Bob Maccini

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Android Auto now works without wires if you have the right hardware

Android Auto — Google’s system for powering your car’s dash display from your phone, and the company’s answer to Apple’s CarPlay — is going wireless. You can leave your phone in your bag, and it’ll still be able to push your apps and content to your in-dash screen.<p>Alas, there’s a catch: To get it …

Android Auto

Spotify might be working on an in-car music player

Rumors have been circulating that Spotify is working on some sort of hardware, possibly an in-car controller or a standalone player. As <i>The Verge</i> reports, a number of Reddit users have claimed to have received offers for the device, with plan price points ranging from $12.99 to $14.99 per month, but …

Spotify

How Spotify's unusual first day of trading will play out

Investors in Spotify Technology could be in for a turbulent Tuesday as the company uses an unorthodox maneuver to go public on the New York Stock Exchange, without many of the protections built into a standard initial public offering.<p>The music-streaming company has warned the process, called a …

Markets

Pandora goes full Spotify with personalized playlists

Spotify began building custom-curated playlists back in 2015 and now Pandora is offering a similar option for its listeners. With that Pandora calls "personalized soundtracks," the company will put its Music Genome to work creating a library of playlists based on your listening habits. "The …

Playlist

Spotify’s IPO is to be avoided at all costs

Despite the growth of digital music, there are limited opportunities to invest in the market. Pandora, the pioneering online radio firm, has been the only pure-play public streaming company but its troubles have made it mostly a money-losing stock for four years.<p>Investors will soon have another …

Investing

HP's rewarded Pandora campaign garners 3.98% engagement rate

To drive sales of HP notebooks, users could unlock an hourlong, uninterrupted listening session by drawing an image in the Pandora app.

112% YOY Podcast Listening Increase Among Top Publishers.

The appetite for podcasts continues to grow, with the number of downloads and streams for the top 10 publishers in January 2018 up by a mammoth 112% …

A four-sentence HomePod review (with appendices)

Apple’s HomePod is easily the best sounding mainstream smart speaker ever. It’s got better separation and bass response than anything else in its size and boasts a nuance and subtlety of sound that pays off the 7 years Apple has been working on it.<p>As a smart speaker, it offers best-in-class voice …

Audiophile

Spotify and Tencent agree to swap stakes in their music businesses

Tencent’s overseas investment splurge continues after the company confirmed a deal with Spotify that will see the duo make investments in each other’s music businesses.<p>Tencent Music Entertainment (TME), the Chinese firm’s subsidiary that manages its music streaming and karaoke services, will make …

Tencent

Apple is buying Shazam

It's official: Your go-to method for finding out what song is playing in your Lyft is changing hands, with Apple confirming today that will acquire …

Spotify is reportedly abandoning its original video push

Spotify in mid-2015 expanded its reach with the introduction of podcasts and video. While the former seemed like a logical fit, some questioned …

Hulu to spend $2.5 billion on content in 2017, add 7 more original series

Hulu is spending around $2.5 billion on content this year, according to a report from Variety, citing remarks made by Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins at an event this week at the Paley Center for Media in New York. The streaming service, which has now earned its first Emmy nods with over a dozen nominations …

Sling TV

Tencent tried to buy Spotify earlier this year

Spotify has long been linked with going public in the U.S. — it is speculated to be preparing for an IPO-less listing next year — but it has emerged that the company rebuffed the opportunity to sell to a major tech name earlier this year: Tencent, the Chinese internet giant valued at $380 …

Music Industry

Slacker Radio is acquired by LiveXLive Media for $50M

Slacker Radio, one of the longest-running streaming music services in the US, is being acquired by the live music network LiveXLive Media in a deal worth $50 million in cash and stock, the companies announced Friday.<p>Slacker Radio was founded in 2006 and offered a twist on streaming music by …

