Tag: smart speakers

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HomePod pre-orders impress as Samsung smart speaker is delayed

Research firm NPD Group has shared a small data point about the recent launch of Apple’s HomePod smart speaker. “In the US, day one pre-orders of HomePod were higher than all other smart speaker first day pre-orders,...
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Survey claims early satisfaction with smart speakers is high

89% of Americans who’ve bought a smart speaker so far are satisfied with their device, according to a new survey published by investment firm Loup Ventures. “A closer look at the results reveals the reason for this...
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Apple CEO worried about ‘humanity’ draining out of music

Apple CEO Tim Cook is worried that music is just becoming a ‘bits and bytes’ world. He expressed the view in an interview with Fast Company, in which he was asked about Apple’s past and present relationship with music,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...