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Pandora raises rates for new subscribers

Pandora raises rates for new subscribers

A ruling last week regarding how much Pandora should pay ASCAP fell in the company's favor, with it being ruled the Internet radio service would pay the high-end of the range it felt the rate should fall within: 1.85-percent. Many in the industry criticized this, but it was seen as a victory for Pandora. Now that such matters are settled, the radio service has announced an increase in rates for subscribers.

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Sonos app reborn: search tracks across platforms

Sonos app reborn: search tracks across platforms

There’s a new Sonos controller app out there this week, one delivered for users to take command of their local audio from their smartphone with ease. This app is updated with a new design and extra-simple interface, a new universal search feature, and an update period of "this spring". Android users can test the app today, supposing they’re OK with the Beta state of the software.

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Amazon Prime music streaming to limit playback

Amazon Prime music streaming to limit playback

Amazon's rumored music streaming service could end up limiting how much each Prime subscriber could listen to each track, forcing them to cough up and buy the MP3 if they want further access, insiders claim. The streaming - believed to be Amazon's next addition to its Prime subscription service, which could increase in price from its current $79 per year to as much as $119, the online retailer has warned - would be curtailed after either a set number of plays or a period of time, it's suggested, in an attempt to appease content music-rights holders.

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PonoMusic music service and media player heads to Kickstarter

PonoMusic music service and media player heads to Kickstarter

Neil young is a musician that has been getting a new high-end music service and media player ready for music fans out there that want the best quality possible. The music service is called PonoMusic and the player is called the PonoPlayer. Young has been working on this project for a while now and said back in January of 2012 that he wanted to continue Steve Jobs' music legacy started with the iPod.

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Milk Music aims to differentiate Samsung devices with web radio

Milk Music aims to differentiate Samsung devices with web radio

Every once in a while there’s an app or device release who’s appearance on the market is more important than its inner workings. With Milk Music, this much is true. Samsung is continuing down the road of adding value to their devices, and their devices only, with apps that only work on Galaxy smartphones, Galaxy Note, and the Galaxy Tab tablet series. Milk Music is an internet radio app made to bring advertisement-free music to Samsung devices.

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Spotify buys The Echo Nest for smart music curation

Spotify buys The Echo Nest for smart music curation

Spotify has announced plans to buy The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company which specializes in content curation for services like Nokia Music, as well as more unusual apps built on its deep data feed. The streaming music company will use The Echo Nest's tech to power its updated "Discover" section, which tries to predict and suggest new music the listener might like based on their previous playlists and social networks.

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