January 17, 2014 |
The Internet music service Rdio is now letting people in the U.S. access its 20-million-song library on the Web without paying -- though those users will hear ads. The change is part of a deal announced last year in which terrestrial radio company Cumulus Media acquired a minority stake in San Francisco-based Rdio, which was launched in 2010 by Skype co-creator Janus Friis. Rdio's on-demand Web version was previously available only to paying subscribers. The company had already made its algorithm-based, Pandora-esque stations feature available free of charge through its mobile app. To get unlimited, ad-free Web and mobile, users must upgrade to the $10 monthly fee. On the set: movies and TV Rdio has never revealed how many users it has, but it's thought to lag behind Swedish company Spotify, which has also expanded its offerings.
January 13, 2014 |
The long-anticipated Beats Music service, from veteran music executive Jimmy Iovine and rapper Dr. Dre, is on the launch pad, with AT&T touting a new family plan. Beats Music, set to launch on Jan. 21, will vie with Pandora, Spotify and Apple's iTunes Radio for listeners in the digital era. As digital download sales have reached a plateau, after more than a decade of growth, such streaming music services have become a major focus of the industry -- and the fastest-growing part of the business.
January 8, 2014 |
Streaming music apps may be hot these days, but it will be a long time before they top the old-fashioned radio dial. Traditional AM/FM radio is still the most popular way for people to listen to music, news and talk, even as digital music offers more control and becomes easier to use on the go, according to a study by media agency MediaVest and Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, the nation's biggest radio company. According to the study,...
December 12, 2013 |
This post has been updated, as indicated below. A belated arrival on the streaming-music scene, Led Zeppelin quickly shot up the charts on Spotify this week despite not having released an album of new material in more than 30 years. The service made the band's first two albums (both from 1969) available Wednesday -- the first Led Zep releases to appear on any of the licensed music subscription services -- and within a day they were both in Spotify's Top 25. [ Updated, 12:15 p.m. Dec. 13: Spotify made two more of the band's releases available Thursday, and all four were in the Top 25 by noon Friday.]
December 6, 2013 |
Spotify free riders, get ready to rejoice. An ad-supported version of Spotify's mobile music-streaming service reportedly will be unveiled next week. Bloomberg says the Swedish company will announce a free version of its mobile service in New York City on Wednesday. Currently, Spotify is free to use with ads on desktop computers, but U.S. users who want the service on their mobile devices have to pay $9.99 per month. PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' Spotify is a leader in the music streaming market, but the space is crowded with several others, including Pandora, Apple's iTunes Radio, Google Play Music All Access and Rdio.
December 3, 2013 |
The streaming music service Rdio has tapped Anthony Bay -- a former digital media executive at Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. -- as its new chief executive. This ends a search that began in June when the company's former CEO, Drew Larner, said he would step down after a replacement was found. Larner will become vice chairman and strategic advisor to Rdio's board of directors. Rdio, the San Francisco company founded by Skype co-creator Janus Friis and launched in 2010, has been trying to compete in a crowded industry that includes larger competitors such as Spotify and Pandora.