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Articles tagged with: Internet radio

The Breakdown On Music Streaming Service, Spotify

Spotify is a huge music streaming service that just launched here in the U.S. after much success abroad. The music is composed of underground and mainstream labels and brings the best of both worlds.

It differs from Pandora (Internet Radio Station) in a number of ways. Firstly, you can freely search for a song out of a database of 15 million tracks, rather than randomly listen and hope for a song you like to pop up, as how Pandora currently works.

Pandora Gets A Whole New Look, Switches To HTML5

If you’re into online radio, you’ve probably heard of Pandora. The company had an initial public offering just a few weeks ago, and are now going through a massive restructure that will unveil itself very soon.

To start, subscribers will be slowly but steadily gaining access to the new site on a rolling basis, so it’s hard to give an exact launch date of Pandora’s new interface. The site will first be available to Pandora One customers.

Spotify Comes To U.S. Residents, Perhaps For A Facebook Debut?

Spotify, a Swedish DRM-based music streaming service includes both major labels such as Sony, EMI, and Universal, and independent labels. The startup was launched in October of 2008, and I am please to announce that the service will soon be available to U.S. customers.

The announcement was actually made earlier in the month when Spotify had confirmed that it would come to the U.S., although it had not provided a specific launch date.

Get Unlimited Skips In Pandora

If you are like me and listen to Pandora 50 hours a week, or if you just enjoy having the option of skipping as many songs as you want, you’re going to want to hear this. An XDA forum member by the name of yakitori2 has hacked the Pandora platform to give users the ability to skip as many songs as they desire.

From a quick glance, it appears that this is only a hack for the mobile version of Pandora, and unfortunately does not apply to PC users. Although, you may be able to hook up your android phone to your speakers and get a similar effect.

Best Buy Prepares To Launch Cloud Music Service

Best Buy is getting ready to officially launch its own Music Cloud service, which aims to compete against Amazon’s Cloud Player, Google Music, and Apple’s iCloud. With the new music service, users can stream their favorite tunes to multiple devices.

Music can be streamed to desktop computers, phones, tablets, you name it. Users can also save songs locally to devices for offline play which is expected to be a popular feature with high data prices from select carriers *cough* AT&T *cough*.

A Facebook Music Dashboard On The Way?

There are rumors that Facebook is working on a music “dashboard”, a tab in the home page that allows for music streaming services. Although I don’t know how this will fare against signing directly into Pandora, I do have to commend the social media platform for finding another way to keep users tuned in.

The music will be available in the aforementioned tab on the left-hand side of Facebook’s home page, leading to music-streaming services such as Spotify.

Pandora’s IPO Raises Again, To $16

After we had just covered Pandora’s IPO raise from $7-$9 a share to $10-$12 a share, the company has just raised the price to $16 per share (nearly double of its original offering). According to Chris Nerney from IT World, this is an old Wall Street trick to raise investor enthusiasm.

Nerney argues that this is a tactic to make Pandora seem like an extremely desirable investment, whether it is or isn’t. This opens Pandora’s box (so to speak) on the first day of trading and will cause investors to pay a high price of about $30 to $40 a share. It is also likely that the stock may dip down to a low $20 in the coming weeks.

Army Sniper For Android, Check It Out!

As a gamer, I find it quite hard to find shooter games on the Android platform. I think it’s because shooting games are touted to be ideal for 3D graphics and therefore most people enjoy first-person shooters on consoles such as the Xbox360 or the PlayStation 3.

But why does all shooting have to be three-dimensional with top-of-the-line graphics? Can’t I enjoy some 2D sniping once in a while? With Army Sniper, a new Android game, I can. Army Sniper’s main objective are to simply snipe terrorists. To move the sniper scope to your target, the user must tilt the Android tablet or Android phone and press a button to shoot.

Slacker Radio Launches With Hopeful Future

Slacker has just launched its premium online radio service, giving users unlimited song skips without any ads for just $4 a month, as part of its existing Radio Plus service. If you do the math, that’s just $12 more per year than Pandora, which only allows you 6 song skips per station per hour (the hour is real-time, not time spent on Pandora). What’s new is for $10 a month, users can play any song in Slacker’s music library whenever they’d like.

Let This Gadget Find Music For You, For Free

What I am about to say is no secret, we live very busy lives. Although there are excellent Internet radio solutions like Pandora out there, people will notice that they are often bound to a particular channel, not literally of course. It is just that when you are hard at work, it’s not very feasible to “play DJ” and switch back and forth through particular channels on a platform such as Pandora. The new RM50 is an Internet Radio that brings a modern influence to a traditional FM radio. For about $160, you’ll be able to access a multitude of music stations, news stations, local, and specialist radio stations.