Tag: smart speakers
Study claims Spotify app ‘lags rivals’ for voice controls
Music Ally has written a lot about voice assistants and smart speakers over the past couple of years, but not quite as much about the use of voice controls within the smartphone apps of music-streaming services. Voice-focused...
April 23, 2019
YouTube Music launches free, ad-supported tier for Google Home speakers
Reports earlier this week that Amazon was preparing to launch a free music-streaming tier for its Echo smart speakers sparked a drop in Spotify’s share price. So what effect will today’s news that YouTube Music is launching...
April 18, 2019
Facebook is working on its own Alexa-style voice assistant
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal interest in AI voice-assistants is well known: in 2016 his personal mission for the year was building an AI ‘butler’ named Jarvis. Now the social network is working on a voice...
April 18, 2019
Sandbox Issue 226: What people just don’t “get” about digital marketing
Lead: what digital marketing trends are most underrated or simply misunderstood in 2019? That’s the question we put to the music marketing community and got them to hold forth on the subject. This resulted in a lot of ideas...
April 18, 2019
Smart speakers install-base tipped to pass 200m this year
Canalys is the latest research firm to update its estimates on the size of the market for smart speakers. Its latest report predicts that the global install-base for these devices will grow from 114m units at the end of...
April 16, 2019
Google Assistant can now talk like musician John Legend
“Imagine hearing the silky smooth voice of John Legend answering your pressing questions everyday. Or narrating your local weather forecast. Or singing you happy birthday,” wrote Google’s Manuel Bronstein in a blog...
April 4, 2019
Pandora will test interactive voice ads later this year
When we talk about what voice assistants and smart speakers mean for music, we tend to focus on interactions with the music itself: people asking Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri to play certain tracks and artists, or other...
April 2, 2019
IDC predicts 144.3m smart speaker shipments in 2019
Research firm IDC has published its latest predictions for shipments of ‘smart home devices’ – a category that includes smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home, but also home-security, lighting, smart...
April 1, 2019
Indies and Amazon talk smart speakers and music: ‘It’s all about metadata’
According to research firm Strategy Analytics, shipments of smart speakers grew by 169% in 2018 to 86.2m units globally, driven by Amazon Echo, Google Home, and devices from Alibaba, Baidu, Xiaomi and Apple among other companies. At...
March 28, 2019
AI-music startup Endel to release albums through Warner Music
Music Ally has for some time been covering the emerging wave of startups exploring AI music: algorithms trained on catalogues of existing music, with the aim of then being able to create their own new melodies – and even...
March 22, 2019
Sandbox Issue 224: Up Hit Creek. THE DRY STREAMS PARADOX
Lead: The Dry Streams Paradox is when there is a huge gap between the number of streams an act gets and the number of fans they have or can reach. Just because someone plays one of your songs, it does not follow that they...
March 20, 2019