Tag: smart speakers

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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...
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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...
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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...
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CMO Seth Farbman on Spotify: ‘It’s maybe more like a republic than a democracy’

Seth Farbman used to be chief marketing officer at clothing retailer The Gap. Now he's marketing a music-streaming service, as CMO of Spotify. Farbman joined Music Biz and Music Ally's NY:LON Connect conference in New...
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Apple HomePod smart speaker will go on sale on 9 February

Apple HomePod, the company's first smart speaker, will go on sale on 9 February in the US, UK and Australia, with pre-orders kicking off online this Friday (26 January). The company announced the dates today, having delayed...
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Alexa may have own ‘opinions’ on entertainment in the future

Labels have been working hard to understand how smart assistants like Amazon’s Alexa decide what music to play when, for example, an Echo owner asks for some ‘happy indie music from the 1990s’. These algorithms –...
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NPR / Edison: One in six Americans now own a smart speaker

January has already seen a flurry of new research into smart speakers, timed to coincide with the CES show in Las Vegas. The latest example comes from NPR and Edison Research, who surveyed 1,816 Americans in November and...
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Facebook tipped to launch ‘Portal’ video-chat device in 2018

This week’s CES show in Las Vegas has seen a horde of new smart speakers and ‘smart displays’ (speakers with screens) announced, but the biggest launch of 2018 may be unveiled a little later in the year. News site...
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Futuresource estimates that 25m smart speakers shipped in 2017

Research firm Futuresource has put a number to the burgeoning smart-speakers market: 25m units shipped globally in 2017. The company claims that was a rise of 30% year-on-year, although the US and UK accounted for 95%...
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Google Assistant finds its way into a raft of new devices

The CES technology show is underway in Las Vegas, including a blizzard of new-product and partnership announcements. As we predicted, Alexa vs Google Assistant is one of the show’s big themes, with Google setting out...
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Accenture sees strong growth for smart speakers in 2018

It’s clearly the time of year for people to be making bullish smart-speaker predictions: Accenture is the latest to throw its hat into the ring. Its ‘Time to Navigate the Super Myway’ report (ouch!) includes plenty...
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Google is selling more than one smart speaker every second

We’ve seen plenty of analyst estimates for the amount of Echo speakers being sold by Amazon, but what about their biggest rival, the Google Home family? Google has announced a stat – albeit one that requires a calculator...