Pandora has been swept up into another legal spat, this one over the golden oldies -- music made before 1972, with record companies accusing the Internet radio service of state copyright protection violations. The lawsuit includes labels Sony, Universal, Warner Music, and ABKCO, a lesser known independent label that holds rights for many Rolling Stones songs.
A ruling last week regarding how much Pandora should pay ASCAP fell in the company's favor, with it being ruled the Internet radio service would pay the high-end of the range it felt the rate should fall within: 1.85-percent. Many in the industry criticized this, but it was seen as a victory for Pandora. Now that such matters are settled, the radio service has announced an increase in rates for subscribers.
Pandora and the music industry have long been engaged in a spat over what kind of rates the Internet radio service should be paying out. In a recent ruling, Judge Cote ordered Pandora to pay ASCAP, a performance rights organization, 1.85-percent of its annual revenue, something that has the industry up in arms.
With the demonstration of Apple's CarPlay today, questions about third-party app support arose. Upon launch, CarPlay will include Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Beats Radio, and the Podcasts App. Notably lacking from the list is Pandora, with the Internet radio service confirming it won't be integrated with CarPlay.
There are a number of online music streaming services and apps for music fans on iOS and Android devices. It seems like those apps are constantly making changes and offering new features in an attempt to lure in more customers. Today for instance, Spotify ditched its free listening time limits on the web letting people listen to more music.
A much-requested feature has been bestowed upon Pandora's iOS users today -- an Alarm Clock that allows one to wake up to the sounds of their favorite radio station rather than a shrill typical alarm. With Alarm Clock, one's smartphone becomes the radio-clock combo of days gone by, only with more configuration options and the ever-loved snooze function.
Streaming radio stalwart Pandora has refreshed its iPhone and iPad apps and re-jazzed its branding in the face of Apple competition in iOS 7's new iTunes Radio feature, aiming to pre-emptively shore up against the potential loss of users. Pandora v5.0 includes an aesthetic refresh for iPhone users, bringing the music app more in line with the design of iOS 7 - which we reviewed, along with iTunes Radio specifically, yesterday - while the iPad version gets features its phone sibling has been enjoying for some months.
In March of this year, Pandora's Joe Kennedy announced that he would be leaving the Internet radio company this year. Such kicked off the search for his replacement, which has been unveiled today as former Microsoft executive and senior vice president Brian McAndrews, who left Microsoft in 2008 and will be serving as Pandora's President, Chairman, and CEO.
Pandora will ditch its 40 hour limit on mobile streaming, the internet radio company has announced, raising its game ahead of Apple's iTunes Radio launch later this year. The decision, which was announced as part of Pandora's latest quarterly financial results, is possible thanks to the "rapid progress of its mobile advertising" the company says, which will offset royalty costs.
Last month, we reported that - as part of an ongoing battle between Pandora and the music industry - the Internet radio company would acquire terrestrial radio station KXMZ in order to get an RMLC license. The ultimate goal in the business move would be scoring the lower royalty rates that its competitors enjoy. The ASCAP has long bucked against Pandora's efforts, and this acquisition is no different: a request has been made for the FCC to block the purchase.
Apple's iTunes Radio terms for record labels have been revealed, and look likely to ramp up attention on Pandora and other rivals who have recently been accused of short-changing artists. The royalties iTunes Radio will pay, according to the WSJ's insider glance at the offers made to independent labels, will kick off at 0.13 cents per play, as well as a proportionate share of 15-percent of net advertising revenue.