Tag: smart speakers
Spotify is ‘on its way’ to creating its first hardware according to job ad
As we suggested last time the ‘Spotify making hardware’ speculation bubbled up, it would be surprising if the company *wasn’t* mulling physical products, given its current reliance on devices from Apple, Google and...
February 20, 2018
Consumer Reports publishes initial HomePod comparison tests
The initial wave of reviews in the press about Apple’s HomePod smart speaker have been very positive about its hardware – specifically its audio quality. Now Consumer Reports has published some ‘early results’ of...
February 13, 2018
Apple HomePod release sparks more analyst predictions
The Apple HomePod joined the smart-speakers battle on Friday, with first shipments of the device landing in people’s living rooms and kitchens. The first takes on HomePod in last week’s reviews are hardening into a wider...
February 12, 2018
Amazon Alexa gets new music-playlist creation features
Amazon hasn’t made a big deal of its latest smart-speaker feature, but it’s an extremely interesting development for anyone who’s been thinking about how playlists evolve in a world of voice control. Users – initially...
February 9, 2018
Apple HomePod reviews: sounds great, could be smarter
Apple’s HomePod smart speaker goes on sale this Friday (9 February) in the US, UK and Australia, with the first wave of reviews published yesterday. How does it compare to the Amazon Echo and Google Home ranges? Reviewers...
February 7, 2018
Storyline wants to help non-coders make Alexa skills
Here’s a startup slogan to make the music industry’s ears prick up: ‘Create Alexa skills without coding’. That’s the pitch for a new company called Storyline, which has developed a visual drag’n’drop interface...
February 5, 2018
What do smart speakers and voice assistants REALLY mean for music?
Smart speakers like Amazon's Echo and Google Home are selling in their tens of millions, and it's becoming clear that voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant (and Apple's Siri once its HomePod device ships) will...
January 23, 2018
CMO Seth Farbman on Spotify: ‘It’s maybe more like a republic than a democracy’
Seth Farbman used to be chief marketing officer at clothing retailer The Gap. Now he's marketing a music-streaming service, as CMO of Spotify. Farbman joined Music Biz and Music Ally's NY:LON Connect conference in New...
January 23, 2018
Apple HomePod smart speaker will go on sale on 9 February
Apple HomePod, the company's first smart speaker, will go on sale on 9 February in the US, UK and Australia, with pre-orders kicking off online this Friday (26 January). The company announced the dates today, having delayed...
January 23, 2018
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 –...
January 16, 2018
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...
January 15, 2018
Facebook tipped to launch ‘Portal’ video-chat device in 2018
This week’s CES show in Las Vegas has seen a horde of new smart speakers and ‘smart displays’ (speakers with screens) announced, but the biggest launch of 2018 may be unveiled a little later in the year. News site...
January 10, 2018