Tag: smart speakers
Spotify expands US Google Home Mini giveaway to Premium subs
Last year, Spotify debuted its Google Home Mini smart-speaker giveaway, offering the device to its Spotify Premium for Family subscribers. Now the deal has returned in the US, but considerably expanded: now it’s any...
October 23, 2019
Security fears raised around Amazon and Google smart speakers
We’ve written about this before: the music industry may be excited about the growth in sales of smart speakers, but privacy campaigners have their concerns about this device category. Those concerns are relevant to...
October 22, 2019
Sandbox Issue 238: Remixes Hit Saturation Point
Lead: Lil Nas X might have broken on TikTok but it was his deft use of multiple remixes (and collaborations) that kept ‘Old Town Road’ in the air throughout most of 2019. He claims he has 25 remixes of follow-up track...
October 17, 2019
Sonos is testing a subscription plan for its speakers
Fancy a Sonos speaker but aren’t sure about buying one? If you’re Dutch, you may be in luck. Well, if you’re one of 500 Dutch households chosen for the test of a new subscription plan called ‘Sonos...
October 8, 2019
Artist K.Flay debuts ‘microcast’ designed for smart speakers
Music Ally has been posing the question ‘What can labels and artists do to capitalise on the emergence of smart speakers?’ for a while, and often the answer from the industry has been ‘We’re not sure… yet’. Other...
October 4, 2019
Amazon launches Echo smart-speakers and Alexa in Brazil
In September, Amazon launched its Prime membership program in Brazil, including its music-streaming services. Less than a month later, that launch has been followed by the debut of Amazon’s Echo smart speakers in Brazil,...
October 4, 2019
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
Samsung reveals a new Galaxy Home Mini smart speaker
Samsung still hasn’t released its first smart speaker, the Galaxy Home, having announced it in August 2018. Earlier this month, Samsung told journalists that it was “continuing to refine and enhance” the device. However,...
August 30, 2019
Smart speaker market may have declined in the US last quarter
If you’ve been following the smart-speakers market with interest, you’ll have seen this coming a few months ago: Chinese tech firm Baidu is now selling more of these devices than Google is. Well, that’s what research...
August 27, 2019
eMarketer says voice-assistant use is reaching ‘critical mass’
Hey Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, DuerOS and other voice assistants: how popular ARE you in 2019? Research firm eMarketer has published some new numbers for use of this technology in the US. “We estimate that 111.8 million...
August 19, 2019
Sonos revenues grew by 25% last quarter as losses narrowed
Sonos is feeling chipper about its latest financial results: the speaker-maker’s revenues grew by 25% year-on-year to $260m in the second quarter of 2019, including a 61% bump for sales (in dollar terms) of its Sonos One...
August 9, 2019
Report claims US smart-speaker install base is now 76m units
The latest report on smart-speaker sales and ownership is out, from Consumer Intelligence Report Partners (CIRP), and focused on the US market. The big number: a claimed install base of 76m units in the US, which is up from...
August 9, 2019