Pandora to buy Rdio

Rdio

Looks like fans of Rdio won’t be pleased by Monday’s news: Pandora plans to buy the streaming music service. Specifically, it seems they’re buying Rdio’s technology and other assets, while Rdio itself files for bankruptcy. TechCrunch has more details. TechCrunch notes that Pandora’s having problems too. Not helping is the rise in popularity of Spotify, Google … Read more

Google revises Google Play Music, now has free streaming tier

Google Play Music

Google today unveiled a revised version of Google Play Music. Besides dropping the awkward “All Access” name (which was about time), Google Play Music now offers users of its free service streaming audio of various “stations,” just like its $10/month service. Unlike paying customers, the streaming service comes with only six song skips per station … Read more

My choice of music services (fall 2014)

iPod Classic

Here’s an update of a previous post I’d written about what music services I use. These days, my choice of music/audio services include: TuneIn Radio I’ve written about TuneIn Radio before. TuneIn’s quite useful in letting me listen to NPR streaming audio on my phone. The Pro version is only a dollar, but gets rid of … Read more

This week with the Mac Mini: my choice of music services

MacBook Air on a table

Reviving the “this week with the Mac Mini” series of posts, I thought I’d give an update on my fall 2012 blog post about my choice of music services, since it was written before I made the Mac move. These days, my choice of music/audio services include: TuneIn Radio I’ve written about TuneIn Radio before. … Read more

Xbox Music and my choice of music services

MacBook Air on a table

Microsoft’s announced a revamp of their Xbox streaming music service, as part of both their Windows 8 push and their push to make the Xbox a home entertainment center hub (versus merely a video game system). Renaming their music service from “Zune” to “Xbox Music,” the service will cost $10/month to use on the Xbox … Read more