Market research examines the sales outlook for Apple HomePod

Apple’s HomePod launched last week, joining the already-crowded and still-growing field of smart speakers. Given the existing competition, a delayed debut, and some critical reviews, how will the HomePod do in sales? Strategy Analytics predicts that the HomePod will sell 3.8 million units in 2018, which would secure it about a 10% market share. Read the full story on RAIN

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

YouTube Music: New app takes on music streaming services

(16.11.15) YouTube is taking on Spotify, Deezer and Apple with a new music streaming app. YouTube Music was first announced when the video-sharing site launched its premium YouTube Red subscription service in October. Now launching in the US only, the app allows users to stream tracks and albums with or without video. YouTube said the […]