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Report: 1 billion devices support voice assistants as U.S. consumer base continues to grow

Voice assistants and smart devices are one of the hottest topics for the audio industry, and a new report from Voicebot.ai, PullString, and the RAIN Agency traces the trend’s progress. According to the report, voice assistants have moved out of their first phase, marked by availability across platforms and languages and access to core features. It suggested that the second phase of voice will be marked by more nuanced features, use in more contexts, and availability on more connected devices. Continue Reading

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Report: YouTube paid the music industry $1.8 billion in ad revenue in the past year

YouTube paid more than $1.8 billion in ad revenue to rightsholders in the music industry from October 2017 to September 2018. According to the How Google Fights Piracy report, that figure brings YouTube’s total music industry payments to more than $6 billion in ad revenues. Continue Reading

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Westwood One, Panoply Media sign on for Nielsen tech to target car buyers

Nielsen announced that Westwood One and Panoply Media will use its technology for auto marketing and measurement. Both parties will leverage the Nielsen Auto Cloud fueled by J.D. Power to target car buyers across radio, streaming audio, and podcast media with relevant messages that meet the changing needs of their audiences. Continue Reading