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Pandora raises rates for new subscribers

Pandora raises rates for new subscribers

A ruling last week regarding how much Pandora should pay ASCAP fell in the company's favor, with it being ruled the Internet radio service would pay the high-end of the range it felt the rate should fall within: 1.85-percent. Many in the industry criticized this, but it was seen as a victory for Pandora. Now that such matters are settled, the radio service has announced an increase in rates for subscribers.

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Pandora scores ASCAP rate victory in ruling

Pandora scores ASCAP rate victory in ruling

Pandora and the music industry have long been engaged in a spat over what kind of rates the Internet radio service should be paying out. In a recent ruling, Judge Cote ordered Pandora to pay ASCAP, a performance rights organization, 1.85-percent of its annual revenue, something that has the industry up in arms.

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Rdio buys Indian music service Dhingana

Rdio buys Indian music service Dhingana

Rdio has acquired the Indian music service Dhingana, the latter company announced on its website today. With the acquisition will come a transition of Dhingana's talent to Rdio, working to expand the service's presence in India in particular, as well as other emerging markets.

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Rdio drops Echo Nest following Spotify acquisition

Rdio drops Echo Nest following Spotify acquisition

Last week, Spotify revealed that it will be acquiring The Echo Nest, a music-centric service that offers content curation and more. While Spotify has big plans for the new purchase, it spelled bad news for Rdio, which has revealed it will be dropping the company, doing so out of a desire not to share data with its competitor.

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CarPlay does not include Pandora support

CarPlay does not include Pandora support

With the demonstration of Apple's CarPlay today, questions about third-party app support arose. Upon launch, CarPlay will include Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Beats Radio, and the Podcasts App. Notably lacking from the list is Pandora, with the Internet radio service confirming it won't be integrated with CarPlay.

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Last.fm and Spotify team up to give better music recommendations

Last.fm and Spotify team up to give better music recommendations

In a match that seems made in heaven, Internet radio and recommendation service Last.fm has gone into a partnership with music streaming service Spotify. Together the two companies aim to give listeners the music they want and like, even before they know that they do.

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Rdio unshackles service with free Web streaming debut

Rdio unshackles service with free Web streaming debut

Early this morning, Spotify threw the doors wide open for desktop users, stripping away restrictions and allowing unlimited free streaming, no caps or limitations to be seen. Rdio has followed closely on the heels of this, announcing today that its users can also now stream music for free on the Web, the listening supported by advertisements akin to that of its competitors.

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Pure Evoke F4 is a multi-room “ultimate radio” with Jongo comptaibility

Pure Evoke F4 is a multi-room “ultimate radio” with Jongo comptaibility

Joining the Jongo T4 wireless speaker and other offerings that Pure has introduced here at CES, the company has debuted the Evoke F4, a digital and Internet radio with multi-room system setup via the use of both WiFi and Bluetooth. Calling it the "Ultimate Radio," Pure's Evoke F4 is compatible with the Jongo multi-room music system, and brings support for Sirius XM Radio.

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Spotify #undiscovered campaign gives never-played songs a little love

Spotify #undiscovered campaign gives never-played songs a little love

While most songs on Spotify enjoy a degree of success, some more than others, there's a solid percentage that finds the online service a quiet, lonely place. About 20-percent of the tracks offered through the music streaming service have never been played a single time, and Spotify wants to change this with a new #undiscovered campaign. The idea is simple: filter the songs for those never played and show one a little love.

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Rdio and Cumulus Media to announce partnership, add free streaming soon

Rdio and Cumulus Media to announce partnership, add free streaming soon

Today, Rdio and Cumulus Media are slated to announce a partnership between the two companies, one slated to help boost the Internet radio service into more popular waters via, among other things, an advertisement-based free version in the U.S. Cumulus Media owns 525 radio stations, and will provide Rdio with access to its programming content.

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Former Microsoft Executive Brian McAndrews named Pandora President and CEO

Former Microsoft Executive Brian McAndrews named Pandora President and CEO

In March of this year, Pandora's Joe Kennedy announced that he would be leaving the Internet radio company this year. Such kicked off the search for his replacement, which has been unveiled today as former Microsoft executive and senior vice president Brian McAndrews, who left Microsoft in 2008 and will be serving as Pandora's President, Chairman, and CEO.

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Rdio rolls out improved “smarter” Stations

Rdio rolls out improved “smarter” Stations

Rdio has been rolling out fairly regular updates to its system over the summer, having expanded to seven more countries and boosted its family plan offering back in June, for example. Now the Internet radio company has made another update as promised, improving its Stations with "smarter" functionality and more customization options. The change is already live.

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