Microsoft debuts Xbox Music for browsers

Microsoft today unveiled its Xbox Music hub for the web, allowing Xbox Music Pass subscribers to stream their tunes right from the browser. The Redmond giant says that, with a subscription, you’ll be able to listen to “millions of songs” without advertisements. You can also sync your music on the web-based platform with devices Xbox… Read More


Pandora’s box: Internet radio service’s new HTML5 site targets TV via Xbox 360, PS3

Internet radio giant Pandora announced a move into the living room today with the launch of, which is designed to bring the internet radio service direct to your television set without requiring a specialized app. The service will allow users to do the same things they’re used to doing with Pandora, including creating new… Read More


New look: Rhapsody iOS app gets complete makeover

It’s makeover time for the Rhapsody iOS app, as the Seattle online music streaming company just debuted a completely redesigned version of the app. There are several differences from the old look, including a new visual homepage, updated artist and album pages, personalized organization and a new full screen player. Earlier this month, Rhapsody became the… Read More


Who wrote that song? Rhapsody becomes first music service to offer liner notes

To many listeners, one benefit of purchasing physical music is the ability to learn who was responsible for the behind-the-scenes production, like the names of songwriters, background vocalists or song producers and engineers. Unfortunately for those music fans, often-used digital players today now only include basic information like song title, artist name and album. Now, though,… Read More


Rhapsody exec advises Spotify, Rdio: You’re doing it wrong

Jon Maples, Rhapsody VP of Product and Content, has some veteran advice for fellow music streaming competitors Spotify and Rdio: Stop making the same mistakes we did. In this blog post, Maples takes a trip down memory lane and discusses how Rhapsody put out costly advertisements from 2008-2010 that share similarities with the TV spots Spotify… Read More


Twitter unveils sleek new #music discovery app for web, iOS

There’s a new way to find the tunes and tracks everyone is talking about. Twitter today debuted a new music discovery platform for both browsers and iOS devices. The service uses Twitter activity to aggregate the most popular music. You’re also able to preview the songs right through the app via iTunes, and subscribers to… Read More

Tim Westergren

Internet Radio Fairness? What it means, why it matters

Pandora listeners may have recently heard a call to support a bill called “The Internet Radio Fairness Act” in place of regularly scheduled advertising. Tim Westergren, the Pandora founder, also sent a message to Pandora members on Friday asking them to urge their Congressional representatives to support the bill. So what’s going on here?  The… Read More

Spencer Rascoff opens trading on the Nasdaq in July

Dear Alley Insider: What’s Zillow, chopped liver?

I’m a big fan of Alley Insider’s Chart of the Day service in which the online news publication puts relevant news in chart form. But their latest effort left me scratching my head. What grabbed my attention was the title of the post: “LinkedIn Is The Only Consumer Tech IPO That’s Doing Well.” Really? I am… Read More


Startup Spotlight: MyArtMatch is like Pandora for artwork

Pandora transformed the way people listen to music, creating personalized stations based on the listening habits of users. Now, MyArtMatch founder and CEO Bruce Worrall wants to do the same for art. Worrall’s 10-month-old Bellevue startup is launching this week, creating a new way for people to discover and purchase artwork. We chatted with the 48-year-old… Read More