internet radio

Slacker listening times increase following February redesign

Slacker listening times increase following February redesign

Back in February, Slacker Radio was given a massive design overhaul, with the older clunky interface being replaced with a white, easier-to-navigate alternative. That change was accompanied by the addition of new features, as well, all with the goal of helping the service compete with the likes of Pandora and other similar offerings. Now the numbers are in, and it turns out the redesign did more than expected.

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Slacker Radio planning major overhaul

Slacker Radio planning major overhaul

Slacker Radio hasn't done too much the past few years. While they've definitely been spreading their service to different devices and platforms, like the Roku streaming media player, and just recently Chrysler's UConnect at CES 2013, the service hasn't been making waves like its competitors, Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, etc. However, we've been told that Slacker Radio will be holding an event sometime in the near future to reveal a complete overhaul of the service.

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Last.fm going paid-only, will shut down in most countries

Last.fm going paid-only, will shut down in most countries

The popular internet radio service Last.fm will be cutting back its scale and will be offering only paid subscriptions from now on. The service will shut down in most countries around the world, but will still stay up in the US, UK, and Germany. Paid-for Last.fm radio will continue to be available in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Brazil, but all other countries will no longer have access to the service starting January 15.

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Lawmakers introduce new Internet Radio Fairness Act backed by Pandora

Lawmakers introduce new Internet Radio Fairness Act backed by Pandora

One of the biggest expenses for Internet radio stations are the royalty fees they pay to artists and publishers. The problem Internet radio stations have is that they are forced to pay a higher royalty rate than some similar services such as satellite and cable radio stations. A new legislation was introduced last Friday by Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) while Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced a similar legislation in the Senate.

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