So last night I was at this show, and the guys from Slacker were there both showing off their software, and there hardware. I am a big fan of Pandora, and their product looked very similar, so, once I get back to somewhere where I have a high speed internet connection I think I am going to switch over. But their hardware products are amazing.
Neil Young took to Facebook today with a crotchety diatribe against streaming music and a list of things he says sound better: AM radio, cassette tapes, 8 tracks, and apparently every other form of music delivery that isn't Internet streaming. He was blunt in his statements: "Streaming sucks. Streaming is the worst audio in history." And, it seems, his music is too good to be enjoyed through such inferior methods. He'll be back to streaming maybe someday, he says, but only when it sounds better than AM radio.
If the Fiat 500 is an icon reborn, then why wouldn’t people want even more of an icon on their driveway? That’s the question the 2016 Fiat 500X arrives to address, slotting with Italian panache into the fashionable urban crossover segment. As the little-loved 500L demonstrated, however, there’s more to taking a popular city car and breaking it free of its urban runabout roots than simply enlarging it, but Fiat believes it has some secret weapons there, too.
T-Mobile has been working hard to lure customers away from the other major mobile providers in the US. It has done this by paying for the early termination fees from some carriers and by offering things that other carriers don’t. One of the things that T-Mobile offers that other carriers don’t is called Music Freedom.
We've seen job ads reveal company plans more than once, and the latest is from Bose, which it seems is working on its own music streaming service. According to a job ad spotted by HypeBot, Bose is looking for a Senior User Experience Designer specializing in Cloud Music Services. This individual will work on Bose's "next generation streaming music platform and ecosystem of products," and it looks like the company is wanting to move quickly on its efforts.
This week T-Mobile is bringing the heat with an extension on their Music Freedom service which allows users to stream music without added data costs. That means that the music service you use to stream music - the app that probably uses the MOST data on your device - will no longer be counted against your data costs for the month with T-Mobile. This is a service that no other mobile carrier offers at this time - not on the ground, that is to say.
T-Mobile USA has added six new streaming music services to its Music Freedom, promising audio access from twelve providers without eating into your data allowance, and with Google Play Music still to come. Music Freedom launched two months ago, divorcing services like Spotify and Pandora from each subscriber's data bundle so that they could listen to as much they wanted without encountering overage fees.
It hasn't been that long since Samsung rolled out its Milk Music service. The music service was offered for free, but Samsung was clear from the start that it wouldn't always be free from monthly fees and ads. Users of Milk Music who are now hooked on the service will be bummed to hear that Samsung is now talking about the premium ad-free version.