Line is a Japanese messaging app with over 205 million active users. Line recently acquired MixRadio from Microsoft and now they are launching their own standalone music streaming service for $2 per month.

Line Music is being trialled in Thailand, where Line has carried out a series of other pilots related to its shift into value added services. The app is available for iOS and Android and is integrated into the chat app to allow users to share songs with Line friends, or post to their timeline inside the app. Initially, Line is offering Music users one month of free access to the service, after which the $2 per month fee will kick in.

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Dogena – Wolf

by RouteBot on May 21, 2015

Great new track Wolf from Outertone artist Dogena. Enjoy!

This is what everyone can expect from the new Spotify that is rolling out today.

Spotify Running will change the way you run forever. Get a non-stop mix of music you love – all perfectly in time with your run.

We’ve combined the best music on the planet – recommendations based on your listening history, multiple-genre playlists and original running compositions written by some of the world’s foremost DJs and composers – all tuned to your tempo and seamlessly transitioned to ensure you’ll never miss a beat. Start running and Spotify will detect your tempo, matching the perfect music in time to your step – making you a harder, better, faster, stronger runner.

Eklo is a great young Tropical House producer out of Ontario Canada. Here is a quick about Eklo in his own words.

I grew up (and currently live) in a small city in Northwestern Ontario. My roots to music started with self-taught acoustic guitar. I started recording and producing music in High School and it has been a hobby of mine ever since. I created YouTube covers and dabbled in electronic music throughout University. Currently, I work full-time and produce music on my free time. I started producing more seriously and really developing my sound in 2014. So far 2015 has been amazing and I am excited to see what’s next for “Eklo”!

We are looking forward to seeing what Eklo brings for the rest of 2015!

To join our Soundcloud Network please get in touch with RouteNote via our contact form. Make sure you include your RouteNote username and Soundcloud URL.

Rdio has launched Rdio Select.

Rdio Select offers:

  • $3.99 (US)
  • Ad-free DMCA radio
  • endless stations based on any artist, song, genre, label, and more, along with You FM, an individual’s own personalized station
  • No back skips or rewinding, but unlimited forward skips
  • 320 kbps sound, same that is offered to Rdio subscribers
  • A library of 25 songs that you can listen to on-demand and sync for offline use.
  • Rdio will be supporting this with paid and partner marketing.
  • Rdio’s label marketing and curation teams are working with partners to program exclusive “Select” playlists which will be pushed to users. Reach out to your Rdio representative for me details.

The retail pricing is :
USA: 3.99
Canada: 3.99
Australia: 4.39
South Africa: 24.00
New Zealand: 5.19
India: 60Rs

At these price points, Pandora One is a dollar more yet only features 2 million songs, has skip limits, and no on-demand.

All RouteNote artists who select Rdio as a store will opt-in automatically to this new offering.

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Verizon Has Acquired AOL for $4.4 