Spotify Launches Web Radio Service


Peter Kafka:

Spotify, which lets people listen to music for free, on demand, has finally launched its own Web radio service, which more or less mirrors Pandora’s core radio service. That is, this is a “real” Web radio service, that comes with advertising, unlike iterations Spotify has released in the past.

I saw Spotify’s offering via a very quick demo yesterday. If you’re a Pandora fan, it looks pretty compelling, though you’re much better off checking it out for yourself, as long as you have an iPad or iPhone — an Android version is in the works.

But here’s the key takeaway: Spotify now has an option that lets people use the service for free, on mobile devices. Up until now, the only way to get Spotify on the go was to pay $10 or more per month, while Pandora’s key selling point was free mobility.

Although there are plenty of compelling alternatives, Spotify has undoubtedly gained the greatest quantity of collective buzz for the non-technology-enthusiast public. Boasting pre-existing hype from Europe, a successful launch, and a broad variety of apps, Spotify sports a distinct sense of mass-market appeal.

With freely available content for mobile users, this appeal is only going to grow.

Holo 'Pac


When I heard a hologram of Tupac was scheduled to appear at Coachella this past weekend, I scoffed at the possibility. For years, news outlets have versed their viewers in woeful “holographic” implementations, thus metering any semblance of interest I may have had.

But then I saw the photos and video in the aftermath. Regardless of your musical leanings, this is certainly a sight to see.

(Image via InFocus)

Rdio Coming to All European Countries


Moving in the opposite direction of Spotify, Rdio VP Scott Bagby has announced that Rdio will be expanding into “all” European countries in the next few months. In an interview with paidContent, Bagby remarked:

But Europe is an immediate focus. We’ll be expanding in all countries in Europe - within the next few months, you’ll see several pop up.

In recent weeks, I purchased a top-tier Rdio plan to compliment my existing Spotify equivalent. Although Spotify certainly has a broader selection, Rdio’s latest redesign, lack of forced Facebook integration, and Retina-enabled iPad app have all beckoned me (back) into its service plans.

Of further use, as has been kindly pointed out by Mr. Myke Hurley, evidently U.S. Rdio accounts are also operable outside of the country. Considering I live most of my year between the U.S. and U.K., this is thoroughly welcome news indeed.

(Via MacStories)

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