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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Amazon Alexa now has more than 15k skills available

Earlier this year, Amazon said that there were now more than 10,000 ’skills’ available for its Alexa voice assistant – its equivalent of apps for smartphones. Now that figure appears to have swelled to more than...