Pandora says listening has increased 9% since iTunes Radio debut

By Cody Lee on Nov 5, 2013

Since Apple launched iTunes Radio back in September, industry watchers have kept a close eye on competing streaming music services. After all, the Cupertino company has the resources and user base to put a huge dent in the business.

But apparently the opposite has happened for Pandora. The company’s CFO Michael Herring spoke yesterday at a Morgan Stanley conference in San Francisco, and he says listening has increased 9% since iTunes Radio made its debut…

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Netflix begins testing 4K videos, plans to launch in 2014

By Cody Lee on Nov 4, 2013

During a recent quarterly earnings call, Netflix’s Reed Hastings spoke about his ambitious plans for the company’s future. The CEO hopes the streaming service will be “one of the big suppliers” of 4K (or Ultra HD) video by next year.

And this weekend it began testing the waters. GigaOM noticed that Netflix recently added a handful of 4K HD videos to its catalog. It’s mostly test footage—people riding bicycles, etc.—but it gives you a good idea of what to expect… Read More


Apple to live stream today’s iPad event

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2013

It looks like Apple will provide a live stream of today’s iPad event after all as Apple TV owners report that the Apple Events channel has been updated on their $99 set-top box to reflect Apple’s invitation graphics.

“Watch the special event held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, CA,” the event listing reads.

Additionally, the company will be live-streaming the show to iOS devices and Macs through the new October 2013 event section on its Apple Events web pageRead More


Bloomberg: iTunes Radio heading to UK, Canada and more in early 2014

By Cody Lee on Oct 7, 2013

Bloomberg is reporting this evening that it has learned Apple is working to rollout iTunes Radio to the UK, Canada and other countries by early 2014. The music service, which launched last month, is currently only available in the US.

Citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter, the outlet says that Apple has acquired the necessary licenses from labels to take its service international next year—likely beating Pandora and other competitors to several countries… Read More


Amazon said to be launching Apple TV competitor before the holidays

By Cody Lee on Oct 4, 2013

Amazon is readying an Apple TV competitor, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The set-top box will offer access to the company’s Instant Video and other streaming services.

Reportedly codenamed “Cinnamon,” the device is said to be very similar in design and functionality to a Roku box. And Amazon is believed to be looking to launch it sometime before the holidays… Read More


Rdio takes on Spotify and others with free mobile radio

By Cody Lee on Oct 3, 2013

Last summer, Spotify updated its mobile apps with a free Pandora-like radio service, and it has since seen its subscriber base grow by more than a third. Today, Rdio is betting on the same horse with its own mobile radio feature.

Rdio’s radio service—which it calls ‘Stations’—will be available via its mobile apps. Like Pandora or iTunes Radio, users won’t be able to choose a specific song or artist. But they will be able to listen to music based on their tastes… Read More


Sony introduces the PS Vita TV, an Apple TV competitor that plays games

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2013

It appears that the PlayStation 4 isn’t the only new gaming hardware we’ll be seeing from Sony this year. The Tokyo-based company has just announced PlayStation Vita TV, a 6 x 10 cm console and set-top box that can connect to your TV.

The device is based on PS Vita hardware, and besides playing Vita, PSP and PS1 games, it also offers access to a range of entertainment services and PS4-specific features. And, priced at $100, it’s aimed squarely at Apple’s set-top boxRead More


Microsoft’s Xbox Music app now available in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2013

Music fans can now add another streaming music service to their list of options on iOS. Microsoft quietly released an official app for its Xbox Music platform this weekend, which allows users to stream music to their iPhone or iPod.

The app features ad-free streaming from Microsoft’s stout catalog of over 10 million songs, with the ability to create custom stations and playlists. And of course, you can then sync those playlists with other Xbox Music-capable devices… Read More


Spotify app updated with new way to browse music

By Cody Lee on Sep 3, 2013

Following a big announcement of its new AirPlay-like Connect feature, Spotify has rolled out an update for its iOS client. The update brings the app to version 0.7.4, and includes a handful of new features and improvements.

Easily the biggest change Spotify users will notice in the new app is the completely revamped Browse tab. Thanks to the simplified UI, you can now find your favorite artists and albums, or discover new ones with a few taps… Read More


Spotify Connect unveiled: AirPlay-like streaming, but without overhead

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 3, 2013

The popular Swedish streaming music service Spotify on Tuesday announced a compelling new feature for audiophiles which takes the best ideas from Apple’s media streaming technology called AirPlay, and then some more. Called Spotify Connect, the service is being billed as “the new way to play at home”.

It’s a lot like AirPlay, but with the key difference: there’s no overhead as the feature streams songs straight from Spotify’s server to supported wireless speakers. I’ve included more information and a nice promo clip after the break… Read More


Rumor: Disney working on Star Wars streaming channel for Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2013

Yesterday, Apple gave would-be shoppers another reason to consider its $99 Apple TV set-top box by adding five new channels from the likes of Vevo, Weather Channel, Disney and Smithsonian. Piggy-backing on the development, a sketchy report by a Star Wars fan website is out saying Disney has been working with Apple on a dedicated Star Wars-themed Apple TV channel.

