Amazon Alexa gets even more conversational about music
Q4 may not be quite as intense a period for many people in the music industry as it used to be in the physical era, given the fact that an album released early in the year (or in Ed Sheeran’s case, early in the previous...
December 7, 2018
Next for Alexa: more headphones and newscaster speaking voice
Amazon’s drive to get its Alexa voice-assistant onto as many devices as possible, while improving its features, continues. The company has opened up its ‘mobile accessory kit’ for Alexa, which will help Bluetooth devices...
November 21, 2018
Amazon Alexa gets artist notifications… and a Little Mix AAA skill
Spotify’s Release Radar and Apple Music’s New Music Mix are high in the minds of music marketers in 2018. They’re figuring out what ‘signals’ (for example: following an artist’s profile and saving their music...
November 5, 2018
Amazon Alexa Accelerator adds two music-related startups
Alexa Accelerator is Amazon’s investment fund for startups working with voice technology and smart speakers. Its latest three investments include two companies related to our industry: Bamboo Learning and Endel. Bamboo...
September 28, 2018
Alexa gets smarter as Amazon unveils a raft of new devices
Ha! Amazon saw your media speculation about eight new Alexa devices launching before Christmas, and raised you.
September 21, 2018
Amazon’s Echo Sub and Smart Plug details leak ahead of launch
We reported earlier this week on the rumours of eight new Alexa-powered Amazon devices coming before the end of 2018, including a microwave oven, an amp, a receiver, a subwoofer and an in-car gadget.
September 20, 2018
Report claims eight new Amazon Alexa devices to launch before Christmas
2018 has seen an explosion in new devices NOT made by Amazon or Google, but which use those companies' voice assistants - Alexa and Google Assistant respectively.
September 18, 2018
Alexa now answers questions about upcoming music concerts
Amazon’s latest feature for its Alexa voice assistant focuses on live music. Alexa can now answer questions about upcoming concerts and music venues, globally.
September 5, 2018
Amazon’s Alexa is now available on more than 20k devices
If you’re thinking about the future of smart speakers and voice assistants, it’s not just about the devices from the companies that make those assistants.
September 3, 2018
Sony and Marshall reveal their new smart speakers
Smart speakers are no longer just about Amazon Echo vs Google Home vs Apple HomePod. Partly because Chinese manufacturers are now fully at the party, but also because other kinds of audio-hardware firms are rolling out their...
August 31, 2018
Amazon Music: ‘We’re in a leadership position everywhere’
Amazon’s music boss Steve Boom has been talking about the company’s growth in music-streaming, amid its new marketing campaign that focuses on ‘voice’ – both in singing and Alexa voice-control terms.
August 31, 2018