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Articles tagged with: musique

Google Music Coming Soon? Leaked Files Drop Some Hints

It looks like Google is gearing up to launch its own music service, and although it currently looks a bit incomplete, we feel that it has a lot of room to grow.

Now, we covered this topic a bit back in May and we were first heard about it, and we wondered how Google would fare without the backing of record labels. However, according to some leaked files found in the Android Market update, it looks like Google may have swayed some record labels into joining.

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.

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 Raises Share Price By $3 In IPO

It looks like Pandora has changed its mind on its shares of stock since it’s original IPO (initial public offering). The company has just issued an amendment raising the share price from $10-$12. This is a $3 per share raise from its original average, and brings the company’s valuation from $1 billion to nearly $2 billion.

Since there are nearly 15 million shares up for the taking, Pandora expects to raise about $203 million from the initiative, or $60 million more than it’s original offering. Pandora currently rocks a user-base of 94 million, compared to 53 million the previous year. Likewise, users spend two times more time on the site than they had the previous year (rising from 0.7 billion hours to 1.6 billion hours).

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.

Don’t Let Your Earphones Hurt You

According to CrunchGear, one of the problems of in-ear headphones is that although they offer sharp sound, they also block all movement of air inside the air canal which is necessary to control the sound environment, but may also be fatiguing and damaging to your eardrum. Fortunately, an audio researcher named Stephen Ambrose has found a way to both improve the sound quality while still protecting the ears.

Google Music Offers 50GB Of Free Cloud Services

Google Music will launch tomorrow at Google I/O 2011. Google will offer users a digital locker that will allow songs to be stored within the cloud-based service, much like Amazon’s service. You can do this now with Google Docs but are only allowed to send one song at a time. Android streaming has also been heavily tested due mainly from a leaked Android Music app that started going around later in 2010.

There will be one key difference between Google Music and Amazon’s platform, and that is the Google service will offer ten times more storage. A free Google locker will offer 50GB of storage data that will accommodate 20,000 songs compared to Amazon’s 2,000 (for the free version.)

Cool New iOS Apps For Free

The new Apple app, VoxOx is the perfect Voice Over Internet phone app that combines VoIP and traditional calling to let users have more options for calls and texts. This app is of course more affordable than a traditional phone plan, which is its main selling point. It includes features like the ability to send and receive SMS text messages (free), email copies of transcripts, create additional phone numbers and even change caller ID.

Apple Takes Another Step In Cloud Direction

After our recent blog about Apple’s upcoming cloud service, we have new information that Apple has made a purchase in the Cloud industry. Apple has purchased iCloud for $4.5 million which could be an excellent foreshadowing of future success. Although it has not been officially confirmed by Apple, GigaOM reports that Xcerion may have sold the iCloud.com domain.