We first heard about personal radio service Raditaz in 2011, when it launched as what we described at the time as “Pandora meets Foursquare” (Bulletin, 24-May-11) tagging real-world locations with people’s streaming stations. A deal the following year with The Echo Nest added deeper personalisation (Bulletin, 10-Apr-12), but the service never seemed to catch on in the same way that, well, Pandora did. Now Raditaz has returned, complete with a new name – CÜR Media – and $9.6m of funding raised through a reverse merger. Its service will be called CÜR Music according to GigaOm, and will launch in the Autumn. “We are working on something that is different from anything else out there,” says CEO Tom Brophy. “It really is people who used Pandora and want something more.” Details of what that ‘more’ is are currently thin on the ground, other than that it “intersects Pandora and Spotify” across web and mobile devices.

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