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
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...
July 4, 2017
Music Ally Report 405: Smart Speakers Special
Welcome to our ‘Smart Speakers Special’. Here we look at how the likes of Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are setting the agenda, but also how others like Whyd, Clazio, Clova and more are extending what is possible....
June 28, 2017
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...
June 26, 2017
SiriusXM launches an Alexa skill for Echo access
Amazon Echo owners can now access another music-related service through their smart speaker: SiriusXM. The US satellite-radio service has launched its own Alexa skill, making more than 200 of its channels available for...
June 21, 2017
Amazon reportedly shipped 5m Echo speakers in 2016
Amazon keeps its Echo sales figures close to its chest, like many other stats around its business. Today we’ve got a new estimate for those sales though, courtesy of research firm Strategy Analytics. It claims that Amazon...
June 20, 2017
Amazon cracks down on Alexa-like ads for Echo
Amazon has made tentative moves recently to help developers start to make money from their Alexa skills, developed for the company’s Echo devices. However, Amazon is also cracking down on one of the early attempts by...
June 19, 2017
What’s next for music-streaming services? (#midem)
This year’s Midem music-industry conference kicked off with the most logical of topics: music-streaming and subscription services. The industry ended 2016 with 97 million people paying for a music subscription, according...
June 6, 2017