Pandora Premium will focus on personalisation
“Premium means personal,” according to Pandora CEO Tim Westergren, whose latest soundbite came at the unveiling of Pandora’s soon-to-launch Pandora Premium on-demand tier in New York. There was a heavy emphasis on personalisation,...
December 7, 2016
#ThrowbackWednesday: Music/Tech startups of 2010
A fun thing that popped up in one of the Music Ally team’s Facebook Memories this morning: our ‘New Music Startups and Services: H1 2010’ report that we published six years ago today.
August 10, 2016
Sony Music sues former Rdio execs over Pandora sale
When Rdio filed for bankruptcy protection while selling key assets to Pandora, it was a big story for the digital-music world. Now it’s sparking a big fraud lawsuit, with Sony Music taking three of Rdio’s former executives...
April 6, 2016
Rdio may have 100k US subscribers ‘up for grabs’ by rivals
Rdio never announced publicly how many users it had, but one of its rivals has provided an estimate for its US subscriber base. Rhapsody’s senior director of traffic and demand Greg Spils told Billboard that Rdio’s...
November 25, 2015
Rdio starts shutdown process with subscription cancellations
Pandora’s acquisition of certain Rdio assets has yet to close, but the latter company is nevertheless beginning the process of shutting down its streaming service. “Effective Monday, November 23, if you currently have...
November 23, 2015
Why didn’t Pandora buy Rdio? It was $220m in debt
Pandora was clear in its announcement on Monday: it was buying certain assets of streaming service Rdio – technology and IP – while hiring a number of its employees. But it wasn’t buying the business as a whole. “The...
November 18, 2015
Pandora on Rdio deal: ‘We have an ambitious plan for our future’
We reported last night on Pandora’s plans to pay $75m for Rdio’s technology and IP while hiring “many” of its employees, in the company’s clearest step yet towards adding on-demand features to its existing personal-radio...
November 17, 2015
Pandora buys Rdio assets for $75m and plans on-demand features
Big news in the US: Pandora is buying "several key assets" from music-streaming service Rdio for $75m, in a move that it says will help it move towards on-demand streaming – and direct rivalry with Spotify, Apple Music...
November 16, 2015
Rdio courts brands with Promoted Music Experiences
Native advertising has been all the rage for some time in brandland, from sponsored BuzzFeed listicles to branded Vice videos. The streaming music world has been thinking about how to get brands to pay for ads that don’t...
August 27, 2015
Rdio heard you like radio, so it put more radio in your Rdio
We suspect that we’ve already used the word ‘radio’ more times on Music Ally in 2015 than in the past five years put together. That's thanks to launches like Apple’s Beats 1; the increased use of the term by other...
August 12, 2015
Rdio boss: streaming music is ‘a retail business not an internet business’
Streaming service Rdio has never said how many users it has, let alone subscribers, but its CEO Anthony Bay is using its underdog status to speak out increasingly candidly about the streaming market and his company’s rivals....
June 23, 2015