Pandora Radio

  1. Business Matters: Earbits-Powered Radio Station Debuts at SFGate

    July 20, 2011 5:58 PM EDT Earbits-Powered Radio Station Debuts at SFGate -- Internet radio startup Earbits has found a clever way to get its product to market. SFGate, the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle, launched the Earbits-powered SFGate Radio on Wednesday ...

  2. Sonos Doubles Down on Streaming With the Play:3 Wireless Speaker System

    July 20, 2011 10:50 AM EDT With streaming music services starting to get mainstream attention, assisted in no small part by the launch Spotify in the U.S., Sonos is ramping up its efforts to establish itself as the home entertainment solution of choice. The wireless, multi- ...

  3. Business Matters: Did You Know 64 Streams Equals One Download?

    July 19, 2011 6:35 PM EDT The Transition From Music Ownership to Access Is Gonna Hurt A Lotta Wallets -- (Editor's note: due to a spreadsheet typo, this article originally stated that 48 streams at 1.146 cents per stream equals the gross revenue rights holders get fro ...

  4. Business Matters: Piracy Ravages Earnings in App World

    July 15, 2011 6:09 PM EDT Maybe It's Time for App Developers to Start Selling T-Shirts -- Piracy is no longer a problem for legacy entertainment companies like record labels and film studios. Mobile app developers now must deal with their pirated games being available ...

  5. Inside Turntable.fm: Social Networking Meets Internet Radio

    July 15, 2011 4:30 PM EDT A strange thing happened on the way to the latest digital music revolution. As U.S. consumers and recording industry executives wait to see if Spotify and Apple can usher in a new era of cloud-based music streaming, Turntable.fm has become the m ...

  6. Business Matters: Coincidence? Pandora Stock Falls as Media Goes Gaga Over Spotify Launch

    July 14, 2011 7:41 PM EDT Pandora Stock Falls as Media Goes Gaga Over Spotify Launch -- Were Pandora investors reacting to Spotify's U.S. launch when the company's stock dropped immediately after the markets opened Thursday morning? Pandora opened at $18.12 and b ...

  7. Spotify Finally Launches in the U.S. -- Full Details Here

    July 14, 2011 6:16 AM EDT Spotify is finally available for U.S. consumers, ending well over a year of anticipation that a deal with all four U.S. major labels was imminent. A deal with Warner Music Group was finalized Wednesday, according to sources and reports. The compan ...

  8. Business Matters: New Netflix Strategy Shows Demand for Physical Formats Still Alive

    July 13, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Let's Get Physical, Physical, Says Netflix -- For insight into the state of the CD, look to a recent decision by Netflix to unbundle its streaming and DVD rental plans . The 1% gain in U.S. album sales in the first half of 2011 has brought up ...

  9. As Pandora Passes 100 Million Users, Can It Sustain Its Lead?

    July 13, 2011 12:23 PM EDT Pandora Media held its first get together for equity analysts on Tuesday. Its pitch: this is just the beginning. The company's road map was clear and realistic. Rather than eye other markets or undertake a radical transformation, Pandora is g ...

  10. Business Matters: Clear Channel's Personalized Radio Service Due In September

    July 11, 2011 8:15 PM EDT Clear Channel's Personalized Radio Service Due In September -- Pandora is going to get a new competitor this year -- and it's not Spotify. Clear Channel is bringing out the big guns later this year for the debut of its personalized Inter ...

  11. Spotify U.S. Is Probably Launching This Week: What Can We Expect?

    July 11, 2011 11:16 AM EDT The long wait could be over this week: According to multiple sources and reports, Spotify will launch in the U.S. this week. Next come the media coverage, the product reviews and the wait to see if Spotify lives up to its billing. Before the launc ...

  12. Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Revamp: Details Announced

    July 11, 2011 10:51 AM EDT Radio station giant Clear Channel Communications Inc. is taking a swipe at online music service Pandora with a revamp of its iheartradio application that imitates Pandora's personalized listening experience but doesn't mimic the startup& ...

