Earlier this year, Pandora added the Sleep Timer function to its mobile app so that Pandora listeners can fall asleep to their favorite stations. Now users can wake up to their beloved tunes with the new Pandora Alarm Clock. Music lovers no longer have to settle for the stock alarm clock's limited sound selections (thanks to iOS, quacking ducks now enrage me to no end). This long-awaited and much-welcome feature comes with the standard alarm clock features, such as timer and snooze, and Alarm Clock even ties in with the Sleep Timer. … Read more
Spotify users streamed more than 4.5 billion hours of music in the past year, the streaming music company's CEO said Wednesday.
Users also have created and shared 1.5 billion playlists, Chief Executive Daniel Ek said during an event Wednesday in New York. They also create more than 1.5 million new playlists every day.
"This really blows me away that our users are so passionate about music," he said.
In March, Spotify said it had surpassed 6 million subscribers, a gain of 1 million since December 2012, but it hadn't updated its user numbers … Read more
Spotify is setting its mobile app free.
The streaming music service said Wednesday that it would allow anyone on an iOS or Android tablet or smartphone to use its app free of charge. The new service launches Wednesday. Previously, users could only listen to Spotify's desktop or browser-based program for free, and only premium members who paid $10 a month had access to the service through other devices.
The move marks a change in Spotify's business and could expand its potential base of listeners. The lack of a free mobile app has been an inhibitor of the company'… Read more
Waking up to the loud beeping of an alarm clock is no way to start a day, particularly if you regularly hit the snooze button and repeat the process once or twice before rolling out of bed. Pandora offers a better way. The free Pandora Radio app for iOS just received an update that introduces a new design for iOS 7 along with a long-awaited alarm clock feature.
To set the alarm, tap on the menu button in the upper-right corner when viewing the Now Playing screen. At the bottom of the menu you'll see a new line for … Read more
Pandora Media, the operator of the Web's top radio service, is squeezing more juice out of its mobile advertising, with revenue from the ads crossing the $100 million mark for the first time in the latest quarter.
Thursday, Pandora reported that a financial measure called RPM, which is how much revenue it gets from 1,000 ad impressions, rose again for its mobile advertising. The company's new chief executive, Brian McAndrews -- an advertising executive who joined the online radio service in September -- said the company would continue to invest aggressively, a chord his predecessor, Joe Kennedy, … Read more
Pandora turned 13 this year. An identity crisis would be right on time.
But the operator of the Internet's biggest radio service seems to know exactly what it wants to be when it grows up. Its dream: become an advertising-powered heavyweight, holding its own against any of the radio giants that, for now, gorge on the lion's share of the estimated $14 billion radio-ad market. Yes, that also means leaving Apple and its nascent iTunes Radio music service in the dust.
Pandora appears on the path to get there ahead of its third-quarter earnings report Thursday, with a … Read more
In fact, the Internet radio service managed to increase its market share after iTunes Radio was released in September, Michael Herring, Pandora's chief financial officer, said Monday at an investors conference in San Francisco.
Listeners tuned into Pandora for a total of 1.47 billion hours overall last month, up a notable 18 percent from a year ago, according to The Associated Press. What's more, users' listening hours grew 9 percent after iTunes Radio debuted, Herring said.
Pandora is still the … Read more
Pandora is on Chromecast at last, after Google said in July that an app for the Internet's leading radio service was "coming soon."
After Google introduced its $35 Chromecast HDMI dongle (read CNET's review) to easily fling apps like Netflix and Google Play Music onto televisions, Chromecast's life has been marked by feverish consumer interest and a dearth of updates that, combined, give the impression that Google was caught flat-footed.
Many of the indications that Google got ahead of itself when it unveiled Chromecast are flattering to the search giant, even if they were frustrating … Read more
Pandora is getting friendlier with Android tablet users on the heels of now-rival Apple touting the traction of iTunes Radio.
Pandora, the Internet's biggest radio service, on Wednesday rolled out a new version of its Android app designed specifically for tablets. The interface takes advantage of bigger screens and has upgraded functions, like the ability to add variety to a station and view more details about the artist and album.
Many of the features mimic what the company's dedicated iPad app can do. When it launched the iPad version, Pandora said it was planning an Android tablet app … Read more
Pandora, the Internet's biggest radio service, is the company the recorded music industry loves to hate. Some artists have loudly vilified it, accusing it of paying piddling rates to play their work. Labels' acrimony over the service stoked its efforts to paralyze a bill that would have lowered the royalty rate Webcasters pay, and music publishers have singled out Pandora in an effort to withhold their catalogs. The Recording Industry Association of America has outright lied, Pandora claims, about how its payments work.