Tag - Pandora
Welcome to the inaugural article for a little series we're calling "Should You Subscribe," where the MacNN staff talks about our experiences with services that charge you some sort of regular fee for using them. Who is Amber taking aim at for the first article? Her newest, yet most-used subscription service: Pandora One.
It's Monday, so it's time for another episode of the MacNN Podcast! Charles is off and about this week, so hosts Mike Wuerthele and Jordan Anderson take to the microphones like it's 2010 again! Join us for a topic-filled 45 minutes, covering the Error 53 lawsuit filed last week, a possible start of filming for Apple unique programming, Apple executives on a (non-MacNN) podcast, and the normal off-topic meandering!
Pandora is looking to possibly put itself up for sale, and is working to enter discussions with potential buyers, as the service endures challenging trading conditions, according to a report. The music streaming service is supposedly working with Morgan Stanley to conduct acquisition talks with suitors, though apparently only at a preliminary level, and follows after the publication of a disappointing quarterly financial report involving a net loss of $19.4 million.
Owners of the 2015 and 2016 model year Hyundai Sonatas will be able to retroactively add CarPlay support early next year, but will have to pay for the privilege. The car company had previously promised that the CarPlay upgrade would be free, but now says owners will have to buy a special SD card in order to obtain the upgrade, according to the Detroit Free Press. The company's broken promise and change of direction could spark legal action, as the same vehicles can use Google's Android Auto without paying extra.
After the US stock market close today, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) made some minor modifications to the Internet radio royalty rates. The new rate, for subscription services like Pandora, is set at $0.0022 per stream, with increases or decreases for the next four years based on the consumer price index. The change is a tiny decrease from $0.0023 per stream, where a stream is defined as a single user playing a single track, in part or in whole. Non-subscription services, like streaming terrestrial radio stations are now set at $0.0017 per stream. The recording industry demanded a bit more, while the streaming services requested approximately half of the new rate.
Rdio is allowing its users to download an archive of their collection, ahead of the streaming music service's shutdown next week. Triggered by an acquisition by Pandora, Rdio is giving anyone who previously used the service the option of collecting a copy of their personal data, with a dedicated "farewell" page offering facts relating to Rdio's usage alongside the user data, with the closure set for December 22 at 8pm EST.
Pandora is attempting to make its service more personalized towards its users' tastes, with the launch of Thumbprint Radio. Described as a "hyper-personalized station for each listener," Thumbprint Radio is a streaming music station on both the iOS and Android versions of the app, based on songs the user has given a "thumbs up" on over the entire lifetime of the account, with it also making extra changes to the list every time the user thumbs another track they're listening to.
Pandora is acquiring aspects of a rival streaming music service for $75 million, as it attempts to improve its own audio offerings at the same time as lowering the number of players in the music streaming industry. As part of the deal, Pandora will take control of "several key assets" from Rdio, including technology and intellectual property, as well as absorbing some of the Rdio staff and Rdio filing for bankruptcy.
Pandora is paying the RIAA $90 million, to settle a lawsuit concerning the streaming of song recordings produced before 1972. At the same time as the settlement announcement, the streaming service's latest financial results report has been greeted poorly, with the stock price for Pandora dropping considerably in after-hours trading, after it suffered a third-quarter loss that may have been caused by the introduction of Apple Music, among other factors.
A new software update for older Ford vehicles from 2011 onwards with the second-generation Sync system installed has added support for Siri Eyes Free, Apple's control and command technology designed for automobile use. Once the version 3.8 software update has been installed (which typically takes about a half-hour), "Siri Eyes Free can be activated by pressing and holding the voice button for at least 3 seconds," the company says.