Sony’s pico projector makes a big, bright picture

You should never take a video projector camping — it completely defeats the object of the great outdoors. Unless you have kids. Then it’s handy to beam a movie onto the side of a tent to keep them quiet while you drink. Perfect for the job is Sony’s $350 MP-CL1 — a small, battery-powered pico projector. Not much bigger than […]

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Smart keyboard will teach you how to play piano

Lust List: The ONE Light smart keyboard Who doesn’t want to play piano? Learning to tickle the ivories must be right up there with writing the great American novel: Many of us have a hankering to become more musical. The fantastic $299 ONE Light smart keyboard is the way to go if you want a […]

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Samsung on the up again as iPhone’s share falls in key markets

Samsung saw its market share grow last quarter for the first time in 2015, as Android continues to dominate the market worldwide. Google’s platform also saw growth throughout Europe’s “big five” markets, while Apple’s fell for the first time in over a year. Android’s market share has been declining in Europe’s top five markets — that’s Great […]

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Apple’s plan to deliver live TV service is ‘on hold’

Apple has reportedly suspended plans to add an Internet-based live television service for Apple TV, maintaining its focus on providing media from other companies. A person familiar with negotiations claims that Apple’s plan to sell a $30-$40 monthly package of exclusive television stations has run into problems — based on the amount of money content […]

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Pro Tip: Access your Apple Music playlists anywhere

I made an Apple Music playlist of Paste’s top 50 albums of 2015 via iTunes on my Mac. I was able to share it out on Facebook and to my friends via Messages, but I wasn’t able to see the playlist on my iPhone. I made sure that I was logged in to my iTunes […]

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Cult of Mac Magazine: Black Friday deals + gadget reviews + Apple news + more

It might be a short week for most of us here in the U.S., but that didn’t stop us from piling up a whole, well, pile of great content for your long weekend enjoyment. We’ve got all the Black Friday sale info you can handle, a bunch of sweet gadget reviews (like the rumbling, rabble-rousing […]

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Pandora Acquires ‘Key Assets’ and Employees From Rdio for $75 Million

Two of the biggest Apple Music competitors and most notable names in the streaming music industry are joining forces, with Pandora today announcing its $75 million acquisition of „key assets“ from Rdio.

According to a press release on the acquisition, Pandora has gained unspecified „technology and intellectual property,“ and a number of Rdio’s employees will be given roles at Pandora. Pandora plans to use Rdio’s assets to „offer fans greater control over the music they love,“ with an expanded Pandora listening experience set to launch in late 2016, depending on licensing. Pandora wants to become the „go-to destination“ for wherever and however its fans want to listen to music.

„The Rdio team built an acclaimed product and technology platform that has consistently led innovation in the young streaming industry. I’m pleased that many members of the Rdio team will continue to shape the future of streaming music, applying our tradition of great design and innovative engineering on an even larger stage with Pandora,“ said Anthony Bay, chief executive officer of Rdio.

Pandora has more than 80 million users and continues to be one of the most popular streaming music services. Pandora offers its users the ability to listen to free, ad-supported radio stations centered around particular artists or songs rather than offering on-demand listening like Apple Music.

Rdio offered a similar ad-supported free listening tier, but it also included Rdio Unlimited, a service that let users listen to any song on demand as is possible with Spotify and Apple Music. With its acquisition of Rdio’s assets, Pandora may be angling to expand into the on-demand market to better compete with other streaming services.

The acquisition hinges on Rdio obtaining permission for the transaction from the United States Bankruptcy Court. With approval, Rdio will wind down its Rdio-branded operations in all markets as Pandora is only acquiring assets and not the Rdio brand.
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