In their decade long run, Last.fm has seen many ups and downs. In late 2012 the popular Internet radio service was cutting back its scale and turned to paid-only subscriptions. They next warmed up to Spotify and teamed up to include their app in Spotify's portfolio. The latest news is that their radio streaming service will no longer be available as of 28th of April 2014. Instead, scrobbling, music discovery, and recommendations are their new direction.
During CES, Pure introduced its Evoke F4 "Ultimate Radio", something promised to have support for SiriusXM Radio, among other things. Today the company has announced the availability of that service on its radio, as well as its One Flow and Sensia 200D Connect devices. Other Pure platforms are set to get SiriusXM later on this year.
Today at a town-hall meeting in Amsterdam, Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Muck announced Rdio will be integrated into its cars in Europe as the default dashboard audio service. Such follows the company's use of Slacker with its vehicles in the United States, and is a new milestone for the Internet radio service.
Early this morning, Spotify threw the doors wide open for desktop users, stripping away restrictions and allowing unlimited free streaming, no caps or limitations to be seen. Rdio has followed closely on the heels of this, announcing today that its users can also now stream music for free on the Web, the listening supported by advertisements akin to that of its competitors.
While most songs on Spotify enjoy a degree of success, some more than others, there's a solid percentage that finds the online service a quiet, lonely place. About 20-percent of the tracks offered through the music streaming service have never been played a single time, and Spotify wants to change this with a new #undiscovered campaign. The idea is simple: filter the songs for those never played and show one a little love.
With Bluetooth connectivity in tow, Pure’s newest round of fashionable tabletop radios brings a classic sort of look to match with current-generation wireless technology. You’ll find two new base models appearing this week, one called the Evoke D2 with Bluetooth, the other called Evoke D4 - the latter coming in Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth iterations. These machines are being released individually, but they’re able to be matched up with one another with identical colors and complimentary industrial design.
Today, Rdio and Cumulus Media are slated to announce a partnership between the two companies, one slated to help boost the Internet radio service into more popular waters via, among other things, an advertisement-based free version in the U.S. Cumulus Media owns 525 radio stations, and will provide Rdio with access to its programming content.
A lawsuit has been filed against Sirius XM Radio in the U.S. District Court of Washington DC by SoundExchange, a non-profit organization that works with artists to collect royalties on digital works and has its establishment roots in the Recording Industry Association of America. According to the lawsuit, Sirius XM has underpaid the organization for a statutory license by quite a hefty sum, and it wants millions in return.
Are you tired of constantly going through your music and creating a new playlist for every situation? Spotify wants to fix that. They've introduced a new feature called Browse that lets you search for specific playlists based on what kind of mood you're in. These playlists are created by other users and picked out by Spotify staffers.
Right on the heels of iOS 7 beta 4 for developers comes the release of iTunes 11.1 in beta mode, appearing this afternoon with iTunes Radio ready for action. Announced at Apple's developer event WWDC 2013, iTunes Radio is a personalized streaming music internet radio station service that becomes more personalized the more the user listens to it. This system will also be built-in and/or available to the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV.