When it was rumored to be simply "iRadio," reports claimed that Apple was twisting the arm of major labels to receive better royalty rates than competing services like Pandora -- but that doesn't seem to be the case.
Veteran rockers Pink Floyd are leading the charge against Pandora Radio, which is under fire for the reportedly meager royalty payments paid to artists and songwriters. We have one such tale of woe in today's recap, along with more sad news from bookseller Barnes & Noble, who appears to be throwing the towel on hardware manufacturing for its NOOK tablets. Read on to find out more!
Americans are headed back to work after the extended Memorial Day weekend, which was a bit lean on tech news, as you might imagine. But that doesn't mean we haven't scrounged up a handful of items to kick off the short work week, including Apple's mysterious removal of QuickTime trailer downloads and details on a new fee AT&T Wireless customers may be scratching their head over.
We didn't even realize it when we were picking this week's stories, but we really are in a post-PC world. Every last article is about the mobile world. For better or worse, Steve Jobs has charted our future's course (or at least he was really adept at predicting it and getting Apple on that crest). So check it out, newshounds, it's an iOS-errific world.
While it seems like every company and its brother has jumped onto the mobile, streaming music train, there was a time when Pandora was king. And just like any other music service, the company has faced its share of hurdles when it comes to licensing with record labels. Today, Pandora has re-instituted a cap on its free, non-subscriber listeners.
Two old favorites may be on the chopping block as the week winds to a close, with rumors flying that Twitter has ended development of its Mac app as word that Apple may be likewise killing the iPhone 3GS following the rumored debut of the iPhone 5 next Wednesday. But hey, it's Friday, so get caught up on everything you missed while sleeping before you head out for a weekend of fun.
While users give little thought to how their favorite artists are getting paid when they listen to streaming radio services, the music industry certainly does -- and over the last 12 years, that revenue has added up to a fraction of what it makes elsewhere.
Spotify is clearly setting its sights on Pandora and Slacker with an announcement Tuesday that the music streaming company is adding free mobile radio to its existing iOS app. There's just one problem: The update isn't quite ready yet.