Google continues lobbying on European copyright directive
The next hurdle for the proposed new European copyright directive to become law – Article 13 included – is a vote by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) later this month. It’s clear that lobbying from all sides...
March 5, 2019
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...
February 6, 2019
Google and Baidu reveal latest stats for their voice assistants
Hey, Amazon! Google sees your announcement of Alexa being pre-installed on 100m devices, and raises you… tenfold. Or rather: Google says that by the end of January, its Google Assistant voice-assistant will be on more than...
January 8, 2019
Spotify and Google team up for smart-speaker giveaway in the US
Well, ‘giveaway’ may not be quite the right term here: it’s not a complete freebie as it requires a paying subscription. But new *and* existing Spotify Family plan subscribers in the US can now claim a Google Home...
November 1, 2018
Apple CEO: ‘Our own information… is being weaponised against us’
If you haven’t read any of the stories about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s speech in Brussels yesterday, they’re worth a look. Cook outlined Apple’s views on digital privacy, and while (of course!) he didn’t name Google...
October 25, 2018
Google Home Hub to compete with Echo Show and Facebook Portal
We’re going to have to find a new name that isn’t ‘smart speakers’ to cover devices that include a screen: answers on a postcard, please! Hot on the heels of Facebook Portal, Google unveiled its latest smart-home...
October 10, 2018
Google+ to shut down after Google reveals user-data leak
It seems a long time since Music Ally was writing articles about what the Google+ social network might mean for music marketing. Google stopped promoting it as a social network some time ago, although Google+ lived on. Not...
October 9, 2018
Google adds music features to its Google Maps app
If there’s a list of ‘things the music industry would like Google to do with music’ it’s fair to say ‘adding it to Google Maps’ wasn’t a high priority. Still, that’s exactly what the company has done, as part...
October 2, 2018
Google, Yandex and Mail.ru have ‘discussed’ anti-piracy database
Reports of Google and Russian technology companies sitting down to discuss a database of copyright-infringing content is guaranteed to make the western music industry’s ears prick up. TorrentFreak has the details of meetings...
September 25, 2018
Google beefs up its music-recognition skills with Sound Search improvements
It looks like Apple’s acquisition of Shazam will soon go through, having been approved by European regulators. That will in turn spark more discussion of what the deal means for rivals: not just Apple Music’s rivals like...
September 17, 2018
Anti-touting campaigners call for Google to restrict Viagogo ads
The debate about secondary-ticketing website Viagogo continues in the UK, where anti-touting campaigners have published an open letter to Google asking it to crack down on the company’s search advertisements. The letter...
September 11, 2018
UK broadcasters call for more regulation of internet firms
In a year of enhanced scrutiny of internet companies, the latest example is a group of British broadcasters lobbying for Facebook, Google and Twitter to face more regulation by a new watchdog created specifically for the...
September 4, 2018