Streaming Music

Are You Paying the iTunes Tax?

Nearly half of U.S. states charge sales tax on digital goods: If you live in one of them, you may be paying more for everything from downloaded music to streaming video.

T-Mobile Seeks iPhone Users; Apple iRadio

T-Mobile is offering a trade-in deal for people who are looking to upgrade from their iPhone 4 or 4S, and Apple is said to be preparing a Pandora-style streaming service.

Pandora Media CEO Resigns as Company's Results Beat Expectations

Pandora Media said on Thursday it plans to replace CEO Joseph Kennedy, and that it has started a search to fill the position. The announcement came as the online streaming music service also forecast better-than-expected revenue for the first quarter of its new fiscal year.

Why Pandora Will Never Be Great Again

Pandora's popularity is unquestionable. The leading online music service provider served up 67 percent more hours of music to listeners in 2012's third quarter than it did the year before. But its profit outlook is ugly, and the level of competition it will soon face for our ears is even worse.

Pandora Mobilizes to Lead the Music Industry

Internet radio pioneer Pandora Media continues to make big strides in popularizing streaming audio. Revenue in its latest quarter skyrocketed 51%, in large part due to its success at making money in mobile.

Is Pandora Changing the Music Industry?

Shares of music streaming leader Pandora Media soared 12% on Thursday after it released its quarterly results. Yes, it posted a loss. And, yes it also posted a slight dip from last quarter. However, it's all about expectations, and Pandora beat those handily.

Why Pandora Will Never Be Great Again

Internet radio has never been as popular as it is right now, and market leader Pandora continues to grow at a heady pace. It has seen its shares of the total U.S. radio-listening market nearly double to 5.55%. That's the upbeat song. But here come the blues.

3 Hot Tech Trends to Watch -- and Invest In -- for 2012

If you think 2011 was a wild year for technology, just wait until you see what 2012 has in store for you. Here are three tech trends that will undoubtedly grow in relevance -- and investor profitability -- in the year ahead.

Does Facebook's Spotify Deal Threaten Pandora?

There's a new threat on the horizon for Internet radio leader Pandora: Facebook has plans to partner with music streaming service Spotify. The good news for Pandora is that Spotify isn't online in the U.S. yet. They won't compete head to head for years. But when they do, what might it do to Pandora's stock value?

Skype's Founders May Have a Hit Music Service

Rdio was envisioned and launched by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, who have had a dry spell since starting Skype. Rdio, however, could be another smash, thanks to a confluence of trends that the duo appears to be picking up on at the right time.

Google Eyeing Pay-Per-View Movies on YouTube?

Google is talking to Hollywood studios about a pay-per-view video service based on YouTube, according to a new report. The move comes as Google girds for battle with Apple, and telecom and media companies jostle for control over the next generation of high-speed content delivery.

Rhapsody music has me waxing rhapsodic

Recently I wrote a screed about the end of the age of ownership.Today, I'm enjoying the fruits of a company whose business is based on the new model,...