• Pandora Goes Mobile

    At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Pandora has just announced their new mobile client for Sprint phones. TechCrunch has more details on the announcement. The client will let Sprint customers stream their Pandora radio stations to their phones. For the next 30 days the client will be free by going to on your mobile phone. After that, you will need a Pandora premium… Read More

  • The Futurist: The Future of Pandora is Mobile

    Thanks to the Copyright Royalty Board, beginning in mid-July, all Internet radio stations will see substantially higher royalty fees. Fees so high, that it isn’t difficult to imagine vast swaths of the musical Internet becoming dead air overnight. Most frightening of all is the prospect of losing Pandora — one of the truly great things to come from the entire Interweb. I had… Read More

  • International Pandora Listeners Getting The Shaft

    For those of you unfamiliar with Pandora, it’s pretty much the best Internet radio service out there next to iTunes. It helps you find artists similar to those you currently listen to and it does a pretty darn-good job of doing it. But there is bad news for those of you who use Pandora and don’t live in the United States. As of today, you’re now banned from listening to… Read More

  • Pandora To Shut Out Non-U.S. Users Thursday Evening

    If you live outside of the U.S. and enjoy listening to customized radio stations on Pandora, brace yourself for some bad news. The site will be shutting you out starting Thursday evening. Registered users who access the service from outside the U.S. received a warning email yesterday letting them know that this will be happening. Pandora operates under Section 114 of the DMCA, which gives them… Read More

  • The Nitty Gritty On the Slacker Music Service

    Wired recently sat down with Broadband Instruments to talk about its new Slacker music service. In a nutshell, it sounds like a music-lover’s dream. Slacker is comprised of both a service and hardware device. The service will use either WiFi or satellite bandwidth to serve up music channels to owners of the Slacker player. Tons of music, lots to choose from, all that great stuff… Read More

  • New Music Service Slacker Has (very) Broad Ambitions

    The founding team of new music service Slacker, which launched this morning, includes three former music startup CEOs (Dennis Mudd, Musicmatch, acquired by Yahoo), Jim Cady (Rio) and Jonathan Sasse (iRiver). And they’re going to need these guys and their connections, because Slacker isn’t just some new music service. They have broad reaching goals that bring them face to face… Read More

  • Social Music Overview

    Keeping with the theme of Mike’s Online Photo Editing Overview, I wanted to cover some of the entrants into social music. Music was probably the first type of rich media to really go “Web 2.0” and it’s become a pretty popular place for startups. As a result, there are some great Rich Internet Applications built around social music. Anyone who makes music a part of… Read More

  • 2007: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without

    A year ago I wrote a post called “Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn’t Live Without” and listed thirteen startups whose products made a real impact in my life. Those were the products that I loved, and used every day. I enjoyed sorting through the hundreds of startups that we had written about, and picking just a handful that made a real impact on my life. It was so much fun… Read More

  • Pandora Goes Social

    Pandora, which plays streaming music for free via a flash player on its site, is one of the first companies we profiled on TechCrunch, back in August 2005 during the original Bar Camp meetup. I still listen to it most of the time I’m writing blog entries. Pandora continues to rack up new users (the current count is 4.5 million regular users, up from 1.8 million in May) and Pandora is… Read More

  • News Bits: Skype, Pandora and Meebo

    There are a few product updates going out tonight or tomorrow morning involving Meebo, Pandora and Skype that are worth mentioning. Skype Adds Skypecasts Skype is releasing version 2.5 beta of its client software on Wednesday. There are some cool new features: the ability to send and SMS to any worldwide cell phone, improved conference calling (you see who’s talking), and other small… Read More

  • Update on Pandora/ Mashup

    For those of you who are fans of Pandora, or both, you’ll like this mashup by Gabe Kangas. I wrote about it last month, when it was a bit of a hack. Now, Pandora is fully supporting the effort and has even given Gabe access to the Pandora API to create a more stable application. The mashup is basically the Pandora player, and listeners have the ability to add music played by… Read More

  • Pandora and Together…sort of

    People who love music seems to either be Pandora folks or folks, and the two groups often disagree (see, for example, the comments to this post). Quite frankly, the two services each do different things very well, although there is some overlap. Pandora is great for discovering new music based on what you like. is also good at music discovery, but you can’t stream… Read More

  • Pandora Releases Sharing Features

    Pandora, which has lately been the subject of intense comparisons to competitor, will release a number of new features aimed at sharing tonight. Many of the features are being added to a user’s “favorites” page (a bookmark list of songs you’ve heard that you like). An example of a favorites page is here. Users now have the ability to listen to a thirty second… Read More

  • Pandora v.

    Fred Wilson has a good post today comparing the and Pandora music services. He’s strongly in favor of I use and have written about both services. Each allows you to find new music that you are likely to enjoy. does this through analysis of what you listen to and like (and what others listen to and like). Pandora encodes different aspects of music and determines… Read More

  • Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without

    There have been numerous 2005 “best of” and 2006 “predictions” posts over the last few weeks as the year comes to an end. I’m not going to write one of those. Giving out “best of” awards seems presumptuous to me, given that I’ve been blogging all of six months. And while predictions are fun, they aren’t all that useful in the end. What I… Read More

  • Pandora is Now Free

    Pandora, the great music disovery service and player, is now offering a free version of its service. Pandora has hired 30 musicians who have spent years analyzing 400 attributes of songs, like melody, rhythm and vocals. They’ve analyzed over 10,000 artists and 300,000 songs to date. Users pick a band or song to get started, and create a “channel” based on that type of music… Read More

  • Profile –

    Location: London
    Launched: 2002, redesigned in 2005 With applications like Pandora (profile) getting some attention from the blogosphere, it’s time to shed some light on another music-related project that’s been around for some time now and that I’m quite fond of – Last FM (now merged with the Audioscrobbler project) allows you to generate… Read More

  • Pandora is Launching, Right Now

    Pandora just stopped playing music. I went to their site and saw this message: We apologize for the inconvenience… After a successful preview period, Pandora will be open to the public starting very soon. We’re updating our systems to support the full public version. Please check back tomorrow… and enjoy the music! By the time I wake up tomorrow I expect Pandora will be… Read More

  • Pandora to launch next week

    Pandora‘s founder, Tim Westergren, sent an email out to all beta testers announcing that Pandora will go live next week, and extending the free trial period for beta testers to September 28. Pandora has had an overwhelmingly positive blogger response to their beta. I assume the general launch will be well received as well. Our previous profile on Pandora on August 20, 2005 is here. The… Read More

  • Dig into the Music Long Tail – Pandora

    Company: Pandora (formerly Savage Beast Technologies)
    Launched: July 21 (private alpha)
    Public Beta: Within two weeks
    Employees: 50 (including 30 musicians)
    Location: Oakland, CA Overview: Do you love music? Are you the kind of person who’s pissed off because your iPod only holds 60 gigs? If you are, stop reading this, click over to Pandora and request an invitation to their private… Read More

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