Melody, announced this week, is a free app that lets you control and play music using voice commands through your phone or Bluetooth speaker/headphones. You can stream from your library, YouTube, iHeartRadio, and Spotify (premium subscription). Other services will be available later this year. Instead of fumbling with your phone you can use your voice to command your device to play a new song, artist, album, playlist.
Melody is a novel idea by bringing “smart” technology or artificial intelligence using existing devices. Think of it like being able to have Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant without the need to purchase an Amazon Echo or Google Home. The app will need to be open to function, however, so folks with Google Play Music on Android may be better off simply saying “Ok Google, Play Jack Johnson.” Melody is currently available for iOS and an Android variant is expected early 2017.
You better be smart
It seems that nearly every announcement of devices or services at CES this year has been tied to an AI service. Whether it be Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, or a proprietary service. If you’re a company and you lack AI features you might as well not release it. From cars, phones, speakers, TVs and even refrigerators. AI is increasingly important and it will be interesting to see how all these new devices will speak and work with each other.