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Amazon planning ‘high-end Echo’? But it already has one…

There was a slightly puzzling report on Bloomberg last Friday claiming that Amazon “is developing a higher quality version of the Echo Speaker” that will be released by next year. “Prototypes of the cylindrical speaker...
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Amazon revamps Echo Dot Kids speaker despite privacy concerns

Amazon has launched a new version of its Echo Dot Kids smart speaker, which was originally released in April 2018. The new version is louder and comes in new colours like ‘Frost Blue’ and ‘Rainbow’. The $70 device...
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There are 66m smart speakers in the US – and 70% are Echos

Research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has issued its latest estimates on the smart-speaker market in the US. It claims the number of speakers in use grew from 37m at the end of 2017 to 66m at the end...
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More than 1m people have pre-ordered Amazon’s Echo Auto

One of the new gadgets announced by Amazon last September was the Echo Auto: a gadget that connects to an in-car entertainment system to add Alexa voice-assistant features. The device is shipping now, and according to Amazon...
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Apple Music to launch for Amazon Echo speakers this month

From iTunes on PCs to Apple Music on Android smartphones, Apple has shown itself willing to take its digital-music platforms beyond its own devices. In the latter case, Apple Music has been installed more than 10m times on...
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Report: Amazon outselling Google for smart speakers again

Research firm Canalys has published its latest figures on the smart-speakers market, focusing on shipments in the third quarter of 2018. It says they grew by 137% year-on-year to 19.7m units, which puts the market on track...
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Spotify’s free tier is coming to connected speakers soon

Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home ranges have a significant role to play in Spotify’s strategy. Witness its recent deal to give away a Google Home Mini to all its family-plan subscribers in the US, and...
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Forget the ‘value gap’ – do smart speakers have an accent gap?

Okay, don’t forget the debate around the ‘value gap’ as it’s important. But it’s not the only gap that the digital-music ecosystem has to think about in 2018. An investigation by the Washington Post has identified...
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Report: Amazon now accounts for 49.1% of US e-commerce market

Amazon is about to fire the starting trigger on its annual Prime Day of shopping deals, and research firm eMarketer has put out some new analysis of the company’s place in the US online-retail sector to accompany it. Its...
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100m smart speakers expected to be in use by end of 2018

Research firm Canalys has published the latest report predicting the growth of the smart-speakers market, and there’s a big, round number attached to it. “Canalys expects the smart speaker installed base will approach...
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Smart speakers continue their reach into non-English markets

A new study on smart speakers from research firm IHS Markit doesn’t add many surprises: 65% of respondents use these devices for listening to music, asking questions and checking the weather, versus just 6% for controlling...
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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 –...