We don’t write that much about music streaming and smartwatches because it feels like a bit of a niche. It’s nice to be able to control or play music from […]
We haven’t heard that much about Spotify’s European anti-competition complaint against Apple for a while, despite rumblings last year about a potential investigation. However, there have been some moves by Apple to open up its ecosystem in ways that address some of the complaints that Spotify had.
One concerns access to its Siri voice assistant, which was opened up last autumn with ‘SiriKit’ as part of the iOS 13 software. Spotify has already taken advantage on some Apple devices, and yesterday that extended to its Apple Watch app too. Small steps, but encouraging ones for these bitter rivals.
In separate Spotify news, it looks like we’ll soon be seeing the launch of its ‘Follow Feed’ feature in Spotify’s mobile app. First spotted in late February, it’s an in-app news feed of “new releases from artists you follow and more”.
Apple has pushed out its latest software update for its Watch smartwatch, and watchOS 4.1 has some notable features for music fans.
Apple Music subscribers will now be able to browse and stream the entire catalogue from their watch, rather than having to download specific playlists to it for offline listening.
Fitness-wearables firm Fitbit is launching a brand new smartwatch called the Fitbit Ionic – and it comes with music.
The new device will include an app created by Pandora to sync people’s favourite stations for offline listening, as well as ‘curated workout stations’ for joggers needing a motivational boost.
The app will require a Pandora Plus or Premium subscription, and will only be available in the US, raising questions about who (if anyone) Fitbit will partner with for international sales of the $300 smartwatch.
It’s fair to say that critical reactions to Will.I.Am’s first smartwatch Puls weren’t hugely positive.
The musician hasn’t been put off developing another though: his new model is called “The Dial”, and will go on sale in April in a partnership with mobile operator Three in the UK.
And it will come with a digital music service built in, although the Telegraph’s report on the new device specified that “the company has not disclosed who will supply the music streaming service”.
Ticketing firm Eventbrite is making its play for the wrist, releasing apps for the Apple Watch, Android Wear and Pebble Time smartwatches. The main use for the apps will be […]
What is a smartwatch for, really? It’s nice to have something on your wrist that tells the time, but many of the much-hyped ‘smart’ features aren’t proving that appealing beyond […]
Google is holding its annual I/O developer conference this week, a fortnight ahead of Apple’s similar event. While there were no direct music announcements during Google’s keynote last night, there was plenty for our industry to think about.
Starting with some big numbers: there are now more than 1bn Android users globally, and in the last 12 months alone they installed more than 50bn apps on their devices. (Yes, that suggests 50 apps installed a year by the average Android user, which sounds very high. Then again, it doesn’t say how many of those apps are actively used.)
The Apple Watch went on sale on Friday, albeit mainly to people who got in early with their pre-orders for Apple’s first smartwatch. Among the music apps available at launch are DJ app Pacemaker, music identification app Shazam and streaming service Pandora.
As Apple prepares to start selling its Apple Watch later this week, Google has announced some new features for its Android Wear software, which is used by a variety of […]
Apple isn’t talking about how many of its Apple Watch smartwatches have been pre-ordered ahead of the device’s release next week. Naturally, every analyst, their aunt, their dog and random […]
Yep, we’re liveblogging Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ press event tonight. Partly because there’s been a smattering of speculation that the company may announce its plans to revamp iTunes tonight – we still suspect not – but mainly because we and many people in the music industry are fascinated by the Apple Watch.
Apple’s first smartwatch was unveiled last year, but tonight is its second big reveal. We’re expecting to see a bunch of apps, pricing and an exact launch date, and lots of uses of the word “magical”. Stick with us for all the details: the entries will be in reverse-chronological order, with times in GMT.