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It's the rumor that just won't end: Apple is probably / maybe going to get into the music / radio streaming business. iTunes has set itself atop the world in terms of being a mainstream hub for music purchases, but these days, consumers want more flexibility. That's why services such as MOG, Spotify, and Google Music All Access are there: because a lot of people want to pay $10/month to stream just about everything, and then move on once their tastes change. To date, Apple doesn't offer anything like that, but it has evidently been in talks to create such a service for years. Terms with the record labels, naturally, seem to be the sticking point. This week, The New York Times has published a... Read more...
If you're tired of waiting for an album to ship to actually hear what has already been mixed and mastered, you're in luck. If you're a Pandora user, that is. Pandora Premieres launched this week, giving listeners the chance to hear select albums up to seven days before those albums are destined to hit store shelves. With Internet radio, music streaming and digital sales overtaking physical CD sales, it's things like this that are apt to keep people coming back. Pandora Premieres will feature previews from a wide variety of artists, both established and emerging, across multiple genres, up to one week prior to the scheduled U.S. launch date. Listeners can enjoy these early album releases simply... Read more...
Despite the huge success of iTunes as a distribution model for music, Apple is certainly feeling the heat from several streaming music services, most notably Pandora and Spotify. The Cupertino company is widely rumored to be developing a similar music service of its own, and according to the Verge’s “multiple sources”, deals between Apple and music labels Universal and Warner could wrap up as early as this week. The so-called iRadio service (even though that name is already taken) could roll out this year (or even this summer), and it would provide intriguing competition in the streaming Internet music radio space. Pandora and Spotify, for as excellent as both services are,... Read more...
Pandora revealed some impressive numbers today, starting with the fact that the streaming music service is now home to 200 million registered users. It took six years for Pandora to go from 0 to 100 million listeners after it launched in 2005, and then was able to double that number in less than two years. "When we launched Pandora in 2005, we hoped to create a new way to discover and enjoy music that was completely personalized for each and every listener. We envisioned a time when artists of all kinds would thrive on radio, connecting with fans who loved exactly their kind of music," Pandora founder Tim Westergren stated in a blog post. "I have to admit, we had no idea what was in store! I... Read more...
Pandora is still a very popular streaming music radio service, but the company is dealing with a growing cadre of serious competitors; Windows Phone 8 has a similar problem in the mobile market with iOS and Android. Now, the two companies have partnered to offer Pandora ad-free on Windows Phone 8 at no cost, for the rest of 2013. The app itself looks smooth and pretty, and it offers users the ability to pin favorite stations to their Start screens, and a live tile shows what track is playing. There’s also a handy feature in Windows Phone 8 called Kid’s Corner that’s sort of a ”guest account” that sequesters all your kid-friendly content and apps; in Pandora, that... Read more...
When is a music-streaming service not officially a music-streaming service? When it's YouTube. Even though the service has had the primary goal of allowing people to upload their own videos, YouTube quickly became a haven for music - music either uploaded by fans, or the record labels themselves. Music is now huge on YouTube, even though services like Spotify, Last.fm, Pandora and so on all exist. I even have friends who've spent time crafting playlists for music on the service, just because of how convenient it is. So isn't it about time, then, that Google launch an official music-streaming extension of YouTube? Well, it should come as little surprise that Google has been planning this... Read more...
We may be seeing a (very small) tipping point in the music streaming wars for one of the biggest players in that space; Pandora, long a staple of the free, online, unlimited music “radio”, is going to cap free mobile listening to 40 hours per user per month. Pandora points out on its blog that such a cap will only affect about 4% of its customers and that the average user barely listens to half that many hours a month across all devices. Still, it’s notable that users will face caps on the streaming service. According to the post, Pandora had to do something to compensate for rising royalty rates, which apparently have ballooned 25% over the last three years and are expected... Read more...
One of the oldest written songs in history is the Hurrian Hymn to Nikkal. It's inscribed on a clay tablet and dates back to 1400 BC. Unfortunately, you can't build a radio station around the 3,400-year-old song on Pandora, but there are plenty of alternatives. In fact, music lovers listened to over 1 million different songs by over 100,000 different artists on Pandora in 2012, the Internet radio service claims. "A belated happy new year to our listeners! We hope you've hit the ground running in 2013. At the end of each year at Pandora we always pause to take a look back. We have much to be thankful for, but the passion and joy we feel from our listeners is at the top of our list. Thank you for... Read more...
Olive has big plans for a home music player that can connect to virtually any device, app, and service you have that might store or play music. The aptly-named ONE All-In-One Home Music Player is a slick, cylindrical device with a touch interface and support for a wide range of music formats and connections. Olive is looking for music/gadget lovers to chip in via crowd-sourcing site Indiegogo.   The open platform-based Olive One supports AIFF, ALAC, WAV, MP3, and many other song formats so it can play whatever music you have, whether it’s on your iTunes account or it’s part of your music library on your PC. You can use the interface to browse songs from all of your collections... Read more...
Watch out Pandora: You may soon have some serious competition. Reports claim Apple is planning to launch its own Internet radio service early next year. Supposedly, Apple is already in talks with major music labels including Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony’s music division to start an ad-supported streaming radio service. According to people who have knowledge of the negotiations, discussions between Apple and music labels have included ways to share ad revenue. It's possible a deal could be reached by mid-November. If this becomes reality, the service could launch within the first three months of 2013. If Apple is able to secure licensing pacts with the music labels,... Read more...
