Daily News & Analysis Feeds - 2018

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November 27, 2018 – Holiday Shopping With Your Amazon Echo? You’re A Trendsetter

Several researchers predict a breakthrough is coming for voice shopping, despite its many shortcomings, like the difficulty in explaining complicated items. They say the technology appears to be following the same path as mobile shopping, which started off slow and is now a major channel for buying goods.  If voice becomes the next big thing… Read More

November 27, 2018 – Holiday Shoppers Used Their Phones To Spend $1 Billion This Thanksgiving

Shoppers weren’t afraid to pull out their smartphones to shop on Thanksgiving, to the tune of $1 billion. Sales online Thanksgiving Day totaled $3.7 billion, up 28 percent from a year ago, Adobe Analytics said in a report Friday. That makes Thursday the fastest-growing day for e-commerce sales in history, added the firm, which tracks… Read More

November 27, 2018 – Music Biz Class of 2019 Scholarship Applications Are Now Open!

Since its inception in 1966, the Music Business Association Scholarship Foundation has provided over $9 million in financial assistance to members and their families thanks to the generous help of our industry donors. The Foundation is proud to continue offering this valuable member benefit, as we announce that applications for the Music Biz Class of… Read More

November 26, 2018 – DEADLINE TODAY: Music Biz 2019 Call For Presentations!

Today is YOUR last chance to submit suggestions for topics and speakers that will inform the over 2,500 attendees expected at our Annual Conference, returning to Nashville in 2019 from Sunday, May 5 – Wednesday, May 8! The Music Biz Conference has become the industry’s most prominent business-focused event, and attendees return year after year… Read More

November 25, 2018 – Consumer Audio Poised for Rapid Growth: Futuresource Consulting Key Trends Roundup

Consumer audio hardware is making a comeback and poised for a period of rapid growth. That was the central theme in a key trends presentation at Futuresource Consulting’s Audio Collaborative event earlier this month. “When it comes to consumer audio, we’re back in boom time,” said Jack Wetherill, Principal Consultant at Futuresource Consulting. “Just a… Read More

November 22, 2018 – Happy Thanksgiving From Music Biz!

Happy Thanksgiving from the entire Music Biz team! We want to thank YOU, as we’re so grateful to have you as a part of our community! We value all that our members contribute to make our Association so vibrant, and are thrilled to offer you the robust slate of resources that will help not only… Read More

November 21, 2018 – NRF Survey Says More Than 164 Million Consumers Plan to Shop Over Five-Day Thanksgiving Weekend

Retailers are preparing for one of their biggest weekends of the year as an estimated 164 million people are already planning to go shopping Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. The survey found that of those planning to shop… Read More

November 20, 2018 – New Member Profile: Martin, Allbee & Associates LLC

Welcome Martin, Allbee & Associates LLC to the Music Business Association! Serving clients from the creative sector of the industry, Martin, Allbee & Assoc. manages business and financial affairs including: risk management, payroll services, accounts payable & receivable, acquisition and liquidations of assets, domestic & foreign touring, and all types of tax matters. The firm… Read More

November 19, 2018 – Voice tech Like Alexa and Siri Hasn’t Found Its True Calling Yet: Inside The Voice Assistant ‘Revolution’

You can soon, if you insist, talk to your microwave — and it will listen. Amazon recently announced a $60 voice-activated microwave, along with 10 other new products using its Alexa voice assistant. Roll your eyes if you’d like, but it’s the latest example of Amazon’s obsession with making Alexa — which first launched four… Read More

November 16, 2018 – 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.… Read More