Rdio’s subscribers will be cut on Tuesday, but the service isn’t gone yet


Pandora disclosed its acquisition of “key assets” from Rdio on Tuesday and the latter music streaming service confirmed it would be shuttering. Rdio failed to remain competitive in a world where dozens of players are vying for subscribers. The status of Rdio subscribers was unknown immediately following the announcement of Pandora’s acquisition; however, Rdio has finally clarified what will happen to those paying a monthly fee for premium features.

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Google Play is giving away Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ album


The best-selling album worldwide is currently available for free through Google Play. This week, Google is giving away Michael Jackson’s 1982 album Thriller. What songs are featured on the album that sold more than 40 million copies? Just “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “P.Y.T.,” and “Thriller” to name a few. In all, you’re getting around forty minutes of classic Michael Jackson.

Quite shocking that the world’s best-selling album is being given away so easily.

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Rdio shutters, Pandora buys “key assets”


Two music streaming services made announcements on Monday, both very different in their nature. Just as Rdio files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Pandora is buying “key assets” from one its many rivals. Pandora is spending $75 million on what’s left of Rdio to “accelerate the company’s plans to offer fans greater control over the music they love.” Select employees of Rdio will be given the opportunity to move over to Pandora.

The surviving music streaming service expects to launch an “expanded Pandora listening experience” by the end of 2016.

Hit the break for the full press release.

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Google to launch a family plan for Play Music tomorrow


Tomorrow will be quite the day for Google as it will be announcing the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, a new Chromecast, and possibly additional hardware. Software, too, will receive attention as Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be showcased and a new version of the Chromecast app will debut. And now it looks like Play Music is going to be joining the party at Google’s event as Android Police reports that a family plan for the music streaming service is on the way as well.

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TuneIn announces premium subscription with tons of ad-free radio stations and content

tunein premium subscriptionTuneIn has announced a new premium subscription option for listeners that includes a ton of content that should appeal to just about everyone. The subscription includes 600 commercial free music stations, access to over 40,000 audiobooks, play-by-play coverage of all Major League Baseball games and Barclays Premier League and Bundesliga matches, and 16 language learning stations. This makes for a pretty compelling option for someone that’s looking for more than just on-demand music streaming. Read more

Facebook denies reports of a music streaming service plans


Earlier this month, we came across reports claiming that Facebook was planning to launch a digital music-streaming service to take on the existing players in this domain such as, Spotify and Apple Music. However, in a statement issued to The Verge, the social networking giant has squashed such reports, saying that it isn’t building a music streaming service. Read more

Spotify’s pricing not sitting still after Apple Music announcement


The biggest announcement to come out of Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote was the debut of Apple Music, a new music streaming service with various elements that will be available on Android. The pricing, considering what Apple Music offers, is very good. A single person can use Apple Music for $9.99 per month while $14.99 per month supports up to six people. Spotify and some of the other services facing Apple, though, do not even compare when it comes to the family plan price.

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