Tag: smart speakers

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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...
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Music’s next decade: the metaverse, NFTs, social audio and more

Last month, we teamed up with the BPI to hold an event called 10x10: Trends for Music's Next Decade. It featured 10 presentations from industry figures about trends they felt would be important for the next decade of music. Now...
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Spotify’s ‘Car Thing’ speaker gets limited release in the US

Spotify has been working on its 'Car Thing' smart speaker for some time now. The streaming service first talked about it in May 2019, when it began testing the in-car device with some American users. A recent filing with...
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Apple stops making original HomePod to focus on HomePod Mini

Apple’s HomePod is dead, long live the HomePod Mini! Except we’re talking more about a retirement: Apple will carry on selling its first smart speaker until stock runs out, and will still be providing software...
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Echo’s latest music feature lets friends share tracks

Amazon regularly adds new music-related commands and features to its Alexa voice assistant, and many go under the radar of journalists and the music industry. The latest is worth noting though: owners of Echo smart speakers...
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Amazon rumoured to be working on a wall-mounted Echo

It may be a while before Amazon takes the wrappers off its next family of Alexa-enabled devices, given the Christmas season tends to be its focus. However, Bloomberg is offering a sneak peek at what Amazon may have in store...
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Smart speakers startup Syng hires Rio Caraeff ahead of launch

We wrote about Syng in May 2020: it was a startup founded by former Apple design team member Christopher Stringer, which was planning to launch its own smart speaker and subscription service. The company is still working...
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Latest version of Spotify ‘Car Thing’ smart speaker revealed

In May 2019 Spotify showed off its first consumer hardware: a voice-controlled speaker for in-car use called ‘Car Thing’. It was being tested with a small group of motorists in the US to get feedback for further...
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Sonos Radio is the third most-streamed service on its devices

The latest musicians to curate channels on Sonos Radio were announced yesterday: D’Angelo, FKA Twigs, Björk and the Chemical Brothers are the latest artists to turn DJ for the hardware firm’s streaming service....
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Sony unveils its first 360 Reality Audio smart speakers

Sony’s consumer electronics arm has been showing off its new smart speakers, which are its first to use the company’s 360 Reality Audio format. They do stick to some Sony traditions though: numberwangtastic product...
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Google teams up with artists for Nest Audio Sessions

YouTube Music may be the flagship music-streaming brand for Google now, but there is still music activity happening elsewhere in the company. Its smart speakers division, for example, which has just commissioned a series...
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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...