Pandora launched its new website today, and as you might imagine, it is well done. It’s easier to create stations, merge stations and share them with friends. You can also combine any stations that you want into a shuffle, which is much nicer than shuffling all your stations into one stream. You can also adjust your player to look the way you want. Player options are enhanced too – album art, artist info and lyrics to songs are all right there if you want them.
It’s also a well timed release, given that Facebook is about to announce some new integrations with streaming music services at their developer conference tomorrow and iHeartradio will host their big live 48 hour concert to kick off their new platform on friday and saturday.
The biggest announcement was a significant change in their business model – Pandora has lifted the 40 hour monthly listening cap, opening up unlimited, free, ad-supported listening to their users. This may be because they have found it to be less expensive to stream to listeners that way (it’s more expensive to license the music if you are streaming to paying subscribers). But I suspect the decision is more driven by a decision to grow listening as much as possible, particularly given the other listening options that are heating up in the form of iHeartradio, Spotify, and others. That, combined with lots of recent success in selling impression based ad campaigns, is what I believe would be behind a decision like this.
In any event, I spent the day playing with it and it’s pretty nifty. Um. Except for the targeted ad for seniorpeoplemeet.com, a dating service for folks over 50 ♥ …
Bloomberg Radio has released a new mobile app that goes a long way in extending their brand as a global source of financial news. The Bloomberg Radio+ app gives listeners the flexibility to hear live breaking financial and business news 24-hours per day as well as download a vast on-demand library of shows and interviews they can listen to at their convenience.
The Bloomberg app is free and is the first radio app where listeners can view real-time charts, get the latest market information and news, and access guest bios — all while listening to the most preeminent minds in business and finance. Designed by Airkast, it is a good example of the way a radio app can become so much more on a mobile device.
“We’ve enjoyed collaborating with Bloomberg to create a superior mobile application that extends their award winning radio programs and business and financial content to their mobile audience”. said Airkast Founder and CEO Larry Leung. “We look forward to bringing Manhattan’s number one radio station to a global audience,” said Oke Okaro, general manager and global head of Bloomberg mobile. “Now people around the world will have 24/7 access to Bloomberg Radio’s market-moving news and analysis on their terms.”
Mobile access to on-demand audio, news and information in a free branded app is a big value proposition for listeners – and a smart move for Bloomberg.