Since the release of her single "Hello" last month, many people have been eagerly awaiting Adele's new album. Of course, with any album release, many people also wonder when it will be hitting streaming services such as Spotify. Unfortunately for those people, they're not going to see this album on there any time soon.
Today Pandora has made public their intent to acquire what's left of the streaming audio service Rdio for a cool $75 million in cash. That price is "subject to certain purchase price adjustments," and the Pandora strategy here won't be to just take over Rdio's service, but to basically strip off all the parts that it wants. The transaction, says the Pandora release today, "is contingent upon Rdio seeking protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California."
The Sonos PLAY:5 is special. First of the streaming music company's all-in-one speakers, its launch in 2009 marked a shift to the plug-and-play simplicity that Sonos is now known for, without sacrificing the sound quality that music lovers demanded. Since then, new and more affordable models have lured in a fresh generation of wireless fans, while products like the PLAYBAR have tackled home theater audio, but it's taken until now for the granddaddy of the range to get its big revamp.
Sonos' new flagship all-in-one speaker, the 2015 PLAY:5, will go up for preorder from today and ship from November 20th, the company has confirmed. The wireless speaker, which sits atop Sonos' line-up of multiroom entertainment products, was announced last month with upgraded drivers, a new design with more comprehensive controls, and the promise of better sound.
Apple might not commonly be in the business of making apps for Android, but a new leak suggests it has cross-platform ambitions for Apple Music. The subscription-based streaming service launched back in June with iOS 8.4 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and OS X, but according to a new set of screenshots, work is progressing on what's purportedly an Android version of the software.
Google's original Chromecast was a runaway success, and now the company is hoping to do for audio streaming what it did for video. The Chromecast Audio - launched alongside a new Chromecast Video - promises to bring traditional speakers and HiFi systems up to speed in the brave new age of streaming, and all for a bargain price of $35.
The popularity of streaming music has been on the rise for some time now, but today there's actual numbers backing up its increasing dominance. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has released their mid-year sales report for 2015, and it reveals that for the first time in the US, streaming music has earned more revenue that physical sales.
Audio company Sonos has just taken the wraps off their second limited edition speaker from the PLAY:1 line, the Tone. Much like the first limited edition, the Blue Note, released earlier this year, the Tone continues with the PLAY:1's seamless, minimal design, but now in "absolute black" or "pristine white," and with a soft matte finish. It's still the same size as the standard PLAY:1, so the speaker is compact and can be placed in almost any room without having an over-bearing presence.
It's well known that Apple takes a 30% cut from all app purchases on the iOS App Store, and that fee is also applied to in-app subscriptions. So apps like, say, Spotify, the primary rival to the new Apple Music service, must hand over 30% of what each users pays when subscribing to the service directly on their iPhone. See where this is going? Spotify hopes you do, as they've begun encouraging users to switch their subscription over to the website in exchange for saving $3 per month.
The soon to be re-branded Xbox Music apps for iOS and Android have received a big update from Microsoft this week. The main new feature allows users to stream songs they've stored on OneDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage service. This has already been available to those who use Xbox Music on Windows since earlier this year, but now it's available to mobile users for the first time.
With the recently launched Apple Music and its curated radio station Beats 1 drawing attention from rival streaming services like Spotify, Rdio isn't wasting any time in firing back. The service has announced a number of new curated radio stations that offer more human-selected tunes. Rdio says it is collaborating with both influencers and record labels, along with more stations available to a wider range of countries around the globe.