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Pandora remains one of the most popular Internet radio stations out there and it's about to do something that could attract even more music listeners. During Pandora's investor day last Thursday, company executives said Pandora is likely to add a paid day pass to its service that would allow listeners to rock out with their cocktails out to ad-free music this summer. The thought process is that someone hosting a summer barbeque or pool party may want Pandora to DJ the event, but rather than pay $4.99 for a month-long Pandora One subscription, they'd be able to snag a 24-hour day pass for $0.99.... Read more...
The sands of the ever-fickle music industry are shifting again, and this time it’s Apple that has to scramble to adjust. Once the king of digital downloads, Apple is facing a reported double-digit drop in music sales, largely because of competition from streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify. In response, Apple is considering launching a Spotify-like service of its, according to three sources who spoke to Billboard. Apple already has its iTunes Radio which is more similar to Pandora than Spotify, but Apple may have outsmarted itself by building in too many features to the service... Read more...
If you've been thinking about subscribing to Pandora One, you'll want to make a decision sooner than later to avoid paying a higher price. Beginning in May, the cost of an ad-free Pandora One subscription is going up to $4.99 per month. That's a dollar more than what it costs now and it's intended to help offset rising costs, such as growing royalty rates. "We’ve been fortunate to be able to offer Pandora One at an affordable price since its debut in 2009 at $36 per year and later with the introduction of a monthly subscription for only $3.99 per month. Over this same period, the costs of... Read more...
Pandora has just won the current round in the ongoing struggle over royalty fees with ASCAP (one of the agencies that collects and distributes royalty payments for musicians), and ASCAP is deeply unhappy with the ruling. Judge Denise Cote presided over the case and ruled that Pandora did not have to pay ASCAP any more than the 1.85% royalty rate for songs it plays for the period ranging from 2011-2015. According to the Wall Street Journal, ASCAP was seeking a sizable increase in royalty rates, up to 2.5% for 2013 and 3% for 2014. It was a loss for ASCAP, to be sure, but Pandora was actually seeking... Read more...
Chromecast is great. It lets you stream just about anything to your TV from the Internet, and it does so in a unique, simple, and brilliant way: instead of streaming directly from your smartphone or tablet, your device tells Chromecast to do the streaming. A group led by a pair of ex-Google employees has essentially done the same thing for audio that Chromecast does for video with its simple device called “Beep”. Beep (or is it “a Beep”?) is a metal dial that connects directly to virtually any speakers in your home via 3.5mm AUX, RCA, or optical input and connects wirelessly... Read more...
It may seem that the world needs another streaming radio service like it needs a hole in the head, but Nokia is driving ahead with a new one called Nokia MixRadio to mix it up (as it were) with the likes of Spotify and Pandora. MixRadio will replace the former Nokia Music service, and it does have some features that competitors don’t, including the fact that you don’t have sign up for anything and the absence of ads. MixRadio uses your own listening habits--thumbs up, thumbs down--to create a personal listening experience, and the initial offerings will be “weighted” with... Read more...
Little by little, Google's tiny Chromecast device is becoming a more compelling option with each passing day. For the money, we were actually fond of the streaming dongle from the very beginning, and it's only gotten better since then. A Chromecast iOS app became official not long after launch, and more recently, Hulu Plus joined the party. What comes next? Effective immediately, you can stream Pandora through your television using Chromecast, thereby taking advantage of what might be the best speakers in your home (especially if you're running a full fledged home theater setup). "Download the... Read more...
Friday was the day that Apple made a software update (version 6.0) available to its Apple TV customers, but over the weekend users reported that installing the update was causing a host of problems, from networking issues to actually bricking Apple TVs. In response, it appears that Apple has pulled the update, but the company has otherwise not made an official statement on the situation. Apple forums are awash in complaints of failed updates, disappearing movie rentals after the update, bricked Apple TVs, and connectivity issues. There are some tips for workarounds, but they don’t appear... Read more...
While console gamers called in sick to work today so they could stay home and steal cars in Grand Theft Auto V, Pandora chose to put its nose to the grindstone and revamp its mobile app for the iPad, and perhaps perform a little thievery of its own, such as stealing some thunder away from Apple's iTunes Radio debut in iOS 7. Some have dubbed iTunes Radio a Pandora killer, but Pandora has no intention of going down without a fight (or at all). Pandora 5.0 for iPad introduces a host of new features while at the same time enhancing and optimizing the streaming music and discovery experience for the... Read more...
Love 'em or hate 'em, Apple has the ability to move markets, influence rivals, and change the status quo. Just take a look at Pandora. The streaming radio giant made a move earlier in the year that put a 40-hour cap on mobile listening. Naturally, it was imlpemented in order to encourage more folks to pay for premium services, and likely as a way to get a better handle on revenue. But now, on today's earnings call, Pandora's CFO reversed course. Here's what Mike Herring had to say: "When we introduced the 40 hour mobile listening limit, we were confident that our scale – over 7% of total... Read more...
The streaming music sector may be on its way to becoming saturated with too many options. Time will tell whether all the different services can co-exist, but in the meantime, one of the industry's pioneers, Pandora, is ensuring that if it falls by the wayside, it won't be due to neglect in terms of app updates. Version 4.4 of Pandora has been released to iTunes, and among other things, if purportedly offers better buffering to keep your music stutter-free when you're stuck on an unreliable connection. In addition, if you mute your iPhone, Pandora will automatically pause the track you're listening... Read more...
Details are emerging about Apple’s licensing deals with record labels for its iTunes Radio service, which was recently announced at the company’s WWDC event. According to Billboard, Apple will pay indie labels 0.13 cents in royalties per song plus 15% of net advertising revenue in the service’s first year of operation; that’s a bit different than the deal it struck with the majors, which appears to be 0.1325 cents per song. In the second year, indie labels will get 0.14 cents and 19% of ad revenues. The Wall Street Journal notes that Pandora pays out 0.12 cents and about... Read more...
Millions of music lovers have discovered Pandora, the streaming music service that serves up tunes it thinks you'll dig based on your listening preferences. Having found a home on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, Pandora now wants to take residence on your big screen television, hence the launch of tv.pandora.com, which is essentially a new user interface designed specifically for flat screen TVs. "This is an entirely new experience designed from the ground up for your television and remote control," Pandora stated in a blog post. "This new initiative is standards-based and embraces... Read more...
Pandora is feeling the squeeze. Its competitors are growing in both number and stature, and the field of streaming music and streaming “radio stations” is getting very, very crowded. The company is also facing difficulties paying royalty costs, which led Pandora to cap mobile listening to 40 hours per month. However, Pandora is not sitting idly by; the company has elbowed its way onto the TV screen with a new smart TV app called tv.pandora.com. It is what you’d expect it to be: a neatly redesigned Pandora UI that runs the service on your TV screen instead of merely your PC or... Read more...
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