Ever since Spotify launched in the U.S. last year it’s been rapidly acquiring subscribers, who have been enjoying the music streaming service on computers, mobile devices, and even A/V receivers. Spotify offers, among other features, the ability to create “radio stations”--just like Pandora. Spotify presence in the U.S. is not good for Pandora, but the two services differed fundamentally in that the former functions as an application on a device while the latter is Web-based and accessible from a browser. Unfortunately for Pandora, Spotify is about to change that by launching a browser-based version of its own service, according to TechCrunch. In addition to allowing users to... Read more...
There was once a time where Apple's iTunes was revolutionizing things in the digital music world. Remember when all digital music had DRM? Then, iTunes made a point to stop that for the mainstream. But lately, iTunes has faded in hype while services like Pandora, Spotify, MOG and Rhapsody have soared. But not so fast -- iTunes isn't laying down just yet. In a new report, it's suggested that Apple may be thinking about more than a new iPhone or perhaps a smaller iPad. It's also thinking about bringing a new feature to iTunes to give it some pep. Reportedly, Apple is currently working on a service that would compete directly with Pandora, possibly by using Apple's existing "Genius" music selection... Read more...
It looks like Pandora, and smells like Pandora, and tastes like Pandora, but it’s not Pandora--it’s Spotify. The music streaming service, which already offered free streaming and the ability to create Pandora-like radio stations on computers and iOS devices (the latter as of June), announced today that Android users will get to enjoy unlimited radio stations, as well. Spotify has an impressive catalog, so artist-based radio stations equipped with the ability for users to skip tracks they don’t like with a thumbs down or give tracks a thumbs up to ensure they come around again is a marvelous way to discover new music. As you might expect, premium users will enjoy an ad-free listening... Read more...
Spotify doesn't yet have rival streaming music services shaking in their boots, but give it time and that could very well change. Having now (and at long last ) officially launched in the United States, Spotify has been able to attract more than 70,000 paying subscribers in a little more than one week. That's according to Billboard, which claims three labels/publisher executives confirmed its figure, even if Spofity is unwilling to go on record just yet with any official numbers. That didn't stop the music service from doing a little bit of gloating, however. "The launch of Spotify in the U.S. has exceeded our expectations in both the response to invitations for the free service as well as subscriptions,"... Read more...
What if KidzBob met Pandora? What if we knew the answer to that question? Imbee has just announced a new product, and it's effectively just that: KidzBob/Pandora, all in one. Imbee is already considered "the" go-to social network for kids, has revealed the first just-for-kids on demand unlimited streaming service that offers a personalized and safe listening experience for its users. Imbee users will be able to listen to over eight million songs, with artists such as Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, Willow Smith and many more populating the airwaves. That may suit your tastes very well, but remember, this is for your kiddos! imbeeRadio lets imbee users create their own station... Read more...
It took automakers quite a long time to finally realize that consumers really adore having technology in their cars. Not just basic stuff like power windows and locks, but more advanced stuff like iPod support, Bluetooth calling and touchscreen navigation units. Chevrolet and Ford have both been pushing technology a lot over the past year or so, and Chevy in particular has been angling to hit that social networking sweet spot that attracts so much attention these days. The 2012 Chevy Volt and Equinox are gearing up to be two of the more sophisticated rides of the new year, with Chevy's MyLink system at the forefront of that revolution. Coupled with OnStar (which can now read back Facebook updates),... Read more...
On one hand, it's just a clock, but on the other, it's one of the most connected and unique clocks we've ever seen. Grace Digital Audio, a relative unknown in the grand scheme of things, is showing the big boys a thing or two about design and feature sets with the new Allegro Portable Wireless Radio & Streamer.Designed to serve two primary purposes (an alarm clock + a Wi-Fi radio), this simplistic black box not only tells the time, but also streams in your favorite Pandora stations. Specs wise, it has an 8-watt Class D amplifier, a built-in battery, the ability to be powered from six AA batteries, and access to over 17,000 radio stations, 20,000 plus on-demand programs, and over 35,000 podcasts.... Read more...
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There’s good news for Internet radio sites such as Pandora. A group of webcasters have reached an agreement with SoundExchange, the organization that collects royalties for musicians and record companies, over royalty payments for playing music online. The dispute has been going on for two and a half years and has threatened to silence the Internet radio business. The fear of expensive royalty bills has even caused some people who started online radio stations as a hobby to quit.Now, thanks to the settlement, webcasters and conventional radio stations that simulcast their broadcasts online will be able to continue streaming music and avoid per-song royalty payments that were set in 2007 by a... Read more...
It's happening everywhere, really. Movie set-top boxes around the world are growing functionality at an alarming rate. Boxee has arrived on the Apple TV. Amazon Video on Demand is on Roku. And now, Pandora -- the world's most loved internet radio source, unscientifically speaking -- is on Vudu.Aside from boasting one of the largest high definition VOD lineups in the industry, Vudu can now provide its users with the smooth streaming sounds of Pandora -- and for free, of course. The music application is the first of its kind on Vudu's Rich Internet Application platform, and it's joining YouTube, Flickr, Picasa and a selection of over 120 channels of web based video content available to Vudu owners.... Read more...
Pandora's free Internet streaming radio service just got a little less free. Well, it still doesn't cost you anything, but it is no longer commercial free. Pandora made the following announcements on its Twitter feed today: "Yes, for those asking, we have implemented a few audio ads. Not to worry, they won't be frequent or long. We gotta pay those bills. :)""So you know, we did not take on audio ads lightly. We try to be extremely respectful of your listening experience, & promise to be prudent."If you are not familiar with Pandora, it is a self-described, "music discovery service designed to help you enjoy music you already know, and to help you discover new music you'll love." It is based... Read more...
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