Tag: smart speakers

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Amazon now has 100m paid Prime members globally

‘Divinely discontent’ customers, perfect handstands, six-page narratives… There’s quite a lot to parse in Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ latest letter to shareholders: it’s an interesting insight into how he sees the...
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Analyst predicts 2m-2.5m Apple HomePod sales in 2018

Predicting Apple device sales is a risky business, especially if you’re saying they’re going to disappoint: the company has a habit of proving naysayers wrong. Still, research firm KGI’s analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s...
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Google Home smart speakers are now available in India

India is clearly the next battleground for smart speakers. Shortly after Amazon launched its Alexa-powered Echo devices there, Google has followed suit with its Google Home and Google Home Mini. The speakers are being...
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Spinnin’ Records rebrands playlists with smart-speakers in mind

Fresh from being acquired by Sony Music, dance label Spinnin’ Records is experimenting with its streaming playlists – with a particular focus on how they’re accessed through smart speakers. “While curated music...
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TuneIn launches discounted subscription for Alexa devices

Streaming-radio service TuneIn is trying something new for Amazon’s Echo speakers. It’s a discounted premium subscription tier, which will cost $2.99 a month from Alexa-enabled devices, compared to the usual $9.99-a-month...
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Amazon doubled its music subscribers in the last six months

The last public estimate of Amazon’s music subscribers was 16 million in October 2018: a stat that covered both its basic-tier Prime Music service and its full Amazon Music Unlimited. How is it growing? Music boss Steve...
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Facebook reportedly delays unveiling its smart speakers

More Facebook/privacy news – and stop us if this sounds familiar – the social network reportedly WON’T be unveiling its new hardware products at its f8 developer conference in May, as planned. As we predicted earlier...
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Smart speakers’ impact on music: ‘I don’t think it can be overhyped…’

More than 26m smart speakers were shipped globally in 2017 according to research firm Futuresource, with the Amazon Echo and Google Home ranges proving popular devices. That was the spur for an event hosted by British...
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Check out the Music Ally digital sessions at by:Larm 2018

The by:Larm festival and conference is always a highlight of the year for Music Ally, and we're delighted to be heading back to Oslo this week for the 2018 event. We're also running five panel sessions and a couple of...
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HomePod pre-orders impress as Samsung smart speaker is delayed

Research firm NPD Group has shared a small data point about the recent launch of Apple’s HomePod smart speaker. “In the US, day one pre-orders of HomePod were higher than all other smart speaker first day pre-orders,...
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Survey claims early satisfaction with smart speakers is high

89% of Americans who’ve bought a smart speaker so far are satisfied with their device, according to a new survey published by investment firm Loup Ventures. “A closer look at the results reveals the reason for this...
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Apple CEO worried about ‘humanity’ draining out of music

Apple CEO Tim Cook is worried that music is just becoming a ‘bits and bytes’ world. He expressed the view in an interview with Fast Company, in which he was asked about Apple’s past and present relationship with music,...