Google’s Android lead, Andy Rubin said at AsiaD recently that Google was very close to rolling out music purchases, but he added there would be a “twist.” What could that be? Well, Business Insider claims to have the skinny, and it’s actually rather useful. According to a source, Google’s music service will let user share a purchased song with a friend for some indeterminate period of time.
We never thought we’d say this again after last week’s horrify service outage, but it’s actually kind of a good week to be a Blackberry owner! When you’re done downloading free $100 worth of free apps to your Blackberry Curve, point your browser over towards Spotify, because the mega-popular music service just rolled out a long-awaited app to bring its tunes to RIM devices… kind of.
We turn to Google for our search. We turn to Google for our smartphones and tablets. Heck, thanks to YouTube, we even turn to Google for hilarious videos like “Cookie Monster Sings Chocolate Rain.” But Google won’t stop there. Google wants to be the go-to brand for everything. Case in point: a company honcho confirmed earlier today that Google plans on stepping on Apple and Amazon’s toes and offering a major music service sometime in the not-to-distant future.
AOL just sent us word that it's relaunching its AOL Radio service, which is now powered by Slacker. It's a major overhaul with a top-to-bottom redesign, custom artists stations, improved functionality, fewer commercials, and a greater than 10 million song catalog. Listeners will have over 200 stations to browse, including custom artists stations, ESPN Radio, and a whole bunch more.
Music streaming service Pandora has taken heat as of late despite being one of the most downloaded apps on most mobile platforms. The problem is that as time goes on, investors are becoming increasingly skittish regarding Pandora’s ad revenue. At present, the company is not expected to turn an annual profit until 2014. As a result, Pandora’s stock price has tumbled 16 percent in recent months.
Go ahead and scrap your plans to attend the Zune HD's funeral, the device isn't dead after all. We think it isn't, anyway. Actually, we don't know what's going on with the Zune HD, and it seems neither does Microsoft. News spread of the Zune HD's demise when an official support page went live saying Microsoft planned to discontinue the hardware, though it would still offer support. The message? If you're interested in the Zune, go buy a Windows Phone 7 device instead. Not even a day later, Microsoft has pulled the website and is backtracking on its obituary.
Sometime yesterday Microsoft started yanking references to its Zune HD player from its Zune website. WinRumors picked up on it and surmised Microsoft was getting ready to axe its media player, an assumption the Redmond software giant denied while chalking up the incident as "a mistake." That was yesterday. And today? The Zune is officially dead, folks.
The former peer-to-peer file stealing sharing service turned legit is changing hands once again. After filing for bankruptcy nearly a decade ago, Napster's assets were picked up by Roxio for $5.3 million in cash and stock in 2002. In 2008, Best Buy spent $121 million acquiring the music subscription service, which by then had more 700,000 subscribers. Best Buy was never able to do much with Napster, and now Rhapsody will take over operations.
Spotify has been pulling in new users by the boatload since it appeared in America a few months ago. The announcement last week that the music streaming service was being integrated with Facebook will likely serve to swell its ranks even more. But users that decided to jump on the bandwagon now that Spotify is open to all have suddenly found that they must sign in with a Facebook account to get access.
Author, analyst, and gaming expert Scott Steinberg has penned a new book chronicling the explosive growth and rapid decline of the music game genre.
This encylopedic tome covers every music game ranging from Dance Dance Revolution to Rock Band. The book is available free as a digital download (PDF) or you can buy the Kindle or iBook versions for $2.99.