XAPPmedia today announced Voice Cast for Podcasts, a self-service solution for podcasters looking to quickly launch a custom Amazon Alexa skill. Voice Cast for Podcasts is built on XAPP’s One Voice AI SaaS platform that hosts and operates interactive voice apps for voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana.
XAPP announced Voice Radio™ just last Wednesday as a fast and affordable way for radio stations to get their live stream on Amazon Alexa. Within a couple of hours we had our first customer go through the process. The Christian radio station 88.3 The Journey became the first to use Voice Radio after our public release and four days later was live on Alexa.
Last week, Voicebot covered the launch of Federated Media’s B100 Amazon Alexa skill developed by XAPPmedia. The article discusses how the skill is different from others currently offered by radio stations because it is offers more than just a live simulcast or Flash Briefing.
WASHINGTON D.C., October 13, 2016 – XAPPmedia, the leader in interactive voice engagement, announced the availability of Brand Haiku, a new Amazon Alexa Skill based on the book Fifty-Seven Brand Haikus written by brand strategist and filmmaker Joseph Benson. This is believed to be the first book to be fully transformed into an interactive voice experience for Amazon’s Alexa.
Mary Meeker of KPCB devoted more than 10% of her widely followed Internet Trends 2016 report to voice computing interfaces. In the 2015 report, voice assistants didn’t merit a single mention. What changed?
Data show that half of U.S. consumers listen to Internet radio weekly and 177 million monthly. Most of this listening is on mobile and mobile advertising budgets will exceed television spending by 2020. These two trends are converging to present a new opportunity for radio broadcasters to grow revenue and audience.
Yesterday, the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) raised royalty rates for Internet radio streams from 0.14 cents to 0.17 cents per song played. The 21% royalty increase takes effect in 2016. Future rates will rise annually between 2017-2020 based on the Consumer Price Index. Who is impacted by the rate change?