RAIN 6/29: Dish CEO contemplates owning Pandora, but Billboard says that wouldn't make sense
CLAYTON “WOULD BE INTERESTED IN SIRIUS, HULU, PANDORA”Dish Network CEO Joseph Clayton — former CEO of Sirius — told The New York Times’ DealBook last week that he “would be interested in [acquiring] Sirius, Hulu, Pandora. There are a lot of things that are up for grabs right now.” Forbes has more coverage here and you can find the original DealBook article here.
Though we don’t know how serious Clayton actually is about acquiring Pandora, the quote boosted the webcaster’s share price on Monday by 7.48%, reports Billboard. But Clayton’s timing is “odd,” the publication writes. “A deal would have been much cheaper before Pandora went public two weeks ago…Pandora would be an incredibly expensive deal for Dish.”
Billboard continues (here), “It would be hard to imagine Pandora pairing up with Dish. It needs a far broader reach than Dish’s roughly 20 million subscribers…Dish is not an ideal way for Pandora to expand into new markets.”
NEW SCION MODEL INCLUDES PANDORA SUPPORTThe new 2012 Scion xB will include support for Pandora integration, via a connected smartphone. The new dashboard head unit also includes HD radio and Bluetooth (so any Internet radio app can stream audio to the unit). CNet has more coverage here.
SPACIAL AUDIO UPDATES SITE, RECHRISTENS SOFTWARESpacial Audio has revamped and relaunched their website at Spacial.com, and given their software applications a new user interface. The new website is the result of a collaborative effort between Spacial and the web consultants at w.illi.am.
The changes also include new names for some of the company’s software packages. SAM Broadcaster remains the same, but “SAM Party DJ” is now “SAM DJ,” and “SimpleCast” is now “SAM Cast.”
RADICAL.FM LAUNCHES PUBLIC BETANew web radio service Radical.fm today launched a public beta. The service was previously invite-only. As we wrote in our review of the service yesterday (RAIN coverage here), Radical.fm is aiming to take on Pandora, Spotify and Turntable.fm all at the same time.
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