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What’s news in streaming radio: Pink Floyd attacks Pandora, Tavis joins BlogTalkRadio

Pink Floyd Death StarPink Floyd lodging public complaints about Pandora and Tavis Smiley moving into online radio are just two stories in this roundup of streaming radio news.

  • Pandora announced that more than 100 car models offer smartphone integration to control its app. The service is offering free commercial-free listening to listeners using an integrated car stereo through the end of the year.

  • The impoverished millionaire members of Pink Floyd published an op-ed in USA Today to complain about Pandora’s efforts to bring down the royalty fees it pays for streaming music online. The band says that Pandora is trying to trick artists into signing a letter of support that will only hurt their own pocketbooks. Simultaneously the band’s music became available on Spotify for the first time this week.

  • SiriusXM streaming radio now joins the dashboard, too. An agreement with Ford brings access to its smartphone app via the carmaker’s Sync, giving drivers access to on demand content not available via SiriusXM satellite service.

  • Public radio and television host Tavis Smiley has signed on to anchor a weekday show on BlogTalkRadio, following his program being cancelled at several prominent stations. Smiley is the first well known media personality to be signed to the service.

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