Pandora

  • Pandora and the Final, Crucial Internet Radio Frontier: The Car (TCTV)

    Pandora and the Final, Crucial Internet Radio Frontier: The Car (TCTV)

    At CES this week, Pandora made two announcements that get its popular Internet radio service into cars, one for Toyota and one for BMW. But while exciting, the reality is these are still hacks that use your smart phone to solve the big car Internet radio problem: Connectivity. It’s a big problem but a crucial one for Pandora to solve if it wants to realize its mission of being wherever… Read More

  • The Pandora-Elevation Deal that Never Closed and a Mid-2011 IPO?

    The Pandora-Elevation Deal that Never Closed and a Mid-2011 IPO?

    Back in August we reported that Elevation Partners had signed a letter of intent to buy secondary shares in Pandora, the long-suffering, now-hot online radio station. I wondered what ever happened to that deal, so I started digging. As it turned out, shares were sold but Elevation didn’t get them. Here’s what we’ve been able to piece together, from several sources on… Read More

  • Social Networking: The Future

    Social Networking: The Future

    Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part guest post by venture capitalist Mark Suster of GRP Partners on “Social Networking: The Past, Present, And Future.” Read Part I and Part II first. In my first post I talked about the history of social networking from 1985-2002 dominated by CompuServe, AOL & Yahoo! In the second post I explored the current era which… Read More

  • Less Spotify, more Pandora – We7 shifts focus to more economical 'Internet Radio Plus'

    Less Spotify, more Pandora – We7 shifts focus to more economical 'Internet Radio Plus'

    Navigating the choppy waters of ad-supported music, We7 hasn’t been afraid to change course. The UK startup began life as an innovative free music download service before transitioning to an on-demand browser-based offering. While most recently the company, which is backed by Peter Gabriel, Eden Venture and Spark Ventures, made a premium paid-for play with a desktop and mobile… Read More

  • Less Spotify, More Pandora – We7 Shifts Focus To More Economical ‘Internet Radio Plus’

    Navigating the choppy waters of ad-supported music, We7 hasn’t been afraid to change course. The UK startup began life as an innovative free music download service before transitioning to an on-demand browser-based offering. While most recently the company, which is backed by Peter Gabriel, Eden Venture and Spark Ventures, made a premium paid-for play with a desktop and mobile… Read More

  • Thumbplay Rocks 500,000 Downloads For Paid Music Apps Across iPhone, Android, And Blackberry

    Thumbplay Rocks 500,000 Downloads For Paid Music Apps Across iPhone, Android, And Blackberry

    Who says nobody will consider paying for streaming music? Thumbplay Music, which offers unlimited music streaming apps for a monthly subscription across iPhone (iTunes link), Android, and Blackberry, reports that its smartphone apps have been downloaded 500,000 times since June. Thumbplay won’t say how many of those downloads turn into paying customers (you get a free trial before… Read More

  • If Opie & Anthony Leave Sirius XM Will You Leave Too?

    If Opie & Anthony Leave Sirius XM Will You Leave Too?

    So now that we’re very much approaching Opie & Anthony D-Day—Friday is the contract deadline, even though the contract actually expires on October 1—we need to ask ourselves: are we ready to drop Sirius XM if the boys don’t sign another contract? Read More

  • Pandora Launches On The TiVo Premiere DVR

    Pandora Launches On The TiVo Premiere DVR

    TiVo already has an impressive lineup of internet apps on their DVRs but the offering just got a little more musical thanks to Pandora. Nearly all of Pandora’s trademark features including access to the Music Genome Project is available in the app. Users can thumb up or down artists and create personalized radio stations on the fly. Existing Pandora users can sign into their accounts or… Read More

  • Pandora Handheld Sold Out, Back On Pre-Order

    Pandora Handheld Sold Out, Back On Pre-Order

    Remember the Pandora handheld gaming console? The one that runs Linux, is open source, and designed by committee? Well, they did finally get the first 1,000 pre-orders shipped, and they are expecting to send out another 3,000 before the holidays. Read More

  • Elevation's LPs Refuse Extension for New Deals, Fund Riding on Facebook and Yelp

    Elevation's LPs Refuse Extension for New Deals, Fund Riding on Facebook and Yelp

    The hits just keep on coming for Elevation Partners, the one-time digital media, private equity dream team that has reconfigured itself as an investor in late stage Web 2.0 treasures. Earlier this summer, Elevation requested an extension on investing its $1.9 billion fund, and TechCrunch has learned that that request was denied—a move that came as surprise to us and to Elevation, we… Read More

  • You Are On Pandora: Service Hits 60 Million Listeners, Adding Users Faster Than Ever

