Google Play Music gets more personalized with New Release Radio, customized to your tastes

 It’s no longer enough to simply offer on-demand music as part of the value proposition for music streaming services – you have to enable discovery of new tunes and make recommendations, too. While it’s fair to say that Spotify is leading the market in terms of its influential playlist selections, rivals are quickly following suit – including Apple Music and Google… Read More

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The ‘Beat Shazam’ TV show allows viewers to play along at home

Beat Shazam, hosted by Jamie Foxx Beat Shazam is one of those TV game shows that you don’t just watch — you can play along at home, using the Shazam app. In fact, the company recently added the ability to sync your gameplay to recorded footage of the show.
Let’s back up a second, for people who haven’t watched: Beat Shazam is hosted by Jamie Foxx and premiered on May 25, on Fox. During each episode… Read More

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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 described as cost cutting measures “to ensure our path to long-term, independent success,”… Read More

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Pandora CEO Tim Westergren is officially out amid company shakeup

 Following rumblings of a shakeup over the weekend, Pandora confirmed today that co-founder Tim Westergren is stepping down from his role as CEO. Naveen Chopra, who stepped in as the company’s CFO back in February will be filling in the top spot as interim CEO while the board of directors looks for a permanent replacement.
Westergren was one of three founders of the music streaming service. Read More

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Sean Parker has left Spotify’s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO

 As Spotify inches its way to a public listing, the streaming music company — which now has 140 million users — has made some significant changes to its board of directors. Sean Parker, the early supporter and investor who once founded digital music service Napster and helped usher Facebook into the world, has left Spotify’s board of directors, along with Klaus Hommels,… Read More

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Pandora raises $480M from SiriusXM, sells Ticketfly to Eventbrite for $200M

 Troubled streaming music service Pandora has finally found a white knight of sorts to boost it with a cash injection as it looks to improve its business: SiriusXM has just announced that it will be investing $480 million in cash into publicly-traded Pandora, which will give the satellite radio company around 16 percent ownership of Pandora on an as-converted basis. Along with this, Pandora… Read More

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