Tag: smart speakers

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Qualcomm wants to power new wave of smart speakers

When we talk about smart speakers now, the attention is inevitably drawn to Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod, although if you read our recent Smart Speakers Music Ally report, you’ll also be aware of the likes of Whyd,...
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Apple Music gets more social as HomePod speaker debuts

As expected, there was a new milestone for Apple Music subscribers, new features for Apple’s streaming service, and a smart-speaker unveiled to boost its prospects in the home at last night’s WWDC event in San Jose. There...
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Google’s latest Android milestone: 2bn active devices

In recent years, we’ve thought a lot about Apple’s iOS as a platform for music services and apps, but perhaps not as much as we should have done about Google’s Android. At the company’s opening keynote for its...
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Report claims 35.6m Americans will use smart speakers in 2017

Smart speakers like Amazon Echo speaker and its Alexa assistant have been getting plenty of music-industry people excited about its potential to provide new ways to discover and listen to music. With the launch of Google...
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Sonos officially unveils its new Playbase speaker

We got an early unauthorised look at Sonos’ new Playbase speaker last month when images of it leaked online. Now it’s official: the $700 device was formally announced yesterday. It’s a follow-up to Sonos’ Playbar...
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Devialet sets its sights on high-end audio market… and beyond

In the 1980s, Belgian brewer Stella Artois ran an advertising campaign to promote its products internationally, using the tagline that its beer was “reassuringly expensive”. During a decade of naked aspiration and...
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Music’s future in a world of bots, smart assistants and invisible interfaces

The 'future of technology' session at last week's FastForward conference in Amsterdam, moderated by Music Ally, started off with a discussion about virtual reality. You can read our writeup of that here. The conversation...
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Apple reportedly not building Echo-style ‘Siri machine’

The tech and media industries have always been full of people with firm ideas about what Apple should build next, from smart TVs to VR headsets. And now smart speakers, thanks to the popularity of Amazon’s Echo and its...