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Google Music “free” Review: turning Apple Music’s tide

Google Music “free” Review: turning Apple Music’s tide

Google ads advertisement-supported "free" streaming radio stations to their Google Music service. This push creates more of a Pandora sort of model to their already in-service subscription-based model than it does an Apple battler, but the timing is right on. Just as Apple summons more press with a response to Taylor Swift's request for cash, Google aims to cut in with a release of a whole new way to interject with a service that doesn't cost users anything - any cash, that is to say.

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Pandora CFO talks streaming music, calls Apple a ‘frenemy’

Pandora CFO talks streaming music, calls Apple a ‘frenemy’

We know how we feel about an Apple streaming music option, and we’re sure you have likely formed an opinion or two yourself. Will we ditch our chosen streaming option for Apple’s? Time will tell, as the service is believed to come to fruition at WWDC this year. Perhaps even more curious is the business side of all this, where Apple is coaxing record labels to let them stream music, and other services are already feeling the pinch. To that, Pandora CFO Mike Herring made some interesting comments about Apple recently.

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Pandora reveals ad-free day pass coming soon

Pandora reveals ad-free day pass coming soon

When it comes to online music streaming service Pandora, there are two ways to listen: the typical ad-supported option which is free, and a paid subscription plan called Pandora One, which costs users $4.99 per month. But what about those times when you want to play some music for an extended period without the annoying ads, yet paying for a full month is just too much? At a recent investor day, the company revealed a new day pass option, said to be coming later this year, that aims to serve just such a user scenario.

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Research group: Pandora is most popular online radio service

Research group: Pandora is most popular online radio service

Times change fast, and the number of places where you can listen to music online have grown greatly over the past few years. Long gone are the days of listening to poorly ripped songs uploaded to YouTube alongside cheesy stock-photo fan videos. Robust options exist, and if you get tired of one there are three more pining for your attention. We know all about the services we frequently see and hear, but which of them is the most popular overall? One recent group's data points to Pandora as the winner.

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NissanConnect adds Twitter, TripAdvisor to Mobile Apps team

NissanConnect adds Twitter, TripAdvisor to Mobile Apps team

Continuing the amalgamation of our smartphones and our cars, Nissan is adding some new popular names to its list of supported apps for its NissanConnect in-vehicle infotainment platform. Now drivers and their passengers will be able to get access to TripAdvisor's juicy recommendations and keep up to date with their friends and idols on Twitter. In addition, iOS users will no longer feel left out of some music on the go with the addition of support for iPhones on NissanConnect's Pandora music streaming.

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Pandora brings back annual billing

Pandora brings back annual billing

Back in March, Pandora decided to alter their pricing scheme a bit, boosting the price on their monthly plans by about $1/month. They also discarded their annual subscription, though it wasn’t clear why. The annual billing was just a one-time fee, and didn’t really give subscribers and sort of discount. In the face of public outcry, Pandora has brought the annual subscription option back. It’s still as much as you’d pay with monthly fees, but saves you from seeing it as a recurring charge.

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Xbox One now has Pandora, Vevo, Popcornflix and more

Xbox One now has Pandora, Vevo, Popcornflix and more

This week Xbox One users are going to be getting a whole new batch of entertainment apps for the holidays. Amongst the apps added to Xbox's collection are Popcornflix, Telemundo Now, Bravo Now, Vevo, and Pandora. These apps will be added immediately if not soon to Xbox One consoles inside the United States. International release schedules are not yet known. This adds to the already robust system of entertainment apps on Xbox One - everything from Netflix to HBO GO to Twitch, WWE, and ReddX.

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Pandora mobile app redesigned with personalization features

Pandora mobile app redesigned with personalization features

Pandora has released a redesigned version of its mobile apps for Android and iOS, and with them comes new personalization features not previously available. This is a beta release as of now, and gives music lovers more control over their stations, particularly the ability to tweak their preferences for better music selection and, as a result, a more enjoyable listening experience. The music service promises this update serves to "enhance and simplify" the user experience.

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Google Glass gets Pandora app

Google Glass gets Pandora app

Google Glass now has Pandora support, giving the wearable another option for streaming music playback. The new Glassware pipes Pandora's ever-changing custom radio playlists to the headset, complete with support for starting a new channel or picking from a preexisting one.

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