Colors moves into the headphones market with first hardware
Regular readers of our Sandbox report will be very familiar with music brand Colors and the minimalist videos it records for artists which are often a key part of their marketing campaigns. The visual aesthetic is based around...
December 9, 2019
Jukedeck founder responds to Amazon’s DeepComposer launch
We reported yesterday on Amazon’s announcement of DeepComposer, a musical keyboard designed to help developers explore generative AI. Now Ed Newton-Rex, founder of one of the first AI-music startups, Jukedeck, has been giving...
December 4, 2019
Amazon ‘DeepComposer’ keyboard is for generative-AI music tests
The latest big technology company to get involved in AI music is Amazon, with a new musical keyboard called DeepComposer. It’s aimed at developers, to give them “a creative way to experience machine learning”. How?...
December 3, 2019
Apple tipped to double its AirPods shipments to 60m this year
Thanks to its music-driven adverts, Apple’s original iPod earphones became one of the most recognisable tech products back in the day. Its modern equivalents, the wireless AirPods, are increasingly common on the streets...
November 22, 2019
Former Formula 1 boss Ron Dennis takes stake in Roxi
Roxi is the company formerly known as Electric Jukebox: a UK-based startup that launched a music-streaming service in 2016 centred on a TV-connected box and motion-control remote. Earlier this year, the company promised...
November 21, 2019
Augmented reality latest: Adobe Aero and Apple AR-headset rumours
Adobe has released its Aero app for iOS – an app that enables designers to create augmented-reality content and experiences, without coding knowledge. “Create interactive experiences without needing to rely on a developer,”...
November 5, 2019
Apple reveals its latest earphones, the AirPods Pro
Apple doesn’t publish specific sales figures for individual accessories, but its wireless AirPods earphones have become an increasingly-common sight on the streets. Now they’re getting an upgrade with a new product: AirPods...
October 29, 2019
Sonos is testing a subscription plan for its speakers
Fancy a Sonos speaker but aren’t sure about buying one? If you’re Dutch, you may be in luck. Well, if you’re one of 500 Dutch households chosen for the test of a new subscription plan called ‘Sonos...
October 8, 2019
Amazon springs surprises at its launch of new Alexa devices
We reported earlier this week on the main rumours about Amazon’s products-launch event scheduled for Wednesday: Alexa-enabled earphones and a higher-quality (in an audio sense) Echo smart speaker. Both devices were unveiled...
September 26, 2019
Sony unveils new Walkman complete with MQA hi-res support
Search for ‘Walkman’ on Google, and the ‘people also ask’ boxout reveals that common searches include ‘When was the Walkman discontinued?’ and ‘Do they still make Walkmans?’. The answer to the latter being...
September 6, 2019
Magic Leap adds background-music feature to spark new apps
Augmented-reality startup Magic Leap started shipping its Magic Leap One Creator Edition AR headset in August 2018, and music has been part of it from the start, thanks to the Tónandi music-manipulation app that the company...
July 29, 2019
Apple will launch its HomePod smart-speaker in Japan this summer
With the market for smart speakers currently driven mainly by lower-end devices from Google, Amazon and (in China) Xiaomi, Alibaba and Baidu, Apple’s HomePod has been somewhat on the fringes: not a flop, exactly, but more...
July 10, 2019