Pandora

  • Pandora may finally launch on-demand streaming

    Pandora may finally launch on-demand streaming

    After years of resistance, it looks like Pandora is about ready to jump on the on-demand streaming wagon. According to a report from the WSJ, Pandora is in the process of signing deals with record companies in order to launch a $10/month on-demand streaming tier, giving users unlimited access to any song on the platform. Pandora also plans to tweak it’s existing $5/month Pandora One… Read More

  • Pandora will now recommend nearby concerts, thanks to Ticketfly

    Pandora will now recommend nearby concerts, thanks to Ticketfly

    Spotify late last year turned its recommendation engine to concerts, suggesting nearby shows based on the listening habits of its users. Today, Pandora announced a similar move, aided by Ticketfly, which Pandora acquired last year. Now, the two are working together to bring personalized concert suggestions to Pandora users, also based on listening behavior. When an artist creates an event… Read More

  • Pandora struggles to find new footing as music streaming becomes commoditized

    Pandora struggles to find new footing as music streaming becomes commoditized

    Pandora, in a story we’ve seen before with many other maturing companies, is facing an existential crisis. The company now finds itself fighting for its life against competition from the core platforms its service exists on: Android and iOS. Both of them — and Amazon as well — have launched their own music-streaming products, and they’re baked into the core experience. Read More

  • Pandora shares drop after it rejects $3.5B buyout from SiriusXM

    Pandora shares drop after it rejects $3.5B buyout from SiriusXM

    Wall Street quieted Pandora today following mediocre earnings and news that Pandora’s board rejected a $3.4 billion acquisition offer at about $15 per share from SiriusXM radio owner Liberty Media, according to The Wall Street Journal. That would have been a few dollars higher than its existing price, signaling high hopes for the company from leadership despite this quarter’s… Read More

  • Amazon Echo users can finally choose Spotify or Pandora as default music service

    Amazon Echo users can finally choose Spotify or Pandora as default music service

    I love my Amazon Echo. And alongside checking the weather, I mostly use the voice-powered smart speaker to play music. That said, I’m not much of an Amazon Prime music user. I don’t know anyone who really is. And still, the device has defaulted to Amazon Prime Music with every single request, forcing broad requests like “Play the Beatles” or super specific requests for… Read More

  • How consolidations will play out in the transportation, food and entertainment industries Crunch Network

    How consolidations will play out in the transportation, food and entertainment industries

    There has been no shortage of thoughtful articles exploring a bubble in technology. I would argue that the world has already been transformed, and there is no bubble in the purest sense. Instead of massive flameouts that leave everyone burned, I think we are going to see a wave of beneficial consolidation and rationalization in industries that appropriately have seen exceptional venture… Read More

  • Pandora up 6% on strong earnings but Rdio and Ticketfly buys don’t pay much yet

    Pandora up 6% on strong earnings but Rdio and Ticketfly buys don’t pay much yet

    Pandora continues to flail as Internet radio becomes just a feature baked into competitors like Spotify and Apple Music, but at least it had strong Q1 2016 earnings today. Pandora pulled in $297.3 million revenue and had $-0.20 Non-GAAP EPS, compared to estimates of $-0.32 Non-GAAP EPS. [Correction: $-0.51 EPS is GAAP, meaning results were a beat, not mixed.] That revenue came from ads… Read More

  • Revisiting Brian Eno’s ‘The Studio as a Compositional Tool’ Crunch Network

    Revisiting Brian Eno’s ‘The Studio as a Compositional Tool’

    In 1979, Brian Eno gave a lecture at the inaugural New Music America Festival in New York on a very Brian Eno-ish topic. Titled “The Recording Studio as a Compositional Tool,” it is most definitely worth a listen or a read. In the lecture, Eno discusses the ever-evolving relationship music has with technology, beginning with the invention of audio recording. Read More

  • Ticketfly builds concert app from the ashes of its WillCall acquisition

    Ticketfly builds concert app from the ashes of its WillCall acquisition

    WillCall had great design and community, but didn’t have tickets to the best concerts. Ticketfly had deep relationships with music venues, but no one was using it to discover shows. Today, Ticketfly’s acquisition of WillCall comes full circle. The parent company is using what it learned about style and recommendations to launch its own native iOS concert discovery app. Read More

  • 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

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week two major tech companies went public, Pandora acquired Rdio and Lyft financials leaked. The Cribs crew visited the visually stunning Minted HQ, and we discussed the rentpocalypse with the CEO of Zumper on Bullish. These are our biggest stories of the week. Read More

  • Pandora to Broadcast Second Season of Popular Podcast “Serial”

    Pandora to Broadcast Second Season of Popular Podcast “Serial”

    Pandora, the publicly traded streaming music company, is wading into podcasts. Earlier today, founder Tim Westergren announced the service will be the “exclusive streaming partner” for the second season of “Serial,” the popular weekly podcast from the creators of public radio’s “This American Life.” The show follows the real-life investigation… Read More

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