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We can reach listeners in new ways: Andrew Morris discusses community radio's iHeartRadio alliance #CBAAConf

Wednesday 30 October, 2019
Dynamic data and being able to be found outside your listening area, are two of the big wins for the community radio sector since collaborating with iHeartRadio to add community stations on that app.

The CBAA’s Manager of Online Products and Services, Andrew Morris, spoke to radioinfo’s Steve Ahern at the recent conference in Melbourne, about the success of the alliance with iHeartRadio so far.

Different devices have different audience behaviours: James Cridland #CBAAConf

Saturday 26 October, 2019

James Cridland begun his presentation to the CBAA Conference with a history of radio and technology changes, and debunked the myth that video, and all the other new technologies, killed the radio star.

“As you might have guessed, radio is still large… it was not killed by those technologies.

“Radio is very big, we sometimes forget that.  65% of audio we put into our ears is live radio.

“Podcasting is only 8% despite all the public relations coverage it gets.”

Face recognition, voice control and more: The Datafication Project #RadioAlive2019

Friday 18 October, 2019

Douglas Nicol, leader of the Datification project at The Works, discussed in-depth research about how Aussies are using voice interfaces and what marketers have to do to reach them in an afternoon session at Radio Alive 2019.

Australian radio partners with Google #RadioAlive2019

Friday 18 October, 2019
CRA has made a third announcement at the opening of this year's Radio Alive conference, revealing a new partnership with Google to make it simple and easy for listeners to find and listen to live streams of local Australian radio stations on Google Nest devices.

The partnership between industry body Commercial Radio Australia and Google will make more than 300 Australian AM, FM and DAB+ digital radio stations easily accessible on Google Nest devices, including Nest Home, Nest Mini, Nest Max and Nest Hub Max via voice command.

Smart soundbars are coming

Sunday 08 September, 2019

As smart technology continues to gain pace, digital technology supplier Frontier Silicon has launched a new control card to make sound bars smart.

China's smart speaker market doubles it's growth in Q2

Tuesday 27 August, 2019

The global smart speaker market grew by 55.4% in Q2 of 2019 according to a new report from Canalys, with the Chinese Baidu replacing Google to become the number 2 smart speaker.
 

Smart speaker home invasion?

Wednesday 31 July, 2019

A study conducted last year by the US based organisation Consumer Watchdog found that Google and Alexa have patented a range of eavesdropping functions associated with their smart speakers. 
 
While the two companies file hundreds of patents each year and often do not take them to market, the patents reveal some of the thinking from Google and Amazon about how they might monetise the new smart speaker technology using data heard in houses and offices where smart speakers are present.
 

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.

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