music streaming

Free music streaming service Songza raises $3.82m in funding

Free music streaming service Songza raises $3.82m in funding

The free music streaming and recommendation service, Songza, has just secured $3.82 million in funding. Its funding was revealed in a recent SEC filing. Songza offers playlists created by "music experts". The playlists are configured based on the date, the time of day, your mood, and the type of activity that you're currently doing. Like other music streaming services, you can thumbs up or thumbs down a song to better adjust your playlists.

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Apple to reportedly secure licensing agreements for iRadio next week

Apple to reportedly secure licensing agreements for iRadio next week

We've known for a little while that Apple is trying to launch a music streaming service of its own, reportedly called iRadio, that will rival the likes of Pandora and Spotify. According to The Verge's sources, Apple may be extremely close to securing a music streaming licensing agreement with Universal Music Group next week. The same sources say that Warner Music an Apple are very close to securing a deal as well.

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Pandora hits 200 million registered users

Pandora hits 200 million registered users

Internet radio service Pandora has reached yet another milestone. The company announced today that they have hit 200 million registered users in the US. Pandora has been around for almost eight years, and half of the 200 million subscribers were added in a time period of just two years. Approximately 67 million Pandora users are monthly active listeners.

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Apple will reportedly launch iRadio by Summer

Apple will reportedly launch iRadio by Summer

Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch its own web-based music streaming service, and one that will rival Pandora. The new music service will be called iRadio, and will follow Pandora's example of music streaming. Music services like Spotify and Pandora provide a great revenue stream for music labels. According to the labels, Pandora accounted for 25% of their revenue last year.

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Pandora arrives on Windows Phone 8, ad-free until 2014

Pandora arrives on Windows Phone 8, ad-free until 2014

Pandora, the ever-popular internet radio service, is now available for Windows Phone 8 devices. It took a while for the app to reach Microsoft's new platform, but nonetheless, WP8 users can get in on the music-streaming action right now. Plus, Pandora is making their WP8 app ad-free until 2014, as well as tacking on a couple of exclusive features.

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Amazon reportedly in talks about a subscription music service

Amazon reportedly in talks about a subscription music service

Amazon is reportedly thinking about starting its own subscription music service. Perhaps it wants to jump on the bandwagon all of the other big companies, like Google and Apple, are on. Sources have told The Verge that Amazon is aiming towards creating a service that's similar to Spotify's, where users can choose which song or artist they want to listen to, instead of creating a radio streaming service like Pandora's.

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Old school MTV gets reincarnated as VEVO TV

Old school MTV gets reincarnated as VEVO TV

VEVO has just launched a new service that will bring back the good old days of MTV (before it became a network filled with terrible reality TV shows). The new service is called VEVO TV, and it's a 24-hour live music video streaming service. The stream will be composed of new artists, new songs, popular hits, various genres, live concerts and more. VEVO is becoming the Pandora of music videos, bringing viewers their favorite music videos while also exposing them to new material.

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doubleTwist launches Magic Radio streaming music service

doubleTwist launches Magic Radio streaming music service

doubleTwist has been around for a while now delivering its music player to Android users, providing an iTunes-like interface for syncing music between Android devices and computers. However, the company announced a new service today, called Magic Radio, and it looks to take a piece of the streaming music market share.

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Stitcher launches plug-ins for Firefox and Chrome browsers

Stitcher launches plug-ins for Firefox and Chrome browsers

For a lot of people, it's impossible to make it through the day without having music playing constantly. There's no shortage of Internet radio stations or digital audio content to purchase or stream from a variety of services online. If you're a fan of Stitcher, the company has announced a couple new browser plug-ins.

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Apple’s low royalty rate offer for streaming music has record labels grumbling

Apple’s low royalty rate offer for streaming music has record labels grumbling

It's no secret that Apple has been looking into launching its own music streaming service. Yesterday, we reported that Apple's Tim Cook and Eddy Cue had met up with Beats' CEO Jimmy Iovine to discuss Project Daisy, a music service the latter company has planned, including its business model and planned rollout. Now the tech giant has approached record labels with a royalty rate offer that has left them less than enthused.

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YouTube tipped to launch its own music streaming service

YouTube tipped to launch its own music streaming service

YouTube is rumored to be gearing up to launch a subscription-based music streaming service. The video-streaming juggernaut is hoping to become a fully-fledged media juggernaut in the future it seems. The service is said to have a free model which allows users to listen to all the music they'd like, but with ads popping up from time to time. It's no different than when ads pop-up before/while you're watching your favorite YouTube videos. A paid subscription would of course remove the ads for an uninterrupted music-listening experience.

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Illegal music file sharing down 26%, free streaming services to blame

Illegal music file sharing down 26%, free streaming services to blame

While downloading music illegally may seem like all the rage, it turns out that it's quite the contrary. According to a report from the NPD Group, the volume of illegally downloaded music from peer-to-peer (P2P) services declined 26% in 2012 compared to 2011. The number of users downloading music illegally also dropped 17%.

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