Tag: smart speakers
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...
July 22, 2021
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...
June 10, 2021
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...
May 17, 2021
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...
May 11, 2021
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...
May 10, 2021
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...
May 7, 2021
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...
May 7, 2021
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...
April 13, 2021
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...
March 15, 2021
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...
February 11, 2021
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...
February 10, 2021
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...
January 20, 2021