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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...
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Canalys thinks 163m smart speakers will be shipped in 2021

It's been a while since we've had some big-figure predictions for the smart speakers market, but here's research firm Canalys hoving into view with its latest forecasts. It reckons that 163m smart speakers will be shipped...
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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:...
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Baidu’s smart devices and voice assistants arm is worth $2.9bn

Smart speakers and voice assistants are increasingly popular, but what's their value in corporate terms? It's hard to tell given that many of the companies making them – Apple, Google and Amazon included – don't split...
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Google says new Nest Audio smart speaker is ‘made for music’

“Made for music, the new Nest Audio is here,” is how Google introduced its new smart speaker last night, emphasising the audio quality of the new device, which goes on sale in the coming days. It's 75% louder with...
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Sonos and Google legal battle heats up with new patent lawsuit

Sonos is really sticking it to Google this year. It sued the company alleging patent infringement in January, then its CEO testified before a US antitrust subcommittee about what he saw as ‘market distortion’ activities...
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Russia’s latest music streaming entrant is state-owned Sberbank

Spotify’s launch in Russia this July put the spotlight back on one of the more intriguing music markets in the world – historically dogged by piracy, but now with a collection of global and local services trying to...