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RAIN 6/29: Dish CEO contemplates owning Pandora, but Billboard says that wouldn't make sense

Posted on: 06/29/2011


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.”


The 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 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.”


New 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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  1. radical.fm looks very good and feature-rich right out of the box, and once complete it will be an excellent service.

    Given it’s a beta there are plenty of bugs, some tarantula-sized, but once those are resolved this will work as designed.

    At present the genres seem limited, only about 15 so far and some have limited subgenres, but they again are adding as they are building, so if you don’t see your favorite genre up yet, it will be hopefully soon.

    But don’t let the fact that it is a beta and the matter of the music you may like not be there yet, go ahead and use it and try things out, that’s why they opened the beta to the public so that any bugs that can be found can be squashed flat before they say it’s ‘Version 1.0’. The more that try it out the faster they can find the problems and get them resolved.

    James Anderson · Jun 30, 07:15 AM · #

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