iTunes Radio Might Become Standalone App in iOS 8

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Apple is reportedly looking into a dedicated, standlone iTunes Radio app, in an effort to increase awareness and usage of the fledgling streaming radio service aimed at Pandora and others. Introduced as part of iOS 7, iTunes Radio is somewhat hidden within the stock Music app, despite occupying one of the first tab. Sources have told 9tot5Mac's Mark Gurman that a dedicated iTunes Radio app is being tested in iOS 8. Apple has a vested interest in growing an audience for iTunes Radio, as it would result in greater ad revenue. iTunes Radio is ad-supported, provided users don't subscribed to iTunes Match. … [Read more...]

Rdio Goes Free, On The Web

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The imminent launch of Beats Music has caused a bit of stir amongst the streaming music market. Last month,  Spotify began offering free music on tablets and smartphones. Not looking to get left behind, Rdio has expanded their free offering to include free music streaming on the web. Now you can enjoy their service completely free from any web browser, provided you don't mind the occassional ad. … [Read more...]

Apple Unable To Reach Licensing Agreement For Streaming Radio Service

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The long rumored debut of an Apple branded streaming service is no closer to getting finalized with the company having a tough time coming to an agreement with record labels on a fee structure. The NY Post reports that Apple had offered 6 cents per 100 songs streamed, or half what Pandora currently pays in royalties. The number is significantly less than other big players, including Spotify who absorbs a rate of 35 cents per 100 songs. … [Read more...]

Kazaa Is Now A Music Streaming App

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In the heady early days of the millennium, Kazaa was one of the many heavily used pieces of P2P software that allowed you to nose through millions of files to try and track down MP3s that you so desperately wanted. Like many other such services it fell afoul of the law, but has now re-appeared — as a streaming music service, of all things. That's right, Kazaa is now an iOS app, and they'll legally give you the music you want. Who woulda thunk? It's subscription based, so you'll have to fork out $10/month to listen to your hearts content. Here's the official app description: With Kazaa you can use your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to listen to unlimited, on-demand music everywhere. Play any of our millions of songs as much as you like, … [Read more...]