It should be unleashed time for the holiday season and permit users to stream the final episodes of the animated Clone Wars television series. More on that after the break… Read More


The iTunes Radio effect: Pandora will no longer cap free mobile listening

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2013

Pandora’s 40-hour limit on mobile listening went into effect in February, quickly becoming the most hated “feature” of the otherwise stellar streaming music service. The firm argued it felt compelled to introduce the capping due to rising royalty costs, even if the 40-hour limit affected only four percent of its avid listeners. Backflipping now, Pandora said Thursday it will be removing the 40-hour free listening on mobile devices real soon.

The good news conveniently coincides with Apple’s impending launch of its ad-free iTunes Radio, a streaming music service set to arrive next month as part of the iOS 7 release… Read More


Netflix gains My List feature

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2013

Netflix today announced a new feature to make saving your favorite movies and televisions shows easier than ever. Aptly named My List, it lets you add any movie or TV show title to your own row or gallery on Netflix. You can easily rearrange the list, add or remove titles, with Netflix automatically sorting your entries.

It’s based on the existing Instant Queue feature which however lacks automated sorting and its own Netflix row.

My List is a staggered roll-out that’s launching worldwide in the next two weeks across multiple platforms, including iOS… Read More


Radical.FM launches donation-based streaming music app

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2013

Streaming music service Radical.FM launched a new iOS app today, which gives users access to its library of over 20 million songs. And believe it or not, there’s no subscription fee and no advertising. Instead, the company asks that its users “pay what you can” for the service… Read More


TiVo launches new Roamio DVR devices with out-of-home iOS streaming

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2013

Tuesday, set-top box maker TiVo announced a lineup of digital video recorder (DVR) devices with support for out-of-home streaming to Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The Roamio-branded gear comes packed to the gills with a range of popular streaming options, including Netflix.

TiVo praises Roamio’s brand new web-based app experience and the integrated DIAL protocol for easy control of apps and streaming content from mobile devices. The built-in TiVo Stream lets you connect to your Roamio over Wi-Fi and stream recordings and cable channels to a limited number of devices. The out-of-home streaming for the iPhone and iPad is “coming very soon,” TiVo said… Read More


Roku says its set-top box is more popular for streaming than Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2013

A month ago, Frost & Sullivan Consumer Video Devices Market report singled out Apple’s $99 Apple TV as the most-used set-top box in terms of content streaming. Specifically, the Apple TV claimed the commanding 56 percent share of streaming device sales, more than twice the share of the #2 Roku, which took 26 percent share of sales.

Not content with its ranking, Roku today cited another research to prove its box is the leading streaming platform… Read More


Roku updates iPhone app with AirPlay-like content streaming

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2013

Good news, Roku set-top box users! A significant update to Roku’s iOS app has just been issued, enabling an AirPlay-like functionality that works with photos, music and iOS video content. In a nutshell, a new Play on Roku feature works similar to AirPlay, a media streaming technology from Apple. The freshly updated app can now stream content stored on an iPhone, iPad or iPod directly to a bunch of Roku’s set-top box products. Jump past the fold for more information… Read More


Rdio update brings Pandora-style personalized radio stations

By Cody Lee on Aug 8, 2013

Adaptive Internet radio is all the rage these days for streaming music service subscribers. At least, that’s what you’d think looking at the top players. The feature, which was popularized by Pandora, can be found in Apple’s iTunes Radio, Spotify, and now Rdio.

Rdio updated its apps today with a number of improvements, including enhanced Stations, tweaked UI, and more importantly, a new feature called ‘You FM’ that allows you to listen to personalized radio stations based on your favorite and pertinent tracks… Read More


iTunes tops Netflix, HBO Go and other streaming services in customer satisfaction

By Ed Sutherland on Aug 7, 2013

When it comes to iTunes and video streaming, the Apple service is often overlooked by iDevice owners because it is always there – no app is downloaded, no service subscribed. It is that ubiquity that appears to have garnered iTunes high customer service satisfaction when it comes to streaming video.

However, right on its heels are traditional streaming video operators, such as HBO Go and Netflix. But are we comparing apples to oranges, since iTunes doesn’t stream content in real-time on computers, giving consumers the false impression of superiority… Read More


Apple asking Internet radio stations for iTunes Radio cover art

By Cody Lee on Aug 5, 2013

As its iTunes Radio launch draws closer, Apple has begun sending out emails to owners of Internet radio stations asking that they provide cover art for future use on iTunes and mobile devices.The move suggests that the company is looking to feature independent streaming music stations, alongside its premium iTunes content, in the upcoming service…

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