers market
Google held a high-profile press launch last night, with its new Pixel 2 smartphones taking top billing. Yet we’re more interested in the evolution of the company’s smart-speaker strategy, with two new models – the...
October 5, 2017
Amazon steps up with new Echo devices and Alexa partnerships
Earlier this week we reported on Amazon adding its Alexa voice assistant to its flagship music app. That was just the teaser though: yesterday the company unveiled a swathe of new Echo speakers and devices, while also signifying...
September 28, 2017
US surveys offer encouraging signs for Apple Music
We’re expecting a new milestone for Apple Music subscribers to be announced on 12 September at the iPhone 8 launch. If the service’s growth has held steady, it should have reached 30 million subscribers by then. Ahead...
September 8, 2017
Sonos preps smart-speaker launch amid Echo refresh rumours
Yesterday, we reported on a Sonos regulatory filing revealing a few details on its upcoming voice-controlled smart speaker. Now we know when it’s likely to be launched officially: 4 October, judging by an invitation...
August 30, 2017
Amazon prepares to expand ticketing ambitions to the US
Amazon’s ambition to do more around concert ticketing is hardly a secret: Amazon Tickets has been operating in the UK for some time now, and is increasingly prominent there through partnerships with venues. In January,...
August 11, 2017
Amazon gets frisky: ’Alexa, play baby-making music’
Whether the artists are ‘fake’ or not, we know all about the popularity of mood and context-based playlists on streaming services like Spotify. Now Amazon is taking that idea into the world of voice-controlled music with...
August 4, 2017
Report claims Amazon now has 16m music subscribers globally
Amazon’s music-streaming services have often been underestimated, partly because of the company’s familiar reluctance to announce specific figures for their growth. Now research firm Midia Research is trying to fill...
July 17, 2017
Report claims next Amazon Echo will boost audio quality
Since the launch of the original Echo, Amazon has expanded the product family with the Dot, Tap and most recently with the screen-toting Echo Show. Now tech blog Engadget claims that Amazon is preparing for a proper refresh...
July 13, 2017
Amazon and Google launch smart-speaker flash sales
Don’t underestimate Amazon and Google’s determination to get their smart speakers – the Echo family and Google Home respectively – into as many homes as possible. Amazon has launched an aggressive sale for the...
July 11, 2017