Google launched All Access music streaming service today, first leaked yesterday, that seeks to bring customized radio stations, on-demand streaming and the user’s stored music library into the same interface.
SoundCloud, headquartered in Berlin, plans to open a new office alongside a cacophony of honking taxis, rumbling subway lines, and people who aren’t afraid to speak their minds. The New York City office will appear “in the coming months,” the company said. Along with the new digs will come former Pandora executive Dan Gerber, whom SoundCloud has tapped to lead brand revenue initiatives for the audio-sharing community.
Google Play Update Shows the Big Picture (SocialTimes)
Google has announced an update to Google Play that will show bigger images for books, movies and album covers. The change began rolling out to Android smartphones and tablets starting Tuesday.
Pandora today hit a milestone of 200 million registered users in the United States, and the company’s chief technical officer Tom Conrad marked the occasion at a talk at the San Francisco Ad:Tech conference highlighting the company’s successes in creating a desirable platform for advertising.
Music, TV shows, and movies have all gone digital, and there are a number of streaming services to choose from. But if you’re going to pay for them, you’re going to want to read the fine print. Should you switch from Netflix to Hulu Plus? Is Spotify better than Grooveshark? This infographic breaks down the advantages and disadvantages of different streaming services and provides statistics on how quickly other consumers are adopting new technology.
Groupon, Zynga and Pandora a much bigger portion of their traffic from mobile users than any of the other top 50 digital properties, according to comScore’s first tally of Internet traffic across Web and mobile apps, released today.
Facebook Backs Same-Sex Marriage in Supreme Court Filings (AllFacebook)
Facebook joined the growing list of companies expressing their support for same-sex marriage, announcing in a post on its LGBTQ@Facebook page that it will submit briefs on the topic to the U.S. Supreme Court. The social network said it would post links to its filings on the LGBTQ@Facebook page when they become available.
Social Travel Apps Thrive as App Store Hits 40 Billion Downloads (SocialTimes)
Apple announced Monday that its App Store customers have downloaded more than 40 billion apps. It was a record-breaking year, the company said, with nearly 20 billion apps downloaded in 2012 and 2 billion downloads in December alone.
Pandora has released statistics from 2012 that show a modest increase in the overall share of the audience for radio, but a large increase in the time that its users spend listening to the service. In addition, Pandora has made 1,000 partner integrations to bring the service to more cars and consumer electronic devices.
Free Speech Isn’t Free for Yelp Reviewer (SocialTimes)
An Internet flame war had real-world consequences for the Virginia woman whose contractor sued her for her bad reviews on Angie’s List and Yelp. Dietz Development filed a $750,000 lawsuit against Jane Perez after she alleged that the contractor had trespassed on her property, damaged her home and even stolen her jewelry.