The Weekly Stripe – 23.04.21

A year ago, our very own Simon Roberts wrote about the 'Age of the Ear'. One year on, what's the story with all things audio?

The Weekly Stripe – 23.04.21

There’s a new social media app in town, have you *heard* of it? Forgoing video and text in favour of audio-only content – it’s taken the world by storm. But in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s what happened.

The Weekly Stripe – 23.04.21

And how did the incumbents respond? By shamelessly stealing the idea, of course. Facebook was the most recent to announce their intention to roll-out a whole range of audio-only features.

The Weekly Stripe – 23.04.21

Everyone and their mum has a podcast these days. The pandemic has certainly increased their popularity, with Spotify attributing a 24% increase in subscribers to them in 2020. But what does the future hold

The Weekly Stripe – 23.04.21

Whatever happened to e-books? Audiobooks. What started out as a niche accessibility product for the visually impaired has gone mainstream. This trend has only accelerated in lockdown.

The Weekly Stripe – 23.04.21

Humans aren’t the only entities with ‘ears’ in this new age. The first era of voice assistants is drawing to a close as brands develop their own personal assistants. ‘Hey Alexa, you’re going to have some company soon.’