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Best of the Blogs, Media: Spotify's Foray Into Internet Radio Is Making Pandora Look Bad


Plus, the New York Times is coming to Flipboard.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful financial commentary on media from around the Web every Monday.

Link: Spotify Muscles Into Internet Radio, Makes Pandora Look Small

"The online jukebox Spotify announced Tuesday it will offer customized Internet radio stations, putting the upstart into competition with longtime netcaster Pandora (P). Spotify might lack Pandora's deep experience in online radio, but it offers listeners fully 16 times more songs to choose from. That's a discrepancy of 15 million songs, which will be tricky for Pandora to explain away."

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Link: The New York Times Gets All the News That's Fit to Print - All of It - Into Flipboard

"Like the New York Times (NYT)? Like Flipboard? Here's a corporate mashup for you: The Times' subscribers will soon be able read the entire paper on the aggregation/recommendation app.

"The news is important for Flipboard because it marks the first time the start-up has convinced a big publisher to give it full access to its 'premium' content. Previously it has let users sample bits of stuff from magazines, newspapers and the like."

The New York Times: Media Decoder
Link: Boston Rock Radio Voices Plan to Move Online

"Fans of the Boston alternative-rock station WFNX, which is being sold to Clear Channel Communications (CCO), will soon be hearing some familiar voices online.

", a news and entertainment Web site, announced early Monday that it is starting a streaming-radio station featuring several former WFNX personalities, including Henry Santoro, Julie Kramer and Adam 12, as well as its former program director, Paul Driscoll. The station's start date and programming schedule are to be revealed this summer."

Link: Why Do YouTube Videos Freeze at 301 Views?

"If you spend a lot of time on YouTube (GOOG), chances are you've seen recent videos that have had their view counts frozen at exactly 301. But why? Ever since the number appeared last July, YouTubers have suspected everything from a glitch to a conspiracy."

CNN: The Marquee Blog
Link: Sorkin's 'The Newsroom': What's the Verdict?

"HBO's new series from Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom, sets us up to believe that TV news anchors establish the tone for national debate - good vs. evil and substance vs. fluff.

"The Newsroom, which premiered on HBO Sunday, revolves around the fictional TV network ACN, with Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) as the anchor of the primetime newscast News Night."
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