Apple unveils new HomePods and $4.99 Apple Music Voice Plan
New HomePod smart speakers, new AirPods earphones, and a new half-price Apple Music tier revolving around the Siri voice assistant announced in Cupertino last night.
October 19, 2021
Apple reportedly poaches back Syng co-founder for HomePod role
Bloomberg has reported that the company has hired Afrooz Family to "lead software efforts... aiming to turn the product into a bigger hit".
October 18, 2021
Hey Siri, does Deezer work on the HomePod and HomePod Mini?
You don't need Siri to answer that question, Music Ally is here as your friendly voice (well, text) assistant to say yes. Yes it does. Deezer announced yesterday that its service now works nicely with Apple's HomePod and...
May 7, 2021
Apple opens up: Pandora on HomePod and Spotify on Apple Watch
Well, it’s not as sudden as the headline sounds: Apple has been opening up its device ecosystem in new ways recently – it’s just we’re starting to see the apps and integrations now as a result. Pandora now works...
November 4, 2020
Apple’s HomePod will soon support Dolby Atmos… for home cinema
People have been wondering when (or even if) the likes of Apple and Spotify will get into hi-res music streaming, even if opinions still vary on how you define ‘hi-res’. Here’s some interesting news from Apple, then:...
October 16, 2020
Apple’s HomePod will soon support non-Apple music services
Last night was the keynote for Apple's annual WWDC event, which is an online-only affair this year. You can watch the full presentation on YouTube, and read about the new features coming to iPhone's iOS software. But what...
June 23, 2020
Apple HomePod set to get ‘Ambient Sounds’ mode this autumn
Apple’s HomePod smart speaker didn’t get much of a look-in at the company’s press event earlier this week, which focused more on iPhones, iPads, watches and the company’s new video-streaming and games subscription...
September 13, 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
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
Google Assistant tops VC firm’s voice-assistant ‘IQ’ test
Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the smartest smart-speaker of them all? This is no fairytale: it’s a study by venture-capital firm Loup Ventures of the relative ‘IQs’ of the main voice assistants: Google Assistant,...
July 26, 2018
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...
July 10, 2018