The music streaming company quietly launched its $14.99 Premium Family Plan to take on Spotify and Apple Music.
Pandora is out to take on its rivals, Spotify and Apple Music, with its latest Premium Family plan. It was launched without much fanfare and was first spotted by Android Police.
Although not as popular as it once was, Pandora still has a sizeable user base. And it just launched a family plan for $14.99 per month to attract more paying subscribers. This plan gives up to six users unlimited music streaming, matching that of Apple Music.
With Pandora’s Premium Family plan, each user gets to enjoy all the perks of the regular Pandora Premium plan. All members would get their own account and own set of custom playlists and stations. They also enjoy offline listening, unlimited skips and access to high-quality audio without the annoying ads.
The company launched its Premium service in March but so far only has roughly about six million paid users. This pales in comparison to Spotify which has about 70 million paying subscribers. With this latest offering, it hopes to bring up its numbers.
Individual Premium accounts in Pandora costs $9.99 per month. If you have family members who also enjoy music, it makes much more sense to just go for the Premium Family plan.
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Say goodbye to YouTube Red and hello to YouTube’s new premium services.
YouTube just recently announced their two new streaming services. First is YouTube Music’s streaming service, available either for free with ads or for $9.99 per month. Its second offering is for original video content YouTube Premium for $11.99 per month.
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Google wants to take on Spotify with this latest offering. They feature a music service very similar to latter with a mobile and desktop apps designed specifically for music.
According to Google, it will is that it will combine all the official versions of songs with access to “thousands” other related content. These include playlists, remixes, covers, live versions and music videos.
Another feature that Google is pushing for is the dynamic home screen. It changes depending on your listening history, where you are and what you’re doing. Users can even search for songs without lyrics such as typing “that hipster song with the whistling” thanks to Google’s AI mastery.
YouTube Music is free with ads. Users can also opt to get the YouTube Music Premium for $9.99 ad-free, background listening and music downloading.
YouTube Premium is basically YouTube Red. Subscription to this service gives you everything inside YouTube Music plus access to the YouTube Originals library of video content.
The offering costs $11.99 per month but existing YouTube Red users wont have to pay this extra. They will be charged the current $9.99 price.
Those who want to avail of this discounted monthly price can do so by signing up to YouTube Red now, before YouTube Premium starts rolling out.
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Spotify has revealed this week at New York City a new redesigned app. The newly redesigned app aims to enhance the experience of its 90 million customers. This development is significant since the company started the tier service since 2014.
What’s new with Spotify’s redesigned app?
Spotify’s redesigned app now allows its free listeners to access at least 15 select on-demand playlists. This means that you can play any songs that you want inside those playlists. In case you don’t know, the 15 on-demand playlists are generated by Spotify based on the curated list of songs picked by subscribers.
The list, according to Spotify, would be updated daily. The 15 playlists would include at least 750 songs. Apart from this, other playlists to be included are the Discover Weekly, Release Radar, and Daily Mix playlists, among others.
According to the company, there is over 2 billion playlist created by Spotify users. The company said that the redesigned app aims to guide users using a process they called “playlisting.” It works by suggesting songs that have a similar genre and could be found below the search bar.
Also, free customers can now select their favourite artists. By doing so, they could start using their personalized playlists immediately. Added to this feature is a data saver that would help users capped data usage plans.
Spotify’s chief R&D officer Gustav Söderström said: “Spotify is both the radio station and the record store.”
“Over the last several years, we’ve made Spotify’s premium mobile experience top notch,” Söderström said. “The mobile free tier has stayed the same since 2014,” he added.
Users can now save $5 with Spotify and Hulu’s $12.99 entertainment bundle.
Spotify and Hulu teamed up last September to offer a discounted bundle for students. Now, the two companies are expanding their partnership to offer a similar bundle to all consumers.
The plan is for $12.99 per month for a Spotify Premium and a video-on-demand Hulu Limited Commercials plan. For existing Spotify Premium users, they can do a three-month trial of Hulu for an extra $0.99 before deciding to make a full switch to the bundle.
On their own, Spotify Premium costs $9.99 month while a Hulu subscription costs $7.99 per month. Getting the bundle would save you $4.99 every month which is a very good deal. Spotify is handling the billing for both.
With the bundle, Spotify Premium users get access to on-demand music and personalised playlists. Additionally, they will have access to over 75,000 TV shows on Hulu’s on-demand video library.
This is a very good move for Spotify since Apple is reportedly planning to introduce a TV subscription service with their Apple Music.
Initially, only current Spotify Premium users in the US can avail of this deal. However, both companies say that everyone will be able to sign up for the deal later this summer.
Popular artists are opting not to make their song and albums available on streaming music sites such as Spotify, Mog and Rdio to increase their sales and revenue.
The list include Coldplay, Tom Wait and British singing sensation Adele. The latter’s album 21 was the biggest album last year. Her songs like Someone Like you and Rolling in the Deep have etched their marks to the hearts and minds of her followers.
This comes as a huge blow for the streaming sites that charge their subscriber $5 to $10 a month to listen to music as much as they want. The sites pay the artists a royalty premium every time their song is being listened to online. But some artists don’t think that they are being paid dutifully.
According to Coldplay’s manager Dave Holmes, “I am very concerned. Spotify competes with download stores.” Mylo Xyloto, the band’s next album is due for release this coming October. But the manager also noted that, “like all of Coldplay’s other titles, the new album will be on Spotify eventually.”
This strategy is similar to movie studio strategies. In that, they first release the films to theaters, then DVD’s and later on cable channels and streaming sites. This strategy will maximize the revenue for both the movie and TV producers. According to Needham analyst Laura Martin, “It certainly hurts Spotify’s perceived value in the consumer frequently searches for songs that aren’t there, even if that represents a small fraction of titles.”