There is no lasting pleasure in watching the Cincinnati Bengals play the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Well, unless you're in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, or jail.
However, during ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast there appeared an ad that seemed vaguely familiar.
It had a white background, featured paint and bright colors, all to the sound of a tuneful ditty.
Yes, this was an ad for the iPhone 5C, the phone that Apple began to sell on pre-order on Friday, but no one knows how many it sold.
This new ad features the music of the Sleigh Bells. The song is called "… Read more
Rhapsody, a pioneer in the digital-music subscription market, has laid off 15 percent of its staff -- about 30 employees -- including President Jon Irwin, as it struggles to compete in an increasingly crowded sector.
Rhapsody International, the parent company of the on-demand music service, revealed the cuts Monday while announcing that Columbus Nova Technology Partners, an investment company that owns the maker of the Rock Band game franchise, had taken a significant stake in the company. As part of the deal, CNTP's Jason Epstein and Andrew Intrater will join Rhapsody's board of directors.
Irwin will remain with … Read more
Pandora has ridden a tide of growth to become the Internet's top radio service, but a filing to prospective investors Monday warned that the heady expansion of its salad days may not continue.
Only days before the launch of Apple's iTunes Radio in the US, Pandora said in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission that the "rapid growth in both listener hours and advertising revenue" it has experienced is something it doesn't "expect to be able to sustain" in the future. It said it expected to continue to post annual losses … Read more
Online subscription music service Rdio plans to launch a free, ad-supported music service as part of a partnership with radio station operator Cumulus, according to The New York Times.
The deal, which is expected to be announced Monday, will give Rdio "broad access" to the terrestrial radio giant's programming to help it compete better with Spotify and Pandora and promote Rdio's service across Cumulus' 525 radio stations. In addition to providing content for Rdio users, Cumulus will sell advertising for Rdio's free, ad-supported version, which is expected to launch by the end of the year, … Read more
In 1965 Ray Dolby founded Dolby Laboratories and pioneered the noise-reducing and surround-sound technologies used throughout the film and music recording industries. He died in San Francisco at 80 this past Thursday. Dolby perfectly fit the form of "American Inventor" -- he was first and foremost a problem solver.
Dolby introduced A-Type noise-reduction for professional analog tape recorders in 1965 and it quickly became the de facto, worldwide standard. Three years later Dolby B Type consumer noise reduction followed the same course, and in the 1970s nearly every cassette player featured Dolby processing. Starting in 1975 Dolby Stereo … Read more
When your ethos revolves around being healthier-than-thou and a little holier-than-thou, it's possible to lurch into sanctimoniousness.
But how can you be sanctimonious when you're launching an iOS app? You can, I suppose, but you shouldn't.
Instead, Chipotle has clearly spent a lot of time and money to make something that, once you watch, disarms you entirely to its beliefs and therefore its food, and makes you want to download its app.
Which is actually a game app called "Chipotle Scarecrow.".
I was standing in line at Starbucks this morning, when I saw that the lady in front of me had a white iPhone.
Surrounding it, though, was a bright blue casing with strawberries all over it.
Naturally, I ordered an extra shot and wondered what joys will come when people begin to mix and match pretty bright colors with the Apple's new iPhone 5C.
Google's Motorola seems to have anticipated this artistic breakthrough. In the latest of its "Your Smartphone Is A Lazy Slob With A Ganja Problem" Moto X ads, the company takes aim at … Read more
The music industry is turning up the volume in its battle against digital broadcasters with a lawsuit that accuses SiriusXM of not paying royalties on music recorded before 1972.
Major labels Capitol Records, Sony Music Entertainment, and Universal Music Group Recordings, along with indie label ABKCO, sued the satellite radio company in a California court on Wednesday. The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, notes that "a significant portion of SiriusXM's channels feature classic sound recordings, including channels exclusively devoted to performing recordings from the '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s."
Before sound recordings came under federal copyright protection … Read more
Brian McAndrews, a partner at Madrona Venture Group, is Pandora's new CEO, the company announced Wednesday.
The change is effective immediately. McAndrews, who previously was a top marketing and advertising executive with Microsoft and aQuantive will succeed Joe Kennedy. Kennedy announced in March that he was quitting after nearly a decade at the helm of Pandora.
The choice reflects the importance of advertising for Pandora.
"We had very specific criteria for our new CEO, and we were very strategic about finding the right person -- Brian is that person," Tim Westergren, Pandora's founder and chief strategy … Read more