Last week, Spotify turned five years old, and to celebrate, the company released a batch of impressive data. But buried within the fun facts is a tidbit that's just as depressing as it is surprising: 20-percent of Spotify tracks have never been streamed.
Remember a few months ago when Pandora announced that it would impose a 40-hour listening cap on mobile users who don't pay for a subscription? Well, it's going away September 1st—just days before Apple's iTunes Radio is expected to go live. Coincidence?
In the future, streaming radio stations will be so sophisticated that they'll know based on all sorts of factors exactly what it is you want to listen to. We're not quite there yet, but Rdio—our favorite streaming radio service—has a new personalized radio feature, which takes a bold step in that direction.
iHeartRadio is the free streaming audio service of choice primarily for people who love terrestrial radio, and want to be able to get these stations over the web. (Yes! Millions of these crazy people exist.) But until now, the service has lacked one of the the core components of the airwaves: babbling voices. No more!
AllThingsD reports that Apple has signed Sony Music on for iRadio, the long-rumored, ad-supported music service Apple has supposedly been working on for eons.
Turning an online music service into a powerful automated DJ isn't easy. You can give an algorithm millions of songs and millions of data points, but it's still not going to have any style. So of all your options—including Google's new All Access—what's the streaming radio most worth your time? We found out.
Sirius XM just released their Android application and you can download it at siriusxm.com/android. You won't be able to listen to Howard Stern through this app because of a licensing rights issue, but you can listen to other Sirius stations while playing games and surfing the web. Ooh, multitasking.
MTV doesn't play music videos. Magazines are dying. Radio is all about the $$$. It's no secret the old modes of music discovery have been thrown out the window. Thankfully, new music-finders are here:
Ever since we heard about the Slacker Portable we were a little excited, but the object of our portable streaming radio affection has just come up for its first review seating. According to the fine fellows at Wired, it is slacking its way into their hearts as we write this very article.