On today's show, RIM responds -- if you can call it that -- to an open letter purportedly from a senior executive calling out the company on all its woes. RIM's response? We're fine. Well, we're fine, but we will also agree to form a task force to investigate whether we need a better CEO and management structure. Ya think? Plus, the craziest Computer Love ever.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Spotify may have found an American friend in Facebook.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg yesterday set off a wave of speculation by telling reporters that the social network has plans to "launch something awesome" next week.
Some have speculated whether Zuckerberg might roll out the kind of music service GigaOm outlined in a story on June 19. The blog reported that Facebook was working on some kind of music feature that incorporated multiple music services, including Spotify, Europe's top streaming-music service.
Facebook and Spotify have indeed held discussions recently about integrating the music service into Facebook in a … Read more
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Facebook is planning to integrate streaming-music services into its platform, according to a report from GigaOm.
Citing anonymous sources, GigaOm claims that Facebook will soon have a new option called Music in the site's left-hand pane. Upon clicking that, users will be able to access a new page called Music Dashboard, allowing them to see what songs have been recommended to them by friends, which tracks friends have been listening to most often, and the latest songs played across their social network. The Dashboard will reportedly feature a notifications pane to inform users when friends listened to songs they'… Read more
We are back online today and explain exactly what happened to the show yesterday when it blew up. We discuss Rims demise and the Senate passing a law making it a felony to stream copyright protected material on the interwebs while at the same time day dream about Spotify coming to the US in all of its music streaming glory.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Spotify has signed an American distribution deal with Universal Music Group, the world's largest music label. The pact means that the streaming music company now has U.S. deals in place with three of the four largest labels, making it likely that the company will finally be able move across the Atlantic this summer.
The service still doesn't have a pact signed with Warner Music Group, but people familiar with discussions say the two sides are closer than they have been in the past, and are optimistic a deal will get done. It's possible that Spotify could … Read more
As Amazon, Google, and Apple appear to be leading digital music in the direction of the cloud, it seems a good time to look back at some of the most influential online music services of the past.
Some people might argue that the modern digital music era started with the launch of iTunes. Others will say the birth of Napster kicked it off. The truth is two years before Napster launched in 2000, there were plenty of companies jockeying for dominance in online CD sales as well as downloads.
They were competing in nascent Internet radio or trying to create … Read more
Donald Bell and Antuan Goodwin stop by the studio for a very special episode of Boys Out Loud with your host Brian Tong. We discuss the future of Google Wallet and whether or not we will spend more money for higher quality apps for the Windows Phone. We also discuss Apples Malware evolution as well as the PayPal founders idea to pay high school grads not go to college and instead start their own tech companies. All this and much more on todays episode of BOL.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Facebook and Spotify are creating a new music service that will be offered to the social network's users in countries other than the United States, according to Forbes.
Spotify is still without the necessary licenses to operate in this country after trying to make the move for nearly two years, music industry sources told CNET.
Forbes reported that in perhaps as soon as two weeks, Facebook users could see a Spotify icon on their news feed. Upon clicking the icon, the new service's software will be installed on a user's desktop.
The software will then run in … Read more