Tag: smart speakers

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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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Deezer expands HiFi tier’s availability on Google Home

Thus far, the music aspects for smart speakers have focused on voice-control features, rather than the quality of the audio. Deezer is hoping to drum up more subscribers for its ‘high-fidelity’ Deezer HiFi tier from owners...
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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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Sonos IPO filing reveals revenues, losses and device sales

Connected audio-hardware firm Sonos has officially filed to go public, and its S-1 form has plenty of data on how the company has been performing against competition from smart speakers. “As of March 31, 2018, our customers...
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Spotify’s Danielle Lee talks brands, audio and diverse recruitment

“Music data, I think, is really unique. We really believe that we can extract unique insights based on how you stream. You can understand habits. You can understand moods, mindsets, tastes. And you can start to predict...
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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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Amazon Premier League deal could be a boost for music-streaming

This story may sound somewhat parochial, but bear with us. Amazon has paid an undisclosed amount for the rights to stream 20 English Premier League (football) matches for each of the three seasons starting in 2019. The...
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Report claims Google beat Amazon for Q1 smart-speaker shipments

In well-established hardware markets like smartphones, the main research firms tend to agree – more or less – on the main market-share figures. For smart speakers, it seems there is more room for disagreement, aided by...
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Alexa in the spotlight over sharing of private conversation

When privacy campaigners express concerns about the rise of smart speakers, the suggestion that big-tech firms are ‘listening in’ (and, indeed, potentially recording) private conversations is often raised as a worry. A story...
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Music marketing in the voice era: ‘Fans really connect with stories’

At Music Ally's Sandbox Summit NY conference today, the discussion around music-marketing trends inevitably touched on smart speakers and voice assistants, with a panel session focusing on the implications for labels and...
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Amazon now has 100m paid Prime members globally

‘Divinely discontent’ customers, perfect handstands, six-page narratives… There’s quite a lot to parse in Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ latest letter to shareholders: it’s an interesting insight into how he sees the...
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Analyst predicts 2m-2.5m Apple HomePod sales in 2018

Predicting Apple device sales is a risky business, especially if you’re saying they’re going to disappoint: the company has a habit of proving naysayers wrong. Still, research firm KGI’s analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s...