Tag: smart speakers

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Jooki unveils its new Spotify-connected speaker for children

Jooki is releasing a brand new speaker: Jooki Generation 2. It still uses the ‘ToyTouch’ technology as an interface, but with new features.
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Report: Google outshipped Amazon for US smart speakers in Q2

Omdia estimates Google shipped nearly 4.2m smart speakers in Q2 compared to Amazon’s 3.4m, which it pegs as 47.8% growth and 31.3% decline year-on-year.
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Amazon unveils a host of new features for Alexa voice assistant

Big things are afoot with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant: more than 50 new features unveiled yesterday at a conference for Alexa developers. There is a full roundup here on Amazon’s developer blog, but among...
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EC has concerns about smart speakers and voice assistants

Among various competition inquiries touching on the music industry, the European Commission’s investigation of consumer Internet of Things related products and services has been somewhat under the radar. It’s important...
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Syng unveils Cell Alpha smart speaker and Syng Space app

Syng is the startup co-founded by Christopher Stringer, formerly a key member of Apple’s design team. We’ve been tracking its path towards launch since May 2020, including its hire of former UMG, Vevo and Magic Leap...
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Children’s speaker startup Yoto raises $17m funding round

It was only yesterday that we were writing about children’s speaker startup Yoto launching an exclusive set of music albums. Now it has some funding news too. The British company has raised a $17m funding round from investment...
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Yoto children’s speaker gets series of exclusive music albums

We covered British startup Yoto when it launched in 2017. Founded by former 7digital boss Ben Drury, it was a speaker for children, minus the privacy worries of smart speakers for grown-ups, but stocked with music, stories...
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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...