69% of American Smart Speaker Owners Use Their Device Daily — And Music Remains the Top Request

NPR and Edison Research have released the Smart Audio Report for 2019, revealing how these devices are used in America. Despite serious security and privacy risks, many Americans regard these devices as useful and part of their everyday routine.  But s… Continue Reading

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Sonos Sues Bluesound for Patent Infringement — But What’s the End Game?

Sonos, the Santa Barbara-based maker of speakers and home-entertainment products, is suing Lensbrook Industries, the parent company of smart-speaker manufacturer Bluesound, for copyright infringement. Sonos filed the lawsuit in California, alleging tha… Continue Reading

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A Smaller Samsung Smart Speaker Passes Through FCC Testing

Several months after revealing the Galaxy Home, Samsung appears to have another smaller smart speaker on the way. Recent FCC filing documents show a smaller Samsung smart speaker with a design that resembles its larger Galaxy Home cousin.  The smart sp… Continue Reading

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Amazon Unleashes Its Echo Link Amp for Hi-Fi Streaming Audio — Here’s a First Look

The Amazon Echo Link Amp is finally available for sale after it was announced in September last year. The $299 device brings internet-connected streaming to traditional speakers. The device features a 2-channel amplifier with up to 60W per channel.  Th… Continue Reading

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Amazon Unveils Ticketmaster Functionality in Alexa-Enabled Devices — Including Seat Selection

“Alexa, where are my Ticketmaster tickets?” Yesterday, Amazon unveiled a new feature – Song ID. Prime Music and Music Unlimited subscribers in the US can now easily identify a song’s title and artist. Users can simply activate and deactivate the featur… Continue Reading

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Amazon Unveils Song ID, Telling Users What Song is Playing, But Only for US Echo Devices

Amazon has made a brand-new innovative feature – Song ID – available only for Prime Music/Unlimited subscribers. At the Mobile World Congress (MBW) in Barcelona, Universal Music Group (UMG) CEO and Chairman Lucian Grainge shared some good advice to all… Continue Reading

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How Smart Speakers Increase The Artist and Fan Divide

"Alexa (Siri, Google) play __________." With tens of millions of song requests being processed daily, what fills that blank matters. "Play That Funky Music" will net you the Wild Cherry hit. Hear that song once and you know the title. But while "Counting Blue Cars" may have been a big… Continue Reading

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