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Inside Spotify's Acquisition of Loudr
April 18, 2018
Updated 5mo ago
Spotify recently announced an acquisition of licensing start-up Loudr. Sun Jen Yung, Partner and Head of Digital Media at Nfluence Partners, who worked on this deal explains why it made sense for the streaming service.
Snap's Security Chief Fired Over Secret Relationship With Outside Consultant
Nov 3, 2017
Why Pandora's Business is in "Transition"
Shares of Pandora closed down nearly 25 percent on Friday. The sell off followed the streaming service's miss on earnings Thursday after the bell. Pandora's new CEO Roger Lynch said the business is in "transition." Pandora is looking to push into new conten,t such as podcasts and traditional radio, to increase engagement among its listeners. Lynch said he is also looking to increase its investment in ad-tech either by building in-house, or acquiring companies to solve issues more quickly. Variety's Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent, Janko Roettgers, says an ad-tech acquisition might be a faster solution for Pandora to get this strategy off the ground. Both advertising revenue and active listeners fell below Wall Street expectations for the quarter. Pandora reported 73.7 million active listeners. Advertising revenue was $275.7 million, a 1% increase year-over-year.
Jan 4, 2018
Music to Spotify's Ears: A New Year IPO
Spotify reportedly filed for an IPO, Roku launches a streaming service, and more. Dana Wollman, Executive Editor at Engadget, joins Cheddar to discuss the latest headlines in tech.
Oct 10, 2017
The Battle of the Beats: Spotify vs. Apple
On-demand music streaming has been dominated by Spotify in recent years, even though Pandora was the first mover in the space and Apple Music has legendary music producer Jimmy Iovine at the helm. Jason Moser, analyst at The Motley Fool, joins "The Long and The Short" to discuss how Apple Music can possibly catch up with Spotify. And as the Swedish company prepares for its IPO, is it worth its $20 billion estimate? Moser says that seems a bit optimistic for a company that is not yet profitable. He wants to see a few quarters of positive earnings before believing that valuation. Plus, what Pandora needs to do in order to survive the music streaming race. He talks about how platforms can differentiate themselves. It's all about the user experience, he says, since they can't really make their content unique.