Tag: smart speakers
Major labels talk hi-res audio: ‘It’s not a niche market’
Traditionally, better audio quality has been a niche, from physical formats like DVD-Audio and SACD to lossless-quality music downloads. Will ‘hi-res’ audio be more than a niche for audiophile music fans? The three...
September 4, 2017
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...
August 30, 2017
First Sonos smart-speaker details leak through FCC filing
Sonos has been mulling its strategy around voice-control and smart assistants for some time now. The company’s first device to ship with this technology is on its way, judging by a filing with US regulator the FCC for a...
August 29, 2017
Deezer gets first smart-speaker integration with Google Home
When Music Ally sat down with a series of Deezer executives at the company’s media day last December, smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo were high on their priority lists, with the realisation that rivals were ahead of...
August 9, 2017
WMG wants ‘greater differentiation’ between free and paid streaming
Streaming may have been the driver behind eight consecutive quarters of revenue growth for Warner Music Group, which reported its latest strong financials yesterday. But CEO Steve Cooper says that WMG is keen for streaming...
August 9, 2017
Voice and video may fuel the next billion internet users
When we talk about online video and voice-activated devices, we often see them through the prism of western consumers: Echo buyers exploring the latest Alexa skills, and teenagers who communicate visually rather than textually. While...
August 8, 2017
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
Facebook tipped to launch video-chat device and smart speaker
We’ve already covered rumours that Facebook is working on a smart speaker. Now Bloomberg has fleshed those out with claims that there are actually two devices potentially on the way from the social network. One is still...
August 2, 2017
Facebook tipped to launch its own smart speaker in 2018
Amazon and Google have their own smart speakers with Apple’s HomePod set to join them by the end of 2017, as well as devices for China from the various tech giants there. It was only a matter of time before rumours about...
July 26, 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