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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you tired of constantly going through your music and creating a new playlist for every situation? Spotify wants to fix that. They've introduced a new feature called Browse that lets you search for specific playlists based on what kind of mood you're in. These playlists are created by other users and picked out by Spotify staffers.
Last month, we reported that - as part of an ongoing battle between Pandora and the music industry - the Internet radio company would acquire terrestrial radio station KXMZ in order to get an RMLC license. The ultimate goal in the business move would be scoring the lower royalty rates that its competitors enjoy. The ASCAP has long bucked against Pandora's efforts, and this acquisition is no different: a request has been made for the FCC to block the purchase.
Rdio has been making fairly regular changes, improvements, and expansions, with today marking its newest roll out into new locations, as well as a first for the service - availability in Asia. The service had not previously been available anywhere in Asia, but with expansion into Hong Kong and Malaysia, it has found added a new first to its global footprint.