  13. Business Matters: Games Top Mobile Apps Category, Music Fifth

    July 06, 2011 6:19 PM EDT Gaming Tops Mobile Apps; Music, Not So Much -- Games are the most popular category of mobile apps but music isn't too far behind, according to new figures released by Nielsen. Game apps have been used by 64% of app downloads in the previous 3 ...

  14. This Week in Apps: Pitbull's Planet Pit and Roba, Incubus with Viddy, Radical.fm, More

    July 01, 2011 2:40 PM EDT Planet Pit Pitbull is supporting the release of his latest album, "Planet Pit," an iPad app off the same name. Developed by ROBA Interactive, the app provides several hours of behind-the-scenes interviews on the making of every track, re ...

  15. Business Matters: As Pandora Stock Rises (Past Its IPO), How Does Its Market Value Compare to Peers?

    July 01, 2011 1:03 PM EDT As Pandora Stock Rises (Past Its IPO), How Does Its Market Value Compare to Peers? -- Pandora Media's turbulent stock market ride continues this week as shares of the newly public company have risen over 50% primarily on speculation the compa ...

  16. Slacker VP Jonathan Sasse Says AOL Music Deal Will More Than Double Audience

    June 29, 2011 3:16 PM EDT Digital music is a numbers game: add listeners, attract advertisers for free listeners, lure paying customers and build enough scale to make the equation work. Slacker's new partnership with AOL Music to power its radio service is all about t ...

  17. Business Matters: DISH Picks Odd Time to Show Interest In Pandora

    June 28, 2011 8:47 PM EDT DISH Picks Odd Time to Show Interest in Pandora -- According to numerous media reports, satellite television operator DISH Network may buy an interest in, or outright acquire, personalized Internet radio company Pandora Media. The comment made by ...

  18. AOL, Slacker Team up for Radio & On-Demand Music

    June 28, 2011 11:35 AM EDT AOL Music is relaunching its AOL Radio feature with partner Slacker . Previously powered by CBS Radio, AOL Radio will now be fully powered by the Slacker personalized radio service. AOL will offer all three tiers of Slacker's service-the free ...

  19. Business Matters: Does Turntable.fm Live up to the Hype?

    June 27, 2011 6:16 PM EDT Does Turntable.fm Live up to the Hype? -- Is Turntable.fm really the next big thing or just tech writers' latest love interest? If you read a fair number of music and technology blogs, you've probably run across Turntable.fm. It's b ...

  20. Do Investors Really Understand Pandora and Digital Music?

    June 27, 2011 2:56 PM EDT One reason for the wide swings in Pandora's stock price is due to wide differences in enthusiasm about the company. Investors with the greatest belief in the company purchased at $24 per share . Others waited until the price dropped below the ...

  21. Business Matters: Mobile U.S. Ad Revenues Projected to be $4 Billion by 2015

    June 23, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Mobile U.S. Ad Revenues Projected to be $4 Billion by 2015 -- Since a good portion of future of digital music ad revenues will depend on the vibrancy of the mobile ad market, a new revenue forecast will be on great interest to digital service prov ...

  22. Business Matters: Why We7 Could be the Next Pandora

    June 22, 2011 5:25 PM EDT Is We7 The Next Pandora? -- U.K. digital music service We7 could be the closest thing to Pandora outside of the U.S. With a few years of learning under its belt and a product revamped for the mainstream, and with 3 million unique users a month in ...

  23. Shazam Raises $32 Million to Expand Music, TV Services

    June 22, 2011 10:35 AM EDT Shazam , whose technology lets people use their cell phones to learn the names of songs, has raised $32 million in funding to bolster expansion plans and move the company closer to a potential public stock offering. The new funding, led by venture ...

  24. Five Things Not To Expect From Pandora Post-IPO

    June 17, 2011 5:33 PM EDT Pandora's IPO has brought new expectations for both the company and digital music in general. There has been chatter about what its IPO means to digital music, how its product will change and how quickly it will tackle International expansion ...

  25. Spotify Raises $100 Million, But Remains Stuck at $1 Billion Valuation

    June 17, 2011 5:00 PM EDT As its long-awaited U.S. debut nears, Spotify has raised around $100 million of funding from DST, Kleiner Perkins and Accel, according to MediaMemo . This new funding reportedly values Spotify at $1 billion. Although its continues to grow in Europ ...