    You Are On Pandora: Service Hits 60 Million Listeners, Adding Users Faster Than Ever

    Yesterday at the New Music Seminar in New York, the streaming music recommendation service Pandora announced that they now have 60 million listeners registered. This is up from 50 million in April, and 40 million in December. Before that, it took them all over 2009 to double in size from 20 million to 40 million. In other words, the service is now adding users faster than ever. And that… Read More

  • Pandora Founder Tells Charlie Rose The iPhone "Almost Doubled" Growth "Overnight"

    With more than 50 million users and a recent infusion of cash, music streaming service Pandora is really hitting its stride. Founder Tim Westergren had his Charlie Rose moment last night, and one thing that really cam ethrough was how important the iPhone is to Pandora. “It is impossible to overstate” its impact, saays Westergren. When the iPhone app launched in 2008, it was… Read More

  • TC Teardown: Pandora – The Tough Business of Webcasting

    TC Teardown: Pandora – The Tough Business of Webcasting

    This is a guest post from Michael Robertson, a 12-year veteran of the digital music business. He is the founder and former CEO of digital music pioneer MP3.com. He is currently the CEO of music locker company MP3tunes. Until recently he was an adviser to Google Voice following the acquisition of Gizmo5. Pandora is the widely popular web radio service. Publicly they have said that they turned… Read More

  • Pandora Working In The Background On iPhone 4. Awesome. [Video]

    Pandora Working In The Background On iPhone 4. Awesome. [Video]

    By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about all the big features of both iPhone 4 and iOS 4 (the artist formerly known as iPhone OS 4, which we heard about previously). But something that Apple didn’t address too much today was a feature I’m most looking forward to: background tasks. I’m pretty sure that being able to run apps like Pandora in the background while I do… Read More

  • Its Mobile Usage Poised To Explode With iPhone 4.0 OS, Pandora Raises More Money

    Its Mobile Usage Poised To Explode With iPhone 4.0 OS, Pandora Raises More Money

    Remember when Pandora was on its deathbed? Yeah, those days are long gone. The service has just raised yet another round of funding, we’ve confirmed. The round was led GGV Capital and participated in by Allen & Company, They’re not disclosing the amount raised, but you can bet it’s fairly substantial considering that their last round in July of last year was $35 million. Read More

  • Pioneer bringing Pandora to the dashboard with new iPhone app

    Pioneer bringing Pandora to the dashboard with new iPhone app

    Pioneer is taking a big step in bridging the two landmasses of Internet radio and vehicle entertainment. By utilizing a free iPhone app, Pandora Link, the company is bringing Pandora to two of its latest systems, the Pioneer AVIC-Z120BT and AVIC-X920BT navigation systems. Simply run the app and connect the iPhone to head unit with the USB cable; the in-dash radio system will then displays all… Read More

  • Open source handheld Pandora's maker explains delays

    Open source handheld Pandora's maker explains delays

    Believe it or not, it’s actually quite hard to take an idea from concept to render to prototype to production. Sure, inside Microsoft you can do it in a couple hours (if they don’t assassinate the project), but what if you’re just a group of guys who want to put together a really awesome open-source handheld game console? We’ve had our eye on the Pandora for a long… Read More

  • Hands-on: The next-gen version of Ford's Sync flawlessly controls Pandora and other apps

    Hands-on: The next-gen version of Ford's Sync flawlessly controls Pandora and other apps

    Want a single valid reason to buy the 2011 Ford Fiesta besides the silky-smooth 6-speed transmition, roomy interior, and confident ride? Sync. It’s that awesome. The Microsoft co-developed system has been in Ford vehicles for a few years, but the Fiesta is the first car to receive the next-gen functions that bring the hands-free control to Android and BlackBerry apps. This was announced… Read More

  • Microsoft Taps Into Facebook's Open Graph To Launch Docs.com

    Microsoft Taps Into Facebook's Open Graph To Launch Docs.com

    If Google Docs is about sharing documents and spreadsheets, Microsoft is now fighting back by tapping into the biggest sharing network on the planet: Facebook. Today at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Microsoft is tapping into Facebook to create Docs.com. The app, which was created by Microsoft’s FUSE Labs, is a way for Facebook users to share… Read More

  • Allegro Portable Wireless Radio & Streamer lets you take internet radio away from the computer

    Allegro Portable Wireless Radio & Streamer lets you take internet radio away from the computer

    Grace Digital Audio announced their latest creation today, the Allegro Portable Wireless Radio & Streamer. The Allegro is portable unit, designed to allow you to take your internet radio choice with you when you step away from the computer. Read More