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Status of Apple’s Streaming in 2019 How Many Countries Is It Streaming To

It could debut in 2019 in 100 countries the streaming tv service with which Apple wants to challenge Netflix and Amazon.

After the rumors of recent weeks, to add details is The Information.

The site’s sources explain that the United States will lead the way, then the service will be launched worldwide. And the rumors of recent weeks, reported by the American broadcaster CNBC, seem to be confirmed: Cupertino wants to offer its original audiovisual content – that is, TV programs produced or otherwise purchased exclusively – for free, through a renewed ‘TV’ application, to those who own an Apple device (iPhone, iPad or Apple TV).

The Apple service would then combine the original audiovisual content, distributed free to its users, to a series of external subscription channels. In this way users would not need to install the applications of other streaming services, being able to access directly from the Apple app.

[delay 2018-10-29]

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YouTube Music Streaming App Introduces New Features and Options in 4th Quarter 2018 Like Quality Settings

YouTube Music for Android updates | new streaming and download quality options

Google has released an update for its Youtube Music application for the Android platform.

The new features consist of new quality management options streaming and download.

As promised by Google, which last month had announcedconstant updates with improvements for its applications, today Youtube Music for Anroid has received an update.

Youtube Music for Android : new options for audio quality and downloads The new update has the main purpose of allowing the user to better manage the quality of streaming or downloads when watching videos or listening to Music with the application in question.

The Rise of Home Speakers with Built In Radio 4.0 Compatibility (Google Home, Apple HomePod)

A new search for Adobe Analytics offers further revelations on smart speakers. The analysis showed an increase in the number of users: to date, in fact, 43 million Americans have already bought at least one smart speaker. This figure is the result of the increase in the last few months, but this time no major new events have been presented to those already analyzed on NL.

If sales have increased without any significant commercial event, such as black friday or the purchase of Christmas gifts, it means that these numbers are destined to grow. The survey also focused on this: in fact, out of the total number of users examined, about half (45%) already owns a smart speaker and expressed a willingness to buy another one during the festivities of 25 December, while the 23% said they wanted to buy one to give as gifts.

It is not a hidden fact that most smart speaker owners would like to own another one, but the researchers also wanted to investigate the uses that users make of them. The most common activity is always the reproduction of audio of all kinds – both from the Spotify player and from radio stations (as you can also do through the FM World application and other aggregators ), which on podcasts of all kinds – followed by constant updates on the weather.

The weather forecast, in fact, together with the news from the world and concerning traffic, are the most common requests in the time slot from 5 to 9 am – if you put yourself on the side of the users – that translate into the most executed command from the side of the smart speaker. In addition, they are increasing – always taking into consideration the sample being researched and thanks to the simplification of daily activities – those related to shopping: from ordering food to the home, looking for hotels to spend the holidays, until the addition of items to shopping lists on online platforms such as Amazon, Aliexpress and Zalando, already on smart devices.

The forecast of Adobe Analytics on the increase in sales during the Christmas period could, therefore, prove to be spot on.

The Struggle Between Traditional Radio and Podcast

Will terrestrial radio survive a future that is increasingly assumed to be podcast? If so, how?

Two central questions in the debate on the relationship between radio and podcast, which a journalist present at the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s 2018 Podcast Upfront , on September 6 in New York, has posed to Bob Pittman and Jarl Mohn, friends in life and real experts in the field : the first is the CEO and Chairman of iHeartMedia , the largest radio broadcast but also an American commercial radio podcast service ; the second CEO of National Public Radio (NPR), an expression of the US public service.

Both respondents started from the assumption that the success of a medium is largely determined by chance and luck, but that an approach that follows what the consumer prefers is fundamental.

Mohn called it “pattern recognition”: it involves doing research, collecting as much data as possible to understand what the consumer likes and packaging products based on these preferences. In this way it would be possible to build quality content, the only way – in the opinion of the exponent of NPR – to ensure that users continue to enjoy the public network, via radio, podcast and the Internet. According to the CEO of the largest independent non-profit radio network in the United States, therefore, podcasts and terrestrial radios can coexist thanks to quality. And, indeed, the podcast can provide an appeal for new advertisers who until now had not been interested in radio.

More cynical, Pittman, who does not try to deny possible cannibalization, talks about it as an opportunity: “Steve Jobs, father of the iPod, understood that the future of listening would be the telephone. Instead of trying to defend the iPod, he built the phones. Good idea, eh? ” Commented the representative of the largest US broadcast group, suggesting that probably terrestrial radios and podcasts are two forms of conflicting audio communication, but that the winning approach for companies like iHeartMedia must always be that of follow the evolution of consumer habits, to provide them with favorite content in the best way.

Sony Car Audio System Makes Listening to Music via Car Play or Android Auto More Fun

Among the many new products brought by Sony to IFA 2018 there are also the unpublished XAV-AX3005DB and XAV-AX1000 . If the names do not help you much to decipher their characteristics, know that these are special smart displays for cars, with compatibility for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay .

The devices are made up of large panels of 6.95 and 6.2 inches respectively, with Clear Responsive Touchscreen technology that allows a comfortable and pleasant interface management. By connecting your smartphone Android or iOS you can access all the services related to the desired car platform, using apps and streaming services for road navigation, listening to music and radio or voice calls.

XAV-AX3005DB has some interesting technical highlights, such as support for the DAB / DAB + radio standard , the EXTRA BASS function and the ability to play FLAC files . The EXTRA BASS function is missing on the XAV-AX1000 and, as mentioned, the screen is slightly smaller.