You can now stream Pandora from your Apple Watch without an iPhone

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The newest update to Pandora for Apple Watch gives you the ability to stream music without being connected to your iPhone.

The feature takes advantage of changes made in watchOS 6, which rolled out last fall, that allow third-party apps to stream audio on Apple Watch. Of course, you’ll need a device with LTE connectivity to enjoy it.

Nearly 11 million moochers in US stream music illegally

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Apple Music is the one major streamer without a free tier.
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Apple Music and Spotify pushed their paid subscriber numbers to new heights in 2019, but the number of people that share their account passwords is also increasing.

Nearly $1 billion in possible revenue maybe have been lost in 2019 thanks to stream “mooching”, according to a new study that estimates there are 95 million people in the U.S. using a major streaming service.

Fortnite X Borderlands crossover brings Psycho skin, Pandora zone

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Fortnite’s newest patch is out, introducing a surprise crossover with popular Gearbox Software franchise Borderlands.

The version 10.20 release brings Psycho and Claptrap cosmetics, a new Rift Zone that resembles the planet Pandora, and themed challenges that unlock free rewards.

And in true Fortnite style, the update also makes a controversial change that many players are already unhappy about.

Apple Music apparently isn’t as ‘intimate’ as Spotify

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We make choices based on emotion and feelings can change on a whim. The best brands understand this as a science and if bonded closely with its customer base, can successfully influence its purchasing choices.

So the marketing team in charge of Apple Music may want to huddle up after a report on brand intimacy released today saw the music streaming service drop from its No. 1 spot from last year to No. 5.

Spotify’s fight against increased rates is good for Apple Music

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The #CancelSpotify movement is a win for Apple.
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Spotify’s efforts to avoid paying higher rates is giving Apple Music a big advantage, according to a new report.

Apple is the only major music streaming company that isn’t appealing a decision to increase the rate paid to songwriters. As a result, Apple Music is getting all the love on social media.

The best Christmas apps for iOS

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Our 5 favorite apps for making the most of the holiday season.
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The holidays are officially upon us. That means family time, festive celebrations, joyous music and an overabundance of delicious food. To help get you through the holidays, we compiled a list of the best iOS apps to make the most of the season.

Whether you’re looking for a way to provide some entertainment for the kids, hosting friends or family, or just want a way to spread some festive cheer, we’ve got your tree trimmed, so to speak.

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Netflix leads the pack with $790.2 million raked in during 2018.
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Sirius XM plans to buy Pandora for $3.5 billion

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Two of the biggest companies in the music business are teaming up to try to better take on Spotify and Apple Music.

Sirius XM revealed today that it plans to acquire the music streaming service Pandora in a $3.5 billion all-stock deal. The merger is far from a done deal though and according to a report, Pandora will have the opportunity to find a better deal from another company.

Sonos speakers just got smarter with AirPlay 2 upgrade

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Sonos speakers connect to over 80 streaming services.
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Sonos is opening its speakers to a new world of listening experiences today with the addition of AirPlay 2.

The smart speaker company teased AirPlay 2 support last month during the introduction of its Beam speaker. Now, just over a month after Apple added AirPlay 2 as part of iOS 11.4, Sonos is the first third-party speaker company to dive head first into the new tech. And the company added a few tricks your HomePod can’t match.

Pandora copies Spotify and Apple with $15 Family plan

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Pandora's new plan lets up to six users listen to ad-free music.
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With around 5.18 million paying subscribers, Pandora is around one-tenth the size of Apple Music, which recently announced 50 million active users. But that’s not stopping it from doing its best to compete.

In order to compete with giants like Apple Music and Spotify, Pandora is matching their pricing with a $15-per-month Premium Family plan. The monthly subscription grants up to six family members access to the service with no ads, plus superior audio quality compared to Pandora’s free tier.