China is fastest-growing smart-speaker market says Canalys
Amid a flurry of reports on the growth of the smart-speaker market, research firm Canalys has offered a different angle: it says that China is now the fastest-growing market for these devices. “Despite strong growth...
August 20, 2018
Smart speaker sales, forecasts and market share: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and more
The music industry is intensely interested in the growth of the market for smart speaker devices: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and other speakers controlled via voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and...
August 6, 2018
Amazon estimated to have 70% of US smart-speaker market
The latest analysis of the smart-speakers market comes from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), which reckons that the US install base of these devices is now 50m units. The company’s survey of 500 owners...
August 3, 2018
Amazon Premier League deal could be a boost for music-streaming
This story may sound somewhat parochial, but bear with us. Amazon has paid an undisclosed amount for the rights to stream 20 English Premier League (football) matches for each of the three seasons starting in 2019. The...
June 11, 2018
Alexa in the spotlight over sharing of private conversation
When privacy campaigners express concerns about the rise of smart speakers, the suggestion that big-tech firms are ‘listening in’ (and, indeed, potentially recording) private conversations is often raised as a worry. A story...
May 25, 2018
Amazon now has 100m paid Prime members globally
‘Divinely discontent’ customers, perfect handstands, six-page narratives… There’s quite a lot to parse in Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ latest letter to shareholders: it’s an interesting insight into how he sees the...
April 19, 2018
TuneIn launches discounted subscription for Alexa devices
Streaming-radio service TuneIn is trying something new for Amazon’s Echo speakers. It’s a discounted premium subscription tier, which will cost $2.99 a month from Alexa-enabled devices, compared to the usual $9.99-a-month...
April 3, 2018
Smart speakers’ impact on music: ‘I don’t think it can be overhyped…’
More than 26m smart speakers were shipped globally in 2017 according to research firm Futuresource, with the Amazon Echo and Google Home ranges proving popular devices. That was the spur for an event hosted by British...
March 21, 2018
DeepMusic Alexa skill serves up AI-generated songs
Amid all the industry conversation about how smart speakers will affect the way people listen to music, the assumption has been that the music in question will be made by humans. Here’s a new Alexa skill to make you...
March 12, 2018
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...
February 22, 2018
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...
February 9, 2018
7digital makes video news programme for Amazon’s Echo Show
7digital’s Entertainment News division is making the most of the screen that comes with Amazon’s Echo Show smart speaker. Just launched in the UK after its US debut earlier in the year, the Show has a seven-inch screen...
November 17, 2017