Amazon’s Voice Assistant to be Integrated into Cars

Alexa really could soon be everywhere – including your car. At the annual Vegas tech gathering CES dozens of firms have revealed the smart assistant is coming to everything from dashboards to power chargers, bringing the smart assistant war to cars. Amazon’s new Alexa Onboard technology will let users access the Alexa voice assistant through their car’s infotainment […]

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Apple Podcast Analytics launches, marking an industry turning point

The awaited podcast analytics suite from Apple has arrived in beta. Whatever its shortfalls in the minds of some industry observers, and however ambivalent some podcast publishers might be about the intrusion of new data, Apple’s reporting of podcast consumption will sharply influence the shape, growth and revenue prospects of the most important new audio […]

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Apple acquires Shazam

Over the weekend TechCrunch broke news from undisclosed sources in Apple that the tech giant was close to acquiring market-leading music-ID platform Shazam. Apple could integrate Shazam’s music intelligence into the Apple Music subscription service, and possibly deprive Spotify of its Shazam linkage. Shazam’s usage footprint is based on over one-billion app downloads. Users in 190 countries activate […]

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Spotify acquires music creation and collaboration company

Spotify has acquired Soundtrap, an online music studio that lets people collaborate on music creation in real time. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Soundtrap’s service will continue to be available. Spotify’s announcement of the deal did not specify how it would leverage Soundtrap’s tech or expertise in house. The streaming service has made multiple […]

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