eMarketer: Pandora to overtake Spotfy by 2021 (and Apple Music thrives)

eMarketer: Pandora to overtake Spotfy by 2021 (and Apple Music thrives)

Pandora may be the most popular music streaming service in the US, but it won’t retain the No. 1 spot for much longer. According to eMarketer’s latest forecast on digital music listeners, Spotify will surpass Pandora in terms of users by 2021—one year sooner than eMarketer predicted last year. Meanwhile, Apple Music continues to thrive.

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Apple Music beats Spotify, Pandora in monthly unique visitors

Apple Music beats Spotify, Pandora in monthly unique visitors

Spotify may be the leader when it comes to the largest number of paid subscribers (50 million) for a streaming music service, but it’s Apple Music (which has over 20-million subscribers) that comes out on top when their respective audiences translate into monthly unique users, specifically on mobile, according to a report published this week from mobile analytics firm Verto — as noted by TechCrunch.

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AirPods aren’t perfect, but wonderfully designed

AirPods aren’t perfect, but wonderfully designed

The minute it was announced that Apple’s AirPods went on sale, I went to the Apple online store and ordered a pair. They arrived on Tuesday, Dec. 20, so I’ve been using them for three days. Overall, I really like them, though they do fall out of my ears when I run.

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MusicWatch: Pandora still tops the rapidly changing U.S. music streaming market

MusicWatch: Pandora still tops the rapidly changing U.S. music streaming market

As the music streaming market reacts to the introduction of Pandora Plus, as well as new on-demand services anticipated from Pandora and Amazon, research shows Pandora with the leading share of weekly music streaming hours in the United States in the second quarter of 2016. 

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There's a generation gap in music streaming adoption

There's a generation gap in music streaming adoption

Over the past few years, online radio services and other music streaming offerings such as Apple Music have constantly risen in popularity. Aided by the rise of smartphones and the availability of fast and reliable wireless networks, streaming services such as Apple's music service, Pandora and Spotify have been able to break through to the mainstream and build substantial user bases. 

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On-demand streaming services grew to 317 billion streams in 2015

On-demand streaming services grew to 317 billion streams in 2015

In 2015, on-demand music streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, Rhapsody, Pandora, Cricket, Google Play, Medianet, Slacker, Xbox Music, YouTube, and VEVO) grew to 317 billion streams, doubling doubling from 2014, which saw 164.5 billion songs streamed, according to Nielsen’s year-end music report, as noted by TechCrunch.

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Sugr Cube: A sweet Wi-Fi connected speaker with unique touch-based control

Sugr Cube: A sweet Wi-Fi connected speaker with unique touch-based control

We see a lot of Bluetooth speakers. TONS of Bluetooth speakers. To be honest with you, I'm less than impressed with most of them due to the inherent limitations of Bluetooth when it comes to streaming music. There just isn't a lot of bandwidth available, and Bluetooth has limited range. Today I'm looking at the Sugr Cube (US$199), a new and decidedly different wireless speaker that looks good and connects to your devices via Wi-Fi.

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AWT News Update: December 14, 2015

AWT News Update: December 14, 2015

On this bright wintry December day, we have news about the FAA requiring drone registration, how Apple's CarPlay is helping one manufacturer sell cars, and a new radio station from Pandora.

  • The FAA finally announces drone registration plans, and if you own a drone that you just love to control from your iPhone or iPad, you'll need to get it registered soon if it meets weight criteria
  • One car manufacturer told the Wall Street Journal that Apple's Car Play is helping it sell cars
  • Pandora announces Thumbprint Radio, which will recommend new songs and mix them with old favorites
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Few folks care if their music service is championed by big name celebrities

Few folks care if their music service is championed by big name celebrities

Drake’s recent hit, Hotline Bling, is exclusively available on Apple Music, but according to a recent study by Vennli, only 15 percent care if their service is championed by big-name celebrities. However, 96 percent of music streaming users strongly agree that it’s important for their services to have a large music selection, according to the SaaS (software as a service) growth strategy platform.

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Notable apps and app updates for October 23, 2015

Notable apps and app updates for October 23, 2015

Apple Music may be making a run for the money, but Spotify (free with in-app purchases) is still at the top of the heap when it comes to streaming music apps. Spotify shows up near the top of the "top grossing" list every week, simple because of the $12.99 monthly in-app purchase that millions of iOS users make. Whether you just want to shuffle streaming music, create a playlist, or build your music collection over time, Spotify is a big favorite of a lot of iOS users. The latest release came out on October 20.

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AWT News Update: July 24, 2015

AWT News Update: July 24, 2015

There's a lot of good news for Apple fans on this summery Friday afternoon:

  • Apple Pay begins its second year as an iPhone/Watch/iPad-based payment system
  • Apple's 10-Q holds some interesting data for those thinking about the next-generation iPhone
  • Pandora hasn't been affected at all by the launch of Apple Music
  • Intel's Skylake architecture could make upcoming Macs much faster and more efficient
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Pandora CFO confirms Apple Watch integration, says Apple is "frenemy"

Pandora CFO confirms Apple Watch integration, says Apple is "frenemy"

With more than 81 million active users, Pandora is a heavyweight in the music streaming industry. It is bigger than Spotify, which has 60 million active users, and iTunes Radio, a less popular streaming service that Apple introduced alongside iOS 6. With Apple now owning Beats Music and reportedly working to revamp the service, the competition in the streaming music business is now more intense than it has ever been.  

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