Amazon’s latest update to their Echo device brings support for a handful of new services that are a welcome addition. Pandora support is now completely native to the device, so you’ll be able to talk to Echo to create stations or play and pause music. Prior to this update, you’d have to start music on a smartphone or tablet, then stream it through Echo.
Music lovers aren’t the only ones getting new features with this update, though. Major league baseball and major league soccer are both coming to the device, so you’ll be able to quickly get scores or ask when games are. Read more
Pandora’s latest app update is bringing a pretty useful new feature, especially for those of you that frequently listen to Pandora radio. Now you’ll occasionally start seeing Google Now cards from the app suggesting different radio stations for you to listen to, which has been in the works since Google announced tons of third-party integration in January. Read more
While Pandora makes most of its money off its ad based streaming service, the company is looking to entice users into its paid service. The streaming company is looking to add a 24-hour day pass that you can purchase for a small price.
Forget about receiving a tweet from your favorite artists because some of them will soon be sending messages over Pandora. The service announced on Thursday a new feature called Artist Audio Messaging which allows artists to send personalized messages to listeners around the world. Pandora notes that the possible messages shared with listeners, aside from random voice recordings, are tour announcements, new album releases, and crowd-funding campaigns.
Pandora has announced the release of a beta version of a new interface for their mobile app on iOS and Android devices. The interface is called Station Personalization and according to Pandora, it is designed to “provide effortless music discovery and listening” for their 75 million listeners. According to Pandora, the interface focuses on three areas – new transition and animations, improved personalization and station details, and improvements to the “thumbs” system. Read more
Google Glass owners now have access to Pandora Internet Radio via their wearable device. Users get access to their existing stations or they can create a new station using voice commands. However, several other controls still require the use of the touchpad, including play/pause controls, favoriting tracks and dismissing tracks. Read more
For the month of June, the top smartphone manufacturers in the United States did not see much of a change in United States market share. Apple and Samsung, the two leaders, are the only of the top five manufacturers to see growth. LG, Motorola, and HTC all saw very small changes that went south; however, none of the declines were more than -0.6%. Also, those three companies combined have yet to near Samsung’s 28.6% market share in the United States. On the overall software front, Android still leads iOS by an amount nearing 10%.
Hit the break for details on what mobile applications have the most reach. Read more
Video killed the radio star, and YouTube killed the video star. (Wait, you guys don’t still watch MTV, do you?)
All of us have watched a music video on YouTube before. Some of us even use YouTube as our primary music service. It’s free, after all, and has pretty much every song you’d ever want to hear.
If you frequently listen to Pandora on your Android smartphone and also happen to own a Pebble smartwatch, you’re in luck. Pebble has made a new app for their smartwatch available that pairs with Pandora to enhance your listening experience. Unfortunately, you can’t listen to music through the smartwatch by itself, but the companion app will allow you to change stations, play, pause, and skip songs, and thumbs up or thumbs down whatever you’re listening to. Definitely handy to have to keep you from having to take your phone out of your pocket whenever you want to skip a song.
The app is available to download now, and you can grab it from the Pebble’s settings page.
Any Pebble users planning on testing this app out?
Pandora, the popular music streaming service, has announced some changes to their pricing for Pandora One subscription plans. In a nice nod to their existing customer base, they indicate that active monthly subscribers will not see a price increase, keeping their monthly fee at only $3.99 per month. Users that have an annual subscription for $36 per year will see their costs go up a bit as they will be transitioned to a discounted $3.99 per month plan when their renewal period rolls around. Pandora indicates they will no longer offer annual subscription plans. The monthly cost for new subscribers will increase to $4.99 per month starting in May. Read more