music streaming

Baboom music service pre-launches with Kim Dotcom’s own demo album

Baboom music service pre-launches with Kim Dotcom’s own demo album

Kim Dotcom, the man behind now-defunct Megaupload and its namesake, Mega, revealed late last summer that he apparently had grown bored of his file-sharing website, and that he'd be stepping down as director in order to have more free time for other projects, one of which was said to be a music service he had up his sleeves. No details were dropped at the time, but fast-forward a few months, and now Baboom is here.

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YouTube to offer music streaming service, teardown indicates

YouTube to offer music streaming service, teardown indicates

The truth is in the code, and the code for the latest YouTube mobile app version is telling us the Google-owned streaming video subsidiary is nearing all-systems-go for a full-on music streaming service. It will offer free (ad-supported) and paid (ad-free) subscription models, automatic "radio" station creation, offline and background listening, and other features. Does that sound exactly like a Google-fired shot across the bow of Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio and Xbox Music Pass? It does to us.

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iTunes Radio reportedly heading for Australia, New Zealand and other regions in 2014

iTunes Radio reportedly heading for Australia, New Zealand and other regions in 2014

Last week, a job listing for iTunes Radio surfaced, calling for a music programmer in Canada who would help with the platform, indicating that users in the nation would likely be seeing it soon. Now "people with knowledge of the situation" have surfaced, telling the folks at Bloomberg that English-speaking countries beyond the US will gain access to iTunes Radio early next year.

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Pandora speaks out against “falsehood” accusations regarding royalties

Pandora speaks out against “falsehood” accusations regarding royalties

Pandora is no stranger to criticism when it comes to royalties, with some saying that it pays too little while the streaming radio service strives to gain lower fees. Back in November, for example, songwriter Ellen Shipley said a song she wrote was played 3.1 million times and earned her $39. A similar statement was made earlier this week by songwriter David Lowery, whose song was played 1 million times and earned a tad under $17. Pandora has responded in part to such claims, saying there are "falsehoods" that need cleared up.

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Rdio family plan now supports five members

Rdio family plan now supports five members

Rdio announced its Family Plans subscription option back in August of 2011, allowing a main account to add on up to two sub-accounts for a special pricing structure. It has been a couple years, but feedback has finally been acknowledged and the plans have received a slight upgrade. Starting today, family plans can now have up to five members.

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