Backed by a retinue of media heavyweights, Pluto.tv launched on Monday with the aim of making online video more like television -- a lean-back experience where viewers can just select a channel and let it play. The goal: significantly boost the amount of time people spend watching online videos.
Last.fm, a pioneer in online music, said Wednesday it will end its subscription radio streaming service on April 28. Instead, the company will plug into YouTube and VEVO to provide music streams to people who use its online music player, introduced earlier this year.
CD Baby announces it has paid out $1 million in YouTube sync licensing to its artists. De La Soul dives into the BitTorrent crowd. And advertising inside of mobile apps rocketed 56% last year is projected to overtake PC display ads by 2017 in key countries, according to a joint survey by App Annie and IDC.
Linkin Park, a band known for its experimental approaches to technology, is debuting its newest music video as a fully playable game inside of "Project Spark," a game-building platform created by Microsoft for Xbox One and Windows 8.
It's a music video. It's a game. It's Linkin Park's latest play on technology -- a six-minute video game debuting on Tuesday (March 25) that's based on the band's latest single, "Guilty All the Same," featuring Rakim.
Citing higher royalty costs, Pandora on Tuesday said it is raising the price of its ad-free PandoraOne service to $4.99 a month for new subscribers, starting in May. Existing PandoraOne subscribers will continue to pay $3.99 a month. Pandora is also doing away with its annual subscription option, which cost $39 a year for ad-free listening.