  26. Pandora's Stock Retreats To Below IPO Price

    June 16, 2011 8:08 PM EDT Buyer's remorse already may be setting in for some investors in Internet radio station Pandora Media. After intense demand drove up the price for Pandora's initial public offering of stock, the shares plunged by as much as 11 percent dur ...

  27. Business Matters: Pandora Falls 24% on Second Day of Trading

    June 16, 2011 5:53 PM EDT Pandora Crashes Back to Earth, But Why? - After flying high on its opening day of public trading, Pandora Media came crashing back to earth on Thursday. Shares closed down 23.88% to $13.26, erasing $690 million in market value. Pandora's IPO ...

  28. Business Matters: Pandora Goes Public During Market Downturn, Not That it Matters

    June 15, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Pandora Goes Public During Market Downturn -- Not That it Matters -- Pandora's successful IPO arrives as the broader stock market has gone through a slump. But the timing isn't necessary bad. A cloudy market shouldn't be a problem f ...

  29. Pandora's Tim Westergren Talks With Billboard About IPO, Revenues, and the Future

    June 15, 2011 12:29 PM EDT After more than a decade of struggle, during which it almost shut down several times, Pandora today launched a highly successful initial public offering that so far has seen shares rise from an opening of $16 to $24.20, and the day is far from ove ...

  30. Music Companies: History Shows That a Successful IPO Does Not Guarantee a Good Investment

    June 15, 2011 12:12 PM EDT Today's IPO of Internet radio company Pandora is sure to put even more of a spotlight on digital music. The company raised its IPO price to $16 - it was originally slated to go between $9 and $11 - and it added another 1 million shares to the ...

  31. Pandora Shares Rise 50% In First Minutes of Trading After IPO

    June 15, 2011 10:56 AM EDT Shares of Pandora Media were up as much as 51% on their first morning of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The successful IPO and subsequent rise in share prices means Pandora has become one of the most valuable music-related companies in th ...

  32. Pandora IPO Prices Above Expectations at $16 per Share

    June 14, 2011 8:20 PM EDT NEW YORK - Online music service Pandora Media late Tuesday priced its initial public offering of 14.7 million shares at $16, above the previously targeted $10-$12 target range. That means that the move to go public will generate $235 million in pr ...

  33. Five Questions We Have About Pandora's IPO Tomorrow

    June 14, 2011 5:03 PM EDT By all accounts, tomorrow is the day Pandora puts 14.7 million shares of stock on sale to the public , equal to about 20% of its total equity. At an offering price of between $10 - $12 a share, that would raise around $146 million and value the co ...

  34. Can Spotify and Hulu Move Forward Without Killing The Businesses They Rely On?

    June 14, 2011 11:24 AM EDT Traditional media wants to embrace streaming content. But for Spotify and Hulu , two leaders in on-demand music and TV, popularity with consumers often equals infamy with the media executives who rely on albums and primetime ads to make money. Str ...

  35. Business Matters: Pandora Raises IPO Price, BTIG Analyst Advises Investors to Pass

    June 10, 2011 4:14 PM EDT Pandora IPO: Bulls vs. Bears -- Pandora is feeling good about its initial public offering of common stock. The company has upped the number of shares and its target price for its IPO, according to a revised S-1 SEC filing . The original plan was t ...

  36. Business Matters: Pandora Thinks Its IPO Could Net It $33 Million

    June 03, 2011 3:14 PM EDT Pandora Thinks Its IPO Could Net It $33 Million Pandora is hoping its IPO will raise a total of about $141 million. If you've read about the IPO in the news, that's the number being used as the total amount of proceeds the company will r ...

  37. Biz's App of the Month: Hype Machine Radio

    June 01, 2011 12:32 PM EDT Action shots of the The Hype Machine Radio app. Sometimes you just don't know what music you want to listen to. Searching through your music library can be like scrolling through the hundreds of channels available on your premium cable TV pla ...

  38. Business Matters: Pandora Grew Like Gangbusters in Q1 -- Except In One Important Way

    May 26, 2011 7:25 PM EDT Pandora Grew Like Gangbusters in Q1 -- Except In One Important Way -- Pandora is growing quickly and people are listening longer. Yet as more people listened more often over the last 12 months, Pandora was able to generate little additional revenu ...

  39. NPD: Mobile Music Usage Up, But Paid Services Still Lagging

    May 25, 2011 1:40 PM EDT The smartphone craze is having a notable, and positive, affect on mobile music usage, according to a new report from the NPD Group. According to the company's research, the number of active mobile music listeners increased by 9 million in the ...

  40. Business Matters: Digital Album Sales Way Up in 2011 (Thanks Adele!); More Shareholders Sue WMG

    May 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Thanks Adele: Digital Album Sales Way Up in 2011 -- Led by Adele's hit "21", this year's best selling new albums are putting up great digital numbers. The top 5 digital albums have sold 1.81 million units through May 15, accord ...

  41. Cloud Music Funding -- Not Usage -- Surges; Germany's Simfy Raises $14 Million

    May 18, 2011 11:35 AM EDT German music service Simfy has raised €10 million (US $14.2 million) of funding from previous backers Earlybird, NRW Bank, Dumont Venture and Klaus Wecken. In a press release , CEO Gerrit Schumann says the funding will help it expand into other ma ...

  42. Business Matters: CDs Down 9% This Year And Getting Cheaper All the Time

    May 17, 2011 5:56 PM EDT CD's Downward Spiral: Declining Sales, Prices -- The year-to-date decline in CD sales may be smaller than the sales drop of years past, but the drop is actually larger when you factor in declining sale prices. The most official information on ...

  43. Slacker Internet Radio Adds On-Demand Tier

    May 17, 2011 9:14 AM EDT Slacker introduced Tuesday (May 17) a new on-demand level of service to its personalized radio service, giving subscribers unlimited access to a catalog of roughly eight million tracks. Subscribers will have the ability to play entire albums, cach ...

  44. Business Matters: What the Economist's Analysis of the Warner Acquisition Missed

    May 16, 2011 5:26 PM EDT Three Things Missing from The Economist's Take on Warner Acquisition --While it's great that The Economist would chime in on Access Industries' acquisition of Warner Music Group, the article doesn't actually say anything of sub ...

  45. Google Aiming For Full Music Service With Internet Radio, Download Store, Sources Say

    May 11, 2011 6:16 PM EDT Google wants to build a full-service music service that includes a Pandora-like radio function as well as a download store and catalog syncing, sources tell Billboard.biz. Such a product would be far more compelling than the basic, unlicensed musi ...

  46. Pandora Adds Huge Archive of Comedy Clips

    May 04, 2011 11:19 AM EDT Pandora has added comedy tracks to its personalized Internet radio service. The company's comedy content currently includes 10,000 "sketches" from over 700 comedians, Pandora explained in a blog post. Pandora says it has a team of w ...

  47. Pandora Achieves 10 Billionth Thumb

    May 02, 2011 8:18 PM EDT Pandora logged its 10 billionth thumb on April 24, founder Tim Westergren announced at the company's blog . That thumb (Pandora's version of the like button on Facebook) went to the Jason Derulo song "Ridin' Solo." Westerg ...

  48. BMW to Include Pandora in All Models

    April 28, 2011 4:56 PM EDT After starting out by integrating Pandora into its Mini line, BMW said in a statement Thursday (April 28) that it will add the customized Internet radio service to all 2011 and 2012 models - although those models must have the BMW APPs option inst ...

  49. MOG to Add Free Tier to Subscription Service

    April 26, 2011 6:51 PM EDT Music subscription service MOG plans to get into the freemium business, CEO David Hyman said Tuesday during a panel at the Rethink Music conference in Boston. Writing at Evolver.fm , Eliot Van Buskirk explained that MOG will be "revamped" ...

  50. Rethink Music Panel Explores the Cloud: How to Make People Aware, Let Alone Make Money?

    April 26, 2011 4:00 PM EDT The Cloud music panel at Rethink Music conference, L-R: Jon Vanhala, Sami Valkonen, Brad Navin, David Hyman, Jon Potter, Don Gorder (Photo: Phil Farnsworth) The recent introduction of Amazon's Cloud Player -- and similar offerings from Google ...

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