US Satellite Radio Company SiriusXM is Gobbling Up Pandora for Just £2.7 Billion

It was announced this morning that SiriusXM will acquire music streaming service Pandora in a deal worth $3.5 billion (£2.7 billion). SiriusXM is touting the acquisition as the creation of the world’s largest audio entertainment company. Read More >>

Bigger Streaming Royalties Sound Like Trouble for Spotify

The review panel in charge of setting rates for songwriter’s royalties reportedly issued the biggest rate increase for artists in its history over the weekend — a 40 percent hike. For the music streaming industry, which runs on thin margins, this could be an issue. For Spotify, a price increase for users could be inevitable, but the company has yet to respond to the news. Read More >>

IBM Remains Spineless as 31 More Companies Oppose Trump’s Muslim Ban

The list of companies opposing President Trump’s discriminatory Muslim travel ban has grown. Late yesterday, 31 companies added their names to an amicus brief opposing the ban, claiming that it hurts business. The total is now 127 companies, but there’s still one high profile tech company that hasn’t grown a backbone: IBM. Read More >>

There’s a Spotify for Porn Because of Course There Is

PornIQ, a new website billing itself as the Spotify Radio of streaming smut, has done for self-love what a dozen other services have done for music. It was only a matter of time. Read More >>

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Two Moons That Pass in the Night

This image shows the rare sight of Saturn's moons Mimas and Pandora aligning in the night sky — and they couldn't look more different. Read More >>

An Artist Got 16 Dollars for a Song That Pandora Streamed a Million Times

A million of anything is pretty much always an insanely impossible number. Winning a million dollars, having a million Twitter followers, selling a million products—anything done a million times is something to be proud of. But maybe not getting your song streamed on Pandora a million times. All you get sometimes is 16 measly dollars. Or $16.89 (about £11) to be exact. Read More >>

Report: Apple Is Finally Sealing Deals For Its Internet Radio

The New York Times is reporting that Apple's much-rumoured music streaming service may soon be ready — even in time for next week's WWDC — thanks to the company finally signing contracts with major music labels. Read More >>

Google Play Music All Access Is a Subscription-Like Spotify

Google's moving into the streaming world. Get ready for Google Play Access. Here's everything you need to know about Google's crack at rocketing to the top of the charts. Read More >>

The Secret Twitter Music Feature That Adds a Dash of Awesome

Twitter's stab at the music scene burst on the scene a few weeks ago, in all it's celebrity-stalking glory. But there's at least one feature that's still hiding behind the scenes: a LastFM-like "similar artists" option, and you can coax it out if you know the secret code. Read More >>

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Want to Watch Hulu, American Netflix or Stream Pandora in the UK? Here’s How

Region lock is a pain in the media-loving arse; while we have some decent content in the UK, most of the US-centric stuff is locked to those actually in the US. Yes, you can use a VPN to get to it, but now there's an even easier way. Install this simple Media Hint browser extension for free and watch Hulu, American Netflix, and even stream Pandora in the UK, with one click. Read More >>

Bloomberg: Apple’s Pandora-Killing Internet Radio Service Is Coming Early Next Year

Bloomberg reports that Apple is currently negotiating licensing deals with record labels in hopes that it can launch an Internet radio service "within the first three months of 2013." The service would be a formidable competitor to Pandora. Read More >>

Apple Might Be Trying to Launch Its Own Pandora Knock Off

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple may indeed be looking to launch its own streaming radio service, much like the one offered by Pandora. Read More >>