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Spotify is a commercial music streaming service providing Digital Rights Management-protected content from record labels including Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal. Launched in October 2008 by Swedish startup Spotify AB, the service had a... pproximately 10 million users as of 15 September 2010, about 2.5 million of whom were paying users. Total users reached 20 million by December 2012, 5 million of whom pay a monthly subscription fee that varies based on locale. The system is currently available using Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, S60 (Symbian), webOS, Samsung Smart TV, Squeezebox, Boxee, Sonos, WD TV, Roku, MeeGo, Telia Digital-tv, and TiVo. As of August 2013 Spotify was not available in the Windows Store for Windows 8. Music can be browsed by artist, album, record label, genre or playlist as well as by direct searches. On computers, a link allows the listener to purchase selected material via partner retailers. A six-month free trial period is activated upon account registration or first login with a Facebook account, allowing the user to listen to an unlimited amount of music supported by visual and radio-style advertising. After the trial, Spotify has a listening limit of 10 hours per month, divided into 2.5 hour weekly portions (unused hours carry over). The only locations exempt from this rule are the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia, where ad-supported unlimited streaming continues on Spotify Free after 14 months. An "Unlimited" subscription removes advertisements and time limits and a "Premium" subscription introduces extra features such as higher bitrate streaming, offline access to music and mobile app access. Users can try Spotify Premium for 48 hours by logging into Spotify Mobile for the first time, or get a 30-day trial for their first month. An active Facebook account is required to use Spotify if the user has signed up using Facebook, but as of 30 August 2012 the option to make a Spotify username was again offered. Subscriptions are restricted to people with credit/debit cards or PayPal accounts registered in certain countries   more
8 votes

Pandora Radio

Pandora Radio (also known as Pandora Internet Radio or simply Pandora) is an automated music recommendation service and "custodian" of the Music Genome Project. The service, operated by Pandora Media, Inc., is only available in the United States, Au... stralia and New Zealand. The service plays musical selections of a certain genre based on the user's artist selection. The user then provides positive or negative feedback for songs chosen by the service, which are taken into account when Pandora selects future songs. While listening, users are offered the ability to buy the songs or albums at various online retailers. Over 400 different musical attributes are considered when selecting the next song. These 400 attributes are combined into larger groups called focus traits. There are 2,000 focus traits. Examples of these are rhythm syncopation, key tonality, vocal harmonies, and displayed instrumental proficiency. The Pandora media player is based on OpenLaszlo. Pandora can also be accessed through many media streaming devices, such as the Roku, Reciva-based radios (from companies like Grace Digital, Sanyo, and Sangean), Frontier Silicon-based connected audio systems, Slim Devices, and Sonos product(s). On July 11, 2008, Pandora launched a mobile version of their software for the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch through the iTunes App Store. Pandora is also available for Windows Phone, Android phones, BlackBerry platforms, HP webOS (used on the Palm Pre, Palm Pixi, Palm Pre 2, and HP Veer). Pandora was the provider for MSN Radio until MSN discontinued their internet radio service on June 18, 2008. A modified version of Pandora has been made available for Sprint Nextel. The service has two subscription plans: a free subscription supported by advertisements, and a fee-based subscription without ads. There are also ads in Pandora Mobile for mobile phones and the Pandora in The Home computer appliance. Most users choose the free subscription. In May 2010, Pandora was named in Lead411's 2010 Hottest San Francisco Companies list. In January 2011, Pandora met with investment banks to consider a possible $100 million IPO. The company filed with the SEC for a $100mm IPO on February 11, 2011 and officially began trading on the New York Stock Exchange with ticker symbol "P" on June 15, 2011 at a price of $16/share. This gave them a valuation of nearly $2.6 billion. As of IPO, Pandora had 800,000 tracks from 80,000 artists in its library, and 80 million users. In 2012, Pandora was reported to have over 150 million users. During its 2011 fiscal year, Pandora reported $138 million in revenue with a $1.8 million net loss, excluding the cost of a special dividend associated with the IPO   more
7 votes


iHeartRadio is an Internet radio platform owned by Clear Channel Broadcasting, Inc. Founded in April 2008 as the website, iHeartRadio now functions as both a music recommender system and a radio network that aggregates content from o... ver 800 local Clear Channel radio stations across the United States, as well as hundreds of stations owned by companies other than Clear Channel. iHeartRadio is available online, via mobile devices, and on select video game consoles   more
2 votes

ITunes Radio

ITunes Radio is an Internet radio service by Apple Inc. Announced at the 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 10, 2013, the service launched on September 18, 2013, the same day as iOS 7. It is available across devices, including...  being integrated into the Music app on portable iOS devices and Apple TV (2nd generation and newer) as well as iTunes on OS X and Windows. ITunes Radio is currently only available in the United States. ITunes Radio is a free, ad-supported service available to all iTunes users, featuring Siri integration on iOS. Users are able to skip tracks, customize stations, and purchase the station's songs from the iTunes Store.[2] Users can also search through their history of previous songs. The number of track skips are limited like Pandora Radio's service. ITunes Match subscribers will be able to use an ad-free version of the service. The service has pre-loaded stations, including a playlist of trending songs on Twitter. The service also generates a radio station based on input like a single artist with songs by that artist and others similar. The service's selection is expected to learn the user's preferences from input whether the user likes or dislikes the track. Currently, iTunes Radio is only available in the US. Apple has announced plans to offer the service in other countries at a later date. The service will only be available for iTunes, iOS, and Apple TV platforms   more
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Google Play Music All Access

On May 15, 2013 at Google I/O, Google announced Google Play Music All Access, a music streaming platform that will debut immediately in the US for $9.99 a month ($7.99 if signed up before June 30). The new service lets users combine the All Access c... atalog with their own library of up to 20,000 Songs. All Access is currently available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, the UK and the United States   more
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Slacker Radio

Slacker Radio is an interactive Internet radio service available in the US and Canada. Listeners can access the service on the web, through mobile apps on multiple smartphones as well as on Slacker Personal Radio Players and other devices. It allows...  users to create and share customized music stations. Slacker allows users to customize one of their programmed stations (for instance, Top hits) or start with music similar to an artist or song, and then customize that. In May, 2011 CEO Jim Cady stated that Slacker has 26 million listeners, 13 million songs in its library, and licensing deals with all the major labels. As of March 31, 2013, Slacker currently has around 300 premade stations. The company was founded in 2004 by Celite Milbrandt and Dennis Mudd who launched the company in March 2007. Dennis was the former CEO of MusicMatch, which was purchased by Yahoo Music and is now known as Yahoo! Music Radio   more
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Rdio is an ad-free music subscription service. It is available as a website and also has clients for the iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone mobile devices, which can play streaming music or cache songs for offline play... back. There are also clients for the Roku and Sonos systems. The web-based service also offers a native desktop client application for Mac OS X and Windows. Its library has content from the four major record labels, as well as the Merlin Network and the aggregators IODA, INgrooves, The Orchard, CD Baby, IRIS Distribution, BFM Digital, Finetunes, and Catapult. Rdio also offers social networking, allowing users to share playlists and follow others to see what music they listen to. Rdio was created by Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis and left private beta testing on 3 August 2010. The founders were also behind file sharing network Kazaa   more
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