Pandora

  • Pandora raises its social media game with AMPcast, DIY audio messaging for artists

    Pandora raises its social media game with AMPcast, DIY audio messaging for artists

    While Spotify is acquiring startups expand its messaging and social features, Pandora is also raising its game in the artist-to-fan communications sphere for musicians to better target Pandora’s 80 million users. Today, the music streaming company is launching a service called AMPcast — a service to let musicians “speak to their fans” by way of audio messages… Read More

  • Pandora should revive Rdio as pay-for-what-you-want streaming

    Pandora should revive Rdio as pay-for-what-you-want streaming

    Music listeners are cheapskates. Few will pay Spotify or Apple $10 a month even to stream almost every song ever. Meanwhile, radio services like Pandora hardly scrape by on the meager ad rates after they pay out royalties. So if Pandora wants to resuscitate the battered corpse of Rdio it acquired for $75 million last year, it can’t just be another unlimited monthly subscription. The… Read More

  • Earnings Review: Groupon Spikes, Pandora Mixed and Twitter’s Flat User Growth

    It’s over! (Nearly.) This week was the last set of big earnings reports, barring a few happening early March — Square and Box, to be exact. It was a wild week, to be sure. Groupon (surprise!) beat expectations, sending the stock soaring. Pandora was reportedly in buyout talks, and had a mixed quarter, giving the company a bouncy ride during the day. And then there’s Twitter. Read More

  • Pandora Has Mixed Q4 Earnings With $336M Revenue And 3.8% Growth To 81.1M Listeners

    Pandora Has Mixed Q4 Earnings With $336M Revenue And 3.8% Growth To 81.1M Listeners

    Amid rumors that it’s trying to sell itself, Pandora missed on its Q4 2015 earnings report where it said it had 81.1 million listeners, up from 78.1 million in Q3 but down from 81.5 million a year ago. Pandora saw $336 million revenue and $0.04 earnings per share, compared to expectations of $332 million and $0.07 EPS. Q4 total listening hours hit 5.37 billion, up 4.5%… Read More

  • Pandora Revamps Its App To Better Compete With Spotify, Apple Music

    Pandora Revamps Its App To Better Compete With Spotify, Apple Music

    Pandora today rolled out a series of new features that, again, are aimed at making the streaming music service more competitive with the likes of Spotify and other competitors. As you may recall, the company recently introduced “thumbprint radio” – a way for the service to create a mix of user favorites and recommendations, which seemed a shot against Spotify’s… Read More

  • Nielsen: Music Streams Doubled In 2015, Digital Sales Continue To Fall

    Nielsen: Music Streams Doubled In 2015, Digital Sales Continue To Fall

    2015 was a good year for streaming services, according to Nielsen’s year-end Music report out now. In 2015, on-demand streaming services grew to 317 billion streams – that’s a doubling from 2014, which saw 164.5 billion songs streamed, Nielsen report states. Also interesting is how the shift to streaming is impacting album sales. Though album sales were still down by 6… Read More

  • Why Pandora Shares Are Going Crazy

    Why Pandora Shares Are Going Crazy

    Music listening service Pandora saw a dramatic dip and then a dramatic 22% spike in after-hours trading Wednesday, as investors were reading the tea leaves and then learned of the royalty rate decision. Investors had been waiting all year for the Copyright Royalty Board’s decision, which determines how much Pandora and other digital radio services, including iHeartRadio, will be… Read More

  • Pandora Unveils “Thumbprint Radio” For People Who Like Variety

    Pandora Unveils “Thumbprint Radio” For People Who Like Variety

    Music listening service Pandora says its algorithm just got smarter with “Thumbprint Radio.” Users who have liked music across multiple genres will find their unique mix on a new custom station. Calling it a “hyper-personalized” station, Pandora says this service moves beyond previously “thumbed up” songs and suggests other music that should also be of interest. Read More

  • Spotify Claims Streaming Music Throne Worldwide, But Pandora Is Still Top Service In U.S.

    Spotify Claims Streaming Music Throne Worldwide, But Pandora Is Still Top Service In U.S.

    Spotify is the world’s top streaming music service in terms of active users, downloads and revenue, according to a new music-focused report out this morning from App Annie. However, while Spotify bested last year’s top streaming music app Pandora Radio from a global standpoint, Pandora is still strong in the U.S. where it remains the number one streaming service by active users… Read More