Voice assistants struggle more with black people’s voices
Hundreds of millions of people are using voice assistants – whether through smart speakers, smartphones or other devices – but if those people are black, are they being poorly served? A new study from Stanford University...
March 25, 2020
Amazon Alexa gets smarter with some new music features
Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant has some new tricks in the way it deals with music. Launched this week, they include the ability to serve (on request) a cappella, live, remix, instrumental and other versions of tracks....
March 16, 2020
Spotify filed a patent for a mood-reading voice assistant
Forbes has been digging around in Spotify’s patent applications and has found one filed back in 2018 covering “systems and methods for enhancing responsiveness to utterances having detectable emotion“. Insert...
March 13, 2020
Voice assistants may be bigger in cars than on smart speakers
Smart speakers may be a buzz topic for the music industry still, but a new study suggests that the use of voice assistants like Alexa and Siri in the car may be a bigger tech trend. In the US, at least: Voicebot and Cerence interviewed...
February 26, 2020
Smart-speaker user growth is slowing in the US, says eMarketer
Some new smart-speaker predictions from research firm eMarketer are generating headlines mainly based on the claims about Amazon’s ongoing domination of the market in the US. We’ll get to those in a minute. We think...
February 11, 2020
Music Ally Report 426: Trends of 2019
This year we’ve picked 42 (also the answer to life, the universe and everything as fans of Douglas Adams will know) of the trends and moments we found most significant in 2019. What are they? *takes deep breath* industry...
January 6, 2020
Pandora launches its test of interactive voice adverts
Earlier this year, Pandora announced a deal to test ‘interactive voice advertising’ through a partnership with a company called Instreamatic. At the time, the tests were slated to begin later in 2019. Well, now they’ve...
December 13, 2019
Sonos buys startup Snips to improve its voice controls
Sonos wants to get smarter with its voice controls, and has acquired French startup Snips for $37.5m to do it. Snips describes itself as “an AI voice platform for connected devices” that helps clients “create a...
November 21, 2019
VCs explain what they’re looking for in voice-tech startups
Smart speakers and voice assistants are getting the music industry excited, but there’s a wider ecosystem of startups out there looking to do things with this technology: not just music, but podcasting, games, interactive...
November 5, 2019
Replica raises $2.5m funding for its ‘expressive voiceovers’
Music Ally wrote about Australian startup Replica earlier this year, following its participation in the Techstars Music accelerator. The company is using AI to create ‘Replica voice actors on demand” – taking recordings...
October 16, 2019
Amazon springs surprises at its launch of new Alexa devices
We reported earlier this week on the main rumours about Amazon’s products-launch event scheduled for Wednesday: Alexa-enabled earphones and a higher-quality (in an audio sense) Echo smart speaker. Both devices were unveiled...
September 26, 2019