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Apple streaming Pandora rival tipped “within months”

Apple streaming Pandora rival tipped “within months”

Apple is again tipped to be readying its own Pandora-rivaling streaming music service, using iPhone and iPad playback patterns to create customized radio stations, though it's unlikely to be ready in time for the iPhone 5 launch. The longstanding rumor was again reinvigorated by insider whispers to the NYT and the WSJ, with chatter of ongoing record label negotiations that focus on giving Apple greater flexibility in what it could do with each streaming license.

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My Favorite Music Service

My Favorite Music Service

I have tried them all. I have been using Pandora since the early days, and I pay for the premium Pandora service. I tried, for at least a month each and often more, all of the old guard of the streaming music services. Rhapsody. Napster. Slacker Radio. I owned a Zune HD, and subscribed to Zune, and when I bought my first Windows phone, I subscribed again to give it a second try. When Spotify got hot, I tried it for a while, sharing playlists and music. I have tried Rdio and Last.fm. I’ve spent time on Turntable. For a couple days, I even used Ping. But there is one online music service that is my favorite by far. I’ve been using it for almost a year, and it’s actually gotten better since I started. I listen at work on my desktop, on my smartphone while I’m exercising, and in my car on my stereo.

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New Android OS version hinted by Pandora developers

New Android OS version hinted by Pandora developers

Pandora Internet Radio's Android application has just been update this week with several fixes for bugs, user interface upgrades, and a hint that they know something we don't about the future of Android. In what's essentially a hint that we're sure thousands of users passed over without a thought, Pandora's developers may have accidentally spilled the beans. Promising "compatibility support for upcoming Android OS" the creators of Pandora may have let us know that Google is working with them to get prepared for their next generation in mobile operating system greatness.

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Pandora boasts 52 million active users

Pandora boasts 52 million active users

Online music streaming company Pandora recently announced its financial results for Q1 fiscal 2013. The company generated total revenue of $80.8 million, which is a gain of 58% year-over-year. The bulk of that revenue came from advertising with $70.6 million generated there. The remainder came from subscriptions at $10.2 million generated.

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Comcast X1 cable box steps up the cable game

Comcast X1 cable box steps up the cable game

So the way the living room market exists now, if you're on the leading edge of electronics, you have a cable or satellite box which you use to watch live TV. But if you want to stream a movie, check in with what's up on your friend's wall, tune into Internet radio, or find out what the weather's like, you have to change your TV to some sort of Internet-connected device like a game console or third-party set-top box. Sound familiar? Comcast wants that to be a thing of the past.

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iHeartRadio hits 10mm users faster than Spotify and Pandora

iHeartRadio hits 10mm users faster than Spotify and Pandora

This week the folks at iHeartRadio have announced that they've reached 10 million registered users in just 8 months, that quicker than Facebook, Pandora, Spotify, Twitter, and Instagram. This explosive growth has the radio station application hitting 10 million only in registered users, unregistered users growing even quicker still. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment reports that 98 percent of their overall listening comes from the iHeartRadio app, the app also pulling in "more than 45 million monthly digital uniques" in the month of April.

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Spotify readying direct rival to Pandora

Spotify readying direct rival to Pandora

Spotify is said to be developing an internet radio service that will rival the likes of Pandora. It would differ from the existing service, which holds a vast collection of music titles so users can create playlists, and function more like a customized radio station. Currently with Pandora, you plug in an artist or genre and the service will play similar music. You can skip tracks, but have no control over what specific music gets selected after your initial choice.

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DISH adds Pandora to Hopper DVR system

DISH adds Pandora to Hopper DVR system

Spotify isn’t the only music streaming company making headlines today. DISH has announced that it’s taking Pandora, the personalized radio service, and bringing it to the DISH Hopper HD DVR system. Pandora integration will mean that customers will be able to search and access Pandora from their Hopper DVRs across the house.

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iLike social music service is officially dead

iLike social music service is officially dead

Apparently not enough people liked iLike. The service that was once seen as a potential revolution to the online music industry has shut its doors and is now officially finished with its operations. The service was acquired by Myspace in 2009. Perhaps that was a sign that it wasn't exactly destined for greatness. Nevertheless, it came onto the scene as a powerful new player and now remains as an example of how dynamic this social online landscape is.

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