Archive for: streaming

Kazaa Releases iOS App For $10/Month Streaming Service.

  • September 20, 2011 9:34 am


Remember Kazaa? For early twenty-somethings it was “the” way to get music in the late, late 90′s and early 2000′s. The past several years, however, have seen the service (as well as many other similar ones) completely redone or closed entirely. Kazaa looked like it would face the same dead end fate.

But the company is back with a new subscription service and iOS app…

Rdio Launches Physical And Digital Gift Card Options.

  • August 29, 2011 2:58 pm


Apple’s iTunes Store just got a more serious contender by way of Rdio. Today the popular music streaming and discovery service announced the availability of both physical and digital gift cards. The former can now be found at a Target shopping center near you in $10 and $25 ammounts while the latter…well…can be found online. Digital gift cards offer a few more options: $10, $25, $50 and $100. Customers can also choose to purchase Rdio gift cards in their own user-selected amount. The best part is that the gift cards can go towards any Rdio service/feature such as music downloads and/or streaming subscription costs.

Digital gift cards can be found at http://www.rdio.com/gift.

What streaming service do you use (if any)?

RIM Launches Socially Powered BBM Music.

  • August 25, 2011 9:07 am


If your head was already spinning from the growing number of streaming radio/music services currently on the market, sit down and take a load off. RIM is getting in the game too with BBM Music…

Netflix Launching On Facebook In The Near Future — U.S. Left Out.

  • July 26, 2011 11:01 am


Social butterflies and Netflix junkies will soon be able to mash the two favorite past times together with the announcement that Netflix integration is coming to Facebook! The only catch — the U.S. will not be an initial launch country…

Listen Along To Real Time Last.FM Streams Within Spotify With “Overhere”.

  • July 20, 2011 1:01 pm


Color us intrigued. A new webapp called Overhere allows you to enter in any Last.FM users’ account name and listen to their stream in (almost) real time. Simply click the “start listening” button in Overhere and you’ll soon be treated to the shared stream within Spotify. We say this all goes down in “almost” real time because there is a slight delay. Still, it’s nearly there and very cool. It goes without saying a Spotify account and desktop app are needed. Also, Last.FM users will have to make sure the ability to share their personal stream is left in the “on” position (default).

Give it a shot and let us know how it goes.

Buzz Kill: Netflix Requires DRM Chip For Android Tablets?

  • July 20, 2011 9:40 am

If Netflix support on Android tablets is something that even remotely interests you, wait! Wait to buy a new tablet and for the love of everything holy don’t get early 2011 hardware. Why? It won’t run Netflix. While details are still a bit sketchy, it is looking like Netflix is requiring an actual DRM hardware chip to bring support to tablets.

For now, Lenovo has a short exclusive with Netflix starting with the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 tablet. But once the barriers come down expect to see a slew of Netflix-capable tablets hit the market.

Besides no love for legacy tablet owners, the issue of fragmentation is once again thrust into the mainstream. Netflix has only officially licensed certain mobile processors so far — Qualcomm Snapdragon and Texas Instruments OMAP 4 — likely revolving around the same DRM chip mentioned above. However, the much more popular Nvidia Tegra 2 processor hasn’t yet made the cut possibly meaning no Netflix supoprt.

It goes without saying that anyone who bout a tablet up until this point was just dealt a serious blow. Hopefully Netflix changes the requirements a bit and allows some form of software nanny (read: DRM) to be used in place of hardware. If not, customer uproar will make the recent price hike backlash seem like a Friday night frat party.

Android hacker community: Your new challenge is to make Netflix work on any Android tablet. Go!

Last.fm Servers Implode. Most Streaming/Sharing Features Taken Offline.

  • July 18, 2011 10:24 am

In the worst possible case of bad timing after European based Spotify’s U.S. launch last week, Last.fm is going through a slew of problems today. According to Last.fm’s Colin Strickland, the “Rabd” service that controls most of the Last.fm’s recommendation, scrobbling, and sharing features went down around 04:00 GMT. Currently the team isn’t sure why the Rabd service went down but is (obviously) hard at work restoring things. As for those questioning the lack of any backup service for something as large and popular as Last.fm — there is one but it can’t handle the load.

We just gave Last.fm a shot on our end and were indeed met with sporadic audio and wonky web pages. Hopefully Last.fm can get their ducks re-aligned rather quickly. With a ton of media hype still focused on Spotify after their U.S. Launch last week, the last thing Last.fm needs is to give users a reason to try Spotify, actually like it, and in turn defect.

Last.fm users: How are you coping?

[Update 2] Be Our Friend, Get A Spotify Invite.

  • July 14, 2011 9:52 pm


Ok, so it’s a bit of a cheap way to “buy” your friendship. (Don’t judge us, we’re lonely.) And despite what the title may sound like, we only have 1, single invite two invites to give away — we’re feeling generous tonight. Nonetheless, if you want in you’ve got to let us know. Drop a comment below and/or give this post a mention on Twitter with the hashtag #GSspotify. We’ll choose the winners at random tomorrow at 12pm (EST). Sharing on multiple other social services will probably help your case too. Get to it!

Update

Invites have been doled out.

AT&T Responds To Netflix Op-ed Criticizing Usage Based Billing.

  • July 14, 2011 1:28 pm

You didn’t think AT&T was going to sit back and let Netflix General Counsel David Hyman walk all over them without responding, did you? Today, AT&T General Counsel Wayne Watts rebuked (subscription) Hyman’s claims about usage-based billing while also calling out this obvious bias seeing as how Netflix accounts for up to 30% of heavy network load during peak hours.

The way we see it — both sides have valid points, though AT&T’s pedestal is much smaller. Wayne argues that AT&T is doing customers a favor by only charging them for what they use. The only thing he conveniently leaves out is that the prices attached to the various tiers are grossly over priced for the bandwidth/allotment they deliver.

Netflix’s David Hyman on the other hand has got it right when he calls AT&T’s tactics “bad for consumers and bad for the economy”. We’ll add that any claims made by a land-based telco of bandwidth shortages are false. Internet speeds continue to rise, prices continue to drop (albeit slowly), and coverage continues to expand all while the same companies report larger and larger profits each year. It doesn’t take a genius to see we’re being fed a basket full of lies.

But alas, you have to justify your bloated paychecks and fancy title somehow, right?