Rdio Adds Free Mobile Music Streaming Service for iOS, Android

Drawing from 20 million tracks, Rdio has launched a free internet radio service in the US, Canada and Australia. Now free on mobile to all iOS and Android users, Stations provides music from all of the artist, song, and 400 genre stations available on Rdio as well as You FM and Friend FM, which are […]

PM Harper Appoints New CRTC Chairman

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named Jean-Pierre Blais, the new chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.   Replacing Leonard Katz, Blais is well-qualified for the 5-year appointment, having held senior positions in government as well as at the CRTC itself.   Stephen Harper said  Blais “brings a strong legal background and a comprehensive understanding […]

Kia Canada Partners with Live Nation on Music Events

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) and Kia Canada have formed a marketing partnership that also incorporates the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto and the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. Kia is now the exclusive automotive partner for all Live Nation Canada music events happening at the two premium concert venues.   “Music has an immense cultural […]

Cloud Media Firm, mSpot Acquired by Samsung Electronics

Korean electronics giant Samsung has acquired mSpot, a leading provider of music streaming, cloud-based radio and video rental services. Samsung will spread mSpot’s mobile cloud-based content to a wider global audience while boosting entertainment services for users of its smartphones and tablets. “mSpot shares our vision to bring a best-in-class cloud and streaming entertainment experience […]

BCE Buys Astral Media for $3.4B

BCE Inc plans to acquire Astral Media in a $50-a-share cash-and-stock deal putting the price tag at $3.38 billion. The acquisition, announced on March 16th, will strengthen BCE’s telecommunications assets in Quebec and drastically improve its competitive position against other rivals, notably Quebecor. BCE CEO George Cope said in a statement: “Bell’s acquisition of Astral […]

BBC Radio 1 returns on Sirius XM Internet Radio only

One week after it suddenly dropped BBC Radio 1 from its satellite radio line-up, Sirius XM has announced it will offer the British pop station through its Internet radio service.

Sirius XM internet radio is a add-on service in the in the U.S. which costs users an additional $2.99 per month. With it users can listen to Sirius stations through their computer, smartphone or standalone internet radios.

Five new Pioneer A/V Receivers coming this summer

Pioneer Canada recently announced it would be bringing five new Elite Home Theatre Receivers – models VSX-40, VSX-50, VSX-51, VSX-52 and VSX-53 – to Canada this summer.

Starting at $550 for the VSX-40, new features of the five receivers include: Marvell Qdeo video processors, network connectivity, Internet radio connectivity, and DLNA certification.

Basic Slacker Radio service now available in Canada

Slacker, an interactive Internet subscription radio service has announced that its ad supported free Basic Radio service is now available in Canada. Previously it had only been available as a 30 day trial.

The service lets users listen to more than 100 expert-programmed genre stations or create and share customized music stations starting with either Slacker’s programmed stations or by artist’s name or song title.

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