Tag: smart speakers
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...
March 21, 2018
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...
February 27, 2018
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,...
February 27, 2018
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...
February 22, 2018
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,...
February 22, 2018
Spotify is ‘on its way’ to creating its first hardware according to job ad
As we suggested last time the ‘Spotify making hardware’ speculation bubbled up, it would be surprising if the company *wasn’t* mulling physical products, given its current reliance on devices from Apple, Google and...
February 20, 2018
Consumer Reports publishes initial HomePod comparison tests
The initial wave of reviews in the press about Apple’s HomePod smart speaker have been very positive about its hardware – specifically its audio quality. Now Consumer Reports has published some ‘early results’ of...
February 13, 2018
Apple HomePod release sparks more analyst predictions
The Apple HomePod joined the smart-speakers battle on Friday, with first shipments of the device landing in people’s living rooms and kitchens. The first takes on HomePod in last week’s reviews are hardening into a wider...
February 12, 2018
Amazon Alexa gets new music-playlist creation features
Amazon hasn’t made a big deal of its latest smart-speaker feature, but it’s an extremely interesting development for anyone who’s been thinking about how playlists evolve in a world of voice control. Users – initially...
February 9, 2018
Apple HomePod reviews: sounds great, could be smarter
Apple’s HomePod smart speaker goes on sale this Friday (9 February) in the US, UK and Australia, with the first wave of reviews published yesterday. How does it compare to the Amazon Echo and Google Home ranges? Reviewers...
February 7, 2018
Storyline wants to help non-coders make Alexa skills
Here’s a startup slogan to make the music industry’s ears prick up: ‘Create Alexa skills without coding’. That’s the pitch for a new company called Storyline, which has developed a visual drag’n’drop interface...
February 5, 2018
What do smart speakers and voice assistants REALLY mean for music?
Smart speakers like Amazon's Echo and Google Home are selling in their tens of millions, and it's becoming clear that voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant (and Apple's Siri once its HomePod device ships) will...
January 23, 2018