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Pandora Premieres station offers pre-release album streaming

Pandora Premieres station offers pre-release album streaming

Pandora, which is about to face a big competitor when Apple irons out its remaining snags with iRadio, has just announced a new feature - Pandora Premieres. This station is unlike the rest, allowing users to listen to early album releases before they're available for purchase. While not much is available via it right now, more artists will be added in the future.

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Google Play Music All Access takes on Spotify with music streaming

Google Play Music All Access takes on Spotify with music streaming

We heard rumors during the calm of the storm last night before Google I/O, and now it's official. Google today announced what they're calling Google Play Music All Access, which is the company's own take on music streaming, and they look to take on Spotify and Rdio, which are the two main heavyweights in this category.

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Google reportedly to unveil subscription music service at I/O 2013 tomorrow

Google reportedly to unveil subscription music service at I/O 2013 tomorrow

Back on February 22, word surface at the Financial Times that Google would be launching a free music streaming service, possibly in addition to an ad-free subscription option. Not much information was offered at the time, except that it would allow the company to compete with some other big-name companies, and would give its users access to millions of tracks. Now sources have come forward stating the service will be announced tomorrow.

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Spotify acquisition of Tunigo brings music discovery boost

Spotify acquisition of Tunigo brings music discovery boost

Spotify has recently acquired Tunigo, a music discovery app that creates themed playlists based on your mood. Spotify will transfer all of Tunigo's 20+ employees to its offices in both Stockholm and New York, where they will be focusing their efforts on Spotify's main service. Tunigo will still continue to run, however it's still unknown what Spotify plans on doing with it. It may integrate Tunigo's playlist feature into its service.

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Spotify launches in 8 new markets

Spotify launches in 8 new markets

Spotify is expanding to more locations throughout the world today. The music streaming service announced today that users in Mexico, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Iceland, bringing Spotify's reach to 28 markets around the world. The expansion should increase the service's total number of users.

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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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