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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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Twitter to launch standalone music app

Twitter to launch standalone music app

Twitter is apparently looking to bring some music into its service. The company is getting ready to use We Are Hunted, a music discovery service it had acquired 6 months ago, to help build itself a standalone music app. The app will give personalized music recommendations to users based on the musical artists the user follows, and the musical artists the user's followers follow. The service, while less personalized, will still be usable for those without a Twitter account.

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Pandora 4.0 service launches for Android and iOS

Pandora 4.0 service launches for Android and iOS

Pandora has announced that it has launched version 4.0 of its music streaming service for Android and iOS users. The company says that version 4.0 is the biggest redesign since the launch of Pandora on the two major smartphone platforms. Pandora promises that version 4.0 will offer a better music experience with expanded listening functionality and a detailed personal music profile.

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Pandora talks payments to little-known working artists

Pandora talks payments to little-known working artists

We all know that the mainstream artists we hear played in heavy rotation on radio stations around the country make huge amounts of money each year. I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering if significantly lesser-known artists are able to make any money making music. According to some numbers that Pandora offered recently, many little known artists are able to make quite a comfortable living from Pandora alone.

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iPhone 5 Pandora rival still possible as Sony sets snag

iPhone 5 Pandora rival still possible as Sony sets snag

A lovely bit of news mixed with a bit of a downer for the first owners of the iPhone 5 has come down today from the NYPost where they've got an inside track on deals between Apple and Sony/ATV for streaming music rights. It appears that though Apple had been working on a competitor for the most popular streaming music radio app Pandora, but ran into a last-minute snag in negotiations with Sony/ATV. The Sony/ATV group is the world's largest music publisher and is currently in the process of buying EMI Music Publishing, this eventually placing them in control of 2 million copyrights that span the globe.

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Lawmakers introduce new Internet Radio Fairness Act backed by Pandora

Lawmakers introduce new Internet Radio Fairness Act backed by Pandora

One of the biggest expenses for Internet radio stations are the royalty fees they pay to artists and publishers. The problem Internet radio stations have is that they are forced to pay a higher royalty rate than some similar services such as satellite and cable radio stations. A new legislation was introduced last Friday by Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) while Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced a similar legislation in the Senate.

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