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Smart Speaker ownership grows by 75%, but is the government listening?

Thursday 27 June, 2019

The NPR and Edison Research Spring 2019 Smart Audio Report is showing that the number of Smart Speakers in households across the US is now at 118.5 million as of December last year.
 
Up from 66.7 million in the previous year, that’s an increase of 78% in twelve months with a further 57% of the remaining population (18+) saying they have at least some interest in owning a smart speaker.
 

One third of US households will have a smart speaker this year

Thursday 20 June, 2019

In their latest estimates, Loupventures research team has updated their estimates for smart speaker ownership in the US, predicting that one-third of households will own one by the end of 2019.

How to train your smart speaker

Thursday 30 May, 2019

Analysis from Steve Ahern.
 
 
 
 
Smart speakers are not quite as smart as we are led to believe.
 
I have no doubt that coming generations of smart speakers will deliver huge amounts of voice driven artificial intelligence powered interactivity that will benefit the radio and audio industries, but we’re not there yet.
 
The current generation of smart speakers are actually pretty dumb. They rely on tightly controlled routines and they try to train us rather than us training them.

Taking control of news on smart speakers

Monday 29 April, 2019

Steve Ahern examines the issues around disaggregating radio news content for delivery over smart speakers.

Interactive documentary making for smart speakers #RDE19

Saturday 13 April, 2019
Thanks to smart speakers, audio documentaries are about to evolve to the next level.
 

Fast and Curious discussion about smart speakers #RDE19

Monday 01 April, 2019
One of the highlights of Radiodays Europe is the first day's Fast and Curious session, where participants move tables every nine minutes to quickly discuss key topics relevant to the radio industry.

It's a also a great ice breaker, so that visitors from around the world can get to meet eachother and share experiences from their many different markets.

It is a noisy and energetic cacophony of opinions as people fight to make their point in the short time available.

This year, one of the table topics was smart speakers.

Australia vaults past U.S. smart speaker adoption - Voicebot.ai report

Thursday 21 March, 2019

Voicebot.ai has released its Australia Smart Speaker Consumer Adoption Report 2019 that now places the country ahead of the U.S. in user base, relative to population, despite having the devices available for less than half the time.

 
The report also highlights that 2 in 3 smart speaker owners now use their purchases to listen to radio.

Divergence and convergence of listening: smart speakers and the age of audio

Saturday 09 March, 2019

Steve Ahern's assessment of the continuing evolution of audio devices and consumption.

A few years ago I started tracking the divergence of media consumption devices, as some got bigger and some got smaller.
 
There was a trend towards big home theatre screens and surround sound speaker configurations, but, at the same time, there was a demand for more personal consumption technology as well.
 
This was a slide that I was using from about 2013 to explain the divergence.
 

Speakers vs headphones

Tuesday 05 March, 2019

Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland

Alexa, who sings this song on Nova?

Monday 25 February, 2019

NOVA Entertainment has launched a unique, voice-activated experience for the Nova audience, with the release of an Amazon Alexa skill.

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