App Store

Reminding Ourselves Why Spotify Needs To IPO Quickly

Reports out this morning repeat prior reporting that Spotify may go public this year or the next through a “direct listing.” It’s a mechanism that …

CES for Radio Podcast: The Future of In-Car Audio

2017: Episode 10<p>CES for Radio by Seth Resler The Future of In-Car Audio<p>00:00:00<p>00:00:00<p>Rammy Bahalul of VocalZoom and Rich Desclafani of CRUX …

Roger Lynch Joins Pandora As President

Pandora today announced that Roger Lynch will join the company as CEO and president, and a member of its board of directors, effective September 18, …

Pandora sort of bounces back after months of chaos

Pandora is probably breathing a small sigh of relief after months of chaos have still ended with a positive second quarter, sending the shares up more than 7 percent in extended trading.<p>Pandora has certainly had an interesting second quarter, capping off the drama with CEO Tim Westergren stepping …

Pandora

Spotify preps to go public with 60M subscribers, outpacing Apple

Spotify’s singular focus on music sees it adding subscribers faster than the iPhone company with a streaming app on the side. Spotify has added 20 million paid subscribers in less than a year, while it’s taken Apple Music more than a year and a half to make that progress. Spotify now has 60 million …

Apple Music

Infographic: Music Streaming Accounts for 65% of U.S. Music Revenues

Thanks to strong growth in music streaming subscriptions, recorded music revenues in the United States grew from $7.5 billion in 2016 to $8.7 billion …

SoundCloud, the ‘YouTube for audio’, cuts 173 jobs, closes San Francisco, London offices

Some rough news today for SoundCloud, the audio streaming site whose content is largely based around uploads from its 175 million users in 190 countries. The company has announced that it is laying off 173 employees, and it is closing offices in San Francisco and London. The moves are being …

San Francisco

Apple Music’s first new personalized playlist wants you to Chill

This week Apple is beginning to roll out the first new personalized playlist under Apple Music’s “For You” section. The playlist, entitled “Chill,” is muxed based on editorial curation and algorithmic interpretation of your musical tastes.<p>A small number of test users got the new playlist yesterday …

Apple Music

Podcast Revenue Will Jump 85% This Year to Hit $220 Million

Next time your friend jokes about starting a podcast, make sure your friend follows through.<p>According to a new report from the IAB in partnership …

Advertising Industry

Podcast Ad Revenues Projected To Hit More Than $220M

Podcast advertising revenues in the U.S. are projected to reach more than $220 million in 2017 -- an increase of 85% over the $119 million logged in …

IAB

Pandora has gained 5 million users in the past 3 years, while Spotify has gained 100 million

Pandora is down a CEO, and it's not hard to understand why the company's board and investors might have been itching for a change.<p>To put it simply: Pandora hasn't been doing great, particularly compared with the competition. Though the company helped pioneer and popularize streaming music, it's …

Spotify’s New Licensing Deal Eases Path to Going Public

After two years of on-and-off negotiations, Spotify and the world’s biggest record company have finally agreed to a licensing deal that paves the way for Spotify to go public and gives the music industry more flexibility in how new albums are streamed.<p>Spotify’s agreement with the record company, …

Spotify trades free-tier album delays for smaller royalties

Spotify has long refused to restrict new releases from its ad-supported non-paying listeners because it would make the streaming app confusing. It wanted all music available to everyone, always. But as it preps to IPO, it needs to negotiate better royalty rates with the major labels, and allowing …

Universal Music

Apple Music on Android catches up with iOS

Apple’s subscription streaming service, Apple Music, rolled out a major (ver. 2.0) release to Android users today, introducing a new design that largely brings the app to parity with its iOS counterpart. The update includes a visual makeover, which organizes content into a few main sections – …

Apple Music

Spotify finally lets artists restrict new albums to premium subscribers

Plus Kanye West is the first artist to have an album go Platinum on streams alone.<p>Two years after reports that Spotify <i>might</i> let labels limit new …