It was announced a month ago that streaming music service Rdio had been acquired by rival Pandora, and that it was being folded into its new owner, but until today Rdio users weren't sure of how long they could continue listening. The shuttered company has now revealed that its curtain call will be Tuesday, December 22nd, at 5:00 PM Pacific (8 PM Eastern) to be specific. Thankfully that leaves users with one full week to import their playlists into Spotify should they choose to migrate to that service.
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."
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.
This morning we're having a peek at Apple Music in the wild for the first time. While we've gotten an opportunity to use the service earlier this year at Apple's developer conference WWDC, this is the first we're getting to use the service just like everybody else. Our first question is undoubtedly yours, as well: does it make sense for me to give up the streaming music service I already use to start subscribing to Apple Music instead? Deciding whether or not to use the music service built-in to your device as made by its creator is a decision most high-end smartphone users have to make at some point in their lives - why not now?
The music streaming business has already been quite crowded and tough the past few years, and there is no indication that it's going to let up any time soon. Rdio might be already feeling that pressure even more, with the likes of Spotify gaining more and more traction. As a stop gap measure, the streaming service is introducing Rdio Select, a new tier that goes for half the price of a regular monthly sub, but of course also with limits on how much you can enjoy that new found freedom.
Concertgoers who purchase tickets via AXS, a subsidiary of AEG, might end up getting free streaming music. In a new partnership, tickets purchased via AXS will also get users a free 30-day trial of Rdio. The month-long free subscription is for unlimited streaming, but comes with an added bonus. Depending on your ticket purchase history, Rdio may be able to customize your new profile with music you’re into. If an artist you’ve seen live adds music to Rdio, you’d even get notified.
This week T-Mobile is bringing the heat with an extension on their Music Freedom service which allows users to stream music without added data costs. That means that the music service you use to stream music - the app that probably uses the MOST data on your device - will no longer be counted against your data costs for the month with T-Mobile. This is a service that no other mobile carrier offers at this time - not on the ground, that is to say.
Rdio has upped its game against competitor Spotify, announcing a new pricing structure for its family plans following Spotify's own discounted family rates. The service wasn't shy to point out that it did the family plan setup first (back in 2011), and with its new pricing structure the music streaming service goes toe-to-toe with Spotify by matching its rates. As of today, Rdio subscribers can add family members to their account for an extra $5 per month. This follows Rdio's family plan boost from 3 to 5 accounts that happened last summer.
This afternoon we've been having some fun playing with the new Jawbone app called Drop. This app allows you to connect to your RDIO or Spotify account to play music in just about as simplified a manner as possible. Almost as if the folks at Jawbone hired the best User Interface experts they could, then told them to dismiss the UI of RDIO and Spotify altogether. With great effect. And with the ability to share your favorite beats with your buddies through Twiter, of course.
There are a lot of streaming music services in the world, and Google’s acquisition of Songza came as no surprise. What is a bit befuddling to some is why Google would buy Songza instead of the others out there. Google’s pockets are deep, so cost wasn’t really an issue — they could have had any company willing to sell (and they all would for the right price). So why did Google grab Songza?
Aether's unusually-shaped Cone speaker, a streaming music player that promises smart curation of tracks, will launch with Rdio and Stitcher as sources, the start-up has confirmed. Revealed back in March, the distinctive speaker prioritizes machine learning rather than active control over playlists, with Aether promising to learn the listener's preferences and tailor what's streaming to suit.