With so many competitors allowing free radio streaming through their apps, Rdio was put under pressure. They have today announced free internet streaming of radio stations on Android and iOS. With the new feature, they hope to better compete with alternatives like Slacker, Google Play Music, Pandora, and Spotify.
Users can choose from ten radio stations based on artists, songs, 400+ genres, and You FM, which is a personalized station based on your listening history. In addition, you can share your station with others, and as part of a new feature, create stations based on albums and playlists.
Check out the presser from Rdio after the break.
Pandora listeners are getting a nice surprise. During yesterday’s earnings call, executives announced that they would be lifting the 40-hour monthly mobile listening cap they put in place in February. CEO Mike Herring says it is for two reasons – one being that the cap was used as a “blunt tool” to limit usage and cost, but the company has since developed more “surgical techniques.” The second reason is that since the mobile cap was put in place, usage dropped 10 percent.
If you remember, this is the second time they have put in place, and then lifted a cap. The last time was in September 2011.
With smart phones becoming a staple in day-to-day music listening you’d think that they’d be sporting decent quality speakers. Well that isn’t the case, unless of course you’re rocking an HTC One. You could be one of the folks with an S4 that has Group Play installed which allows up to 8 devices to blast music almost creating a stereo/surround sound-esque effect. Everyone else sadly has to put up with the one speaker on the back of their device. Well, not anymore as XDA member jekatt created an app that emulates that very function. SoundSeeder works on any device with Android 2.2 and up. With SoundSeeder you’ll be able to:
- Stream and spread your music at home or on your party to multiple devices in different rooms.
- Start a portable Hotspot and listen to your music via SoundSeeder on multiple devices wherever you want.
- Similar to Samsung Group Play – Share Music™
- Supports mp3, mp4, m4a, aac, 3gp, ogg, flac Media formats.
The music player itself requires Android 4.1 but you’ll be able to use any device with a speaker that’s packing Froyo or newer. With it you’ll be able to sync up to 16 devices at once and they don’t even have to be in the same room. The free version of the app will give you a four minute demo mode and purchasing the app will unlock it’s full capabilities. As per the norm we have your download links, QR codes, video and gallery after the break. If you and you’re friends are wanting to rock out with your Android devices this is the app to get.
SoundCloud, one of the most popular music sharing websites, is now integrated with Google+ to allow sharing via the social network. Just like Facebook integration, when you post a SoundCloud URL to share with your circles, an embedded widget automatically appears. This comes after login integration between Google+ and SoundCloud was enabled last month.
SoundCloud is the first third party developer that Google has teamed with to allow embeddable posts. Prominent artists like Snoop Lion, Pearl Jam, and Armin Van Buuren are already taking advantage of this feature on their profiles.
Source: SoundCloud Blog
The Sonos Hi-Fi wireless music system has been gaining a lot of respect from both the audiophile and music-newbie communities alike— its sheer power and easy syncing abilities make it one of the best sound system products on the market.
Now, they’re adding even more functionality to their Sonos app for Android, as you can now play music and podcasts straight from your library on your device. The previous version required users to download all of their music to their computers and media servers— streaming all the music stored on your phone or tablet is now possible.
If you’ve got a Sonos player, go grab the update now— it’s live in the Google Play Store. And if you don’t have Sonos, then what are you waiting for? Go get it!
Check out more information below, a link to download the update, and a link to get your own Sonos player.
Google Play Music has been updated and given some features that I had no idea it didn’t even have. The official version is 5.0.1041J and includes:
* Added option to delete tracks
* Can share song and add to playlist from Now Playing screen
* Remove from My Library now supported
For some reason I always thought the ability to delete tracks has always been there. Either way, good to see it being added. Links to the Play Store will be right below!
Play Store Download Link
Sony has taken NFC technology to a whole new level in their new commercial— now you don’t even have to say a word (or send a text) to ask a girl out! What is the world coming to?
All kidding aside, the tech company has put together a pretty cute ad displaying two teens with a crush on one another. They share love songs to each other’s Sony headphones through their Sony smartphones, to share their mutual feelings for one another. It’s a bit far-out, but it does show a pretty cool use of the technology in a unique way.
Check out the video after the break.
Music is a big part of a smartphone’s feature set. We’ve already talked about the best available music streaming services, but sometimes music streaming isn’t an option, whether that’s because you’re dealing with a pesky data cap, you’re somewhere without a reliably fast internet connection, or you would just rather keep your music on your device. Whatever the reason, we’re going to go over the top music playing apps for your Android device so hit the break to find out more.
TuneIn Radio is a popular app internet radio streaming. It features over 70,000 different stations that stream anything from pop music to talk shows, as well as tons of podcasts. Well, Android users have gotten an update to the TuneIn app that will now allow you to quickly purchase a song you’re listening to on the Play Music Store. You can also favorite music to go back and purchase it with a direct link later on. If you’re already a TuneIn user, this is a pretty useful feature for you. If you haven’t tried it yet, why not test out a new music discovery service? Hit the break for download links.
Jumping into the online music market, Twitter appears to be in the process of releasing a new Twitter Music app today. Reports indicate the app has been released, but only certain people can get it, mostly celebrities, and only those with iOS devices. Apparently the rollout will continue during this weekend’s Coachella music festival and then culminate with widespread availability next week.