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Amazon still leads the global smart speaker market, but competitors’ shares are growing

Amazon currently leads the industry for smart speakers, but more international competition has started to chip away at its dominant market share. Market research company Strategy Analytics released its first-quarter report on the product category. The analysis found that 9.2 million units were shipped globally in the period. Continue Reading

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YouTube Music broadens its Artist on the Rise program for breakout performers

YouTube Music has expanded its program to spotlight up-and-coming performers. Artist on the Rise will now include a monthly program under the Trending tab, spotlighting a new musician every four weeks. The first highlighted artist is Jessie Reyez, whose career has grown from creative popular covers of pop tunes to receiving the Juno Award as Breakthrough Artist of the year. Continue Reading

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Tidal subject to more rumors of false numbers; plans investigation into data breach

Tidal is no stranger to the rumor mill, but the past few weeks have been more eventful than usual for the streaming audio company. Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv has made multiple allegations about the platform, first that it intentionally inflated the stream counts for albums by Kanye West and Beyoncé, and more recently that it has fallen behind on payments to labels. Tidal has denied the newspaper’s claims. Continue Reading

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The new YouTube Music is coming next week as the video platform makes another shaky pitch for subscriptions

YouTube has announced its new streaming music service, and the platform will launch on May 22. YouTube Music will be a free new app and desktop player with the option for a YouTube Music Premium paid subscription. The move comes with changes across the video platform’s other entertainment properties, but it doesn’t seem to be entirely what was foreshadowed in the lead-up to today’s announcement. Continue Reading