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Articles tagged with: streaming

Songza A Simpler Way To Stream Your Music

Songza is based on the simple principle that even using Pandora requires too much thought. Songza creates ready-made playlists for certain times of day or activities, such as for on Monday morning or romancing on Friday night.

“The idea here is that we can get you to awesome music without you having to think,” said Elias Roman, 28, Songza’s chief executive.

Pandora’s New Layout Came When It Was Supposed To

Pandora’s new layout is a welcome change for me, primarily because it is based on HTML5. With the previous version of Pandora, my 32-bit Firefox browser would often crash on my 64-bit operating system due to the flash player.

Since, I no longer use Firefox, it hasn’t been a problem with good ol’ trusty Chrome, but it’s still nice to know that Firefox will be safe.

iTunes Introduces Replay Movie Feature

Recently, Apple introduced a new service which would allow users to stream TV shows which they had already purchased on their Apple TV. It was rumored that Apple would launch a music streaming service with iCloud and iTunes, but the latest reports suggest that Apple is now working on a new movie streaming service called iTunes Replay.

According to the experts at App Advice Apple, the company is soon to launch a new movie streaming service on iTunes which will allow users to re-stream the movies which they had already purchased and will also provide the facility to re-download them.

Spotify Gets Sued For Patent Infringement

Just two weeks after entering the U.S. market, Spotify has been sued for patent infringement by the PacketVideo, a Wireless Multimedia Platform Creator.

Spotify had recently signed up 70,000 paid users in it’s first week. The claim of PacketVideo is that Spotify did not follow certain recommendations and restrictions which every video streaming website should follow.

The PacketVideo claims that every video streaming website should have “A Device for the distribution of music information in digital form.”

Ustream Launches iPad App, Bringing Video To Happy Eyes

A new application known as Ustream has just come out for the iPad. It allows iPad users to directly watch and stream videos online.

The company previously launched the Android version just 2 weeks ago known as Honeycomb. It also allowed streaming videos directly from tablets.

But Ustream now seems to be a better option for iPad users. In addition to watching streaming videos online on the iPad, using the Ustream, users can now record their own videos and upload them directly from their iPads.

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.

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*.

Hulu Gives In To Apple’s Demands

Hulu recently modified its login screen for its Hulu Plus platform for Apple’s iOS. If you don’t see much of a difference in the modification, you’re right. Hulu simply took off the URL that linked back to their site to non-users who may be interested in signing up for Hulu Plus.

In essence, Apple doesn’t want people linking back to other sites, and from my guess, buying or using another product or service. By doing this, Apple is able to keep users in their own little bubbles-especially Mac users who are not too savvy and aren’t comfortable using Google (it’s okay, not everyone is).

Xbox360 Adds YouTube, Bing, And Live TV To UI

Just a week after Microsoft boasted that 40% of all Xbox’s use was nongaming, Microsoft has recently announced at E3, that it has improved the Xbox UI by adding both detailed voice and gesture controls. The new Xbox user interface will have Bing, Netflix, YouTube, and all of your usual games all in one system, creating the ultimate powerhouse for entertainment.

The only thing missing is a usable chat client, similar to what STEAM uses for its gamers. With the new system, gamers can simply say a term to bring up all games, movies, and TV-shows related to that term. Gamers will be able to watch clips of the content, view gaming tutorials through YouTube, and discover any new releases pertaining to their favorite titles.

T-Mobile Releases Rocket 3.0 Modem Stick

T-Mobile revealed today the release date and pricing for the first HSPA+ 42Mbps modem along with an announcement that the network is doubling the speed of its current 4G network across 50 markets in the United States.

I am glad to see that while AT&T seeks to get the T-Mobile acquisition approved, T-Mobile continues business as usual (which is smart, in case the deal doesn’t go through, it wouldn’t be good for T-Mobile to stand as a wallflower).