Amazon unveils a host of new features for Alexa voice assistant
Big things are afoot with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant: more than 50 new features unveiled yesterday at a conference for Alexa developers. There is a full roundup here on Amazon’s developer blog, but among...
July 22, 2021
EC has concerns about smart speakers and voice assistants
Among various competition inquiries touching on the music industry, the European Commission’s investigation of consumer Internet of Things related products and services has been somewhat under the radar. It’s important...
June 10, 2021
Hey Spotify… Streaming service launches new voice controls
Spotify is officially launching its ‘Hey Spotify’ voice controls, which are a significant step towards an Alexa/Google Assistant/Siri style voice assistant for the streaming service. For now it’s only available...
April 12, 2021
Sr. Business Intelligence Engineer – Amazon Music – London or LA
Imagine being a part of an agile team where your ideas have the potential to reach millions. Picture working on cutting-edge consumer-facing products, where every single team member is a critical voice in the decision-making...
December 18, 2020
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