Almost everyone is building their own voice activated assistant, and popular audio brand Monster is no different. The company has introduced Melody, an AI assistant that will play music and podcasts. The only benefit of which is that the assistant can be accessed from the headphones.
Melody only works with mobile devices at the moment. Users must download the app to an Android or iOS device; and it’s from here that the assistant works. Once paired with a compatible audio peripheral, the assistant can be told to play music by pressing a button and telling it what to do.
For now, it looks like the assistant is only capable of accessing iHeartRadio, Spotify Premium, NPR news, and locally stored iTunes music. The press release says that Tidal integration is coming soon; with not mention of any other streaming services. This lack of integration is probably the weakest link in Melody’s application.
Why anyone would want to use Monster’s assistant over something more built in like Google Assistant or Siri is a mystery. But it’s there for those who want to buy into the Monster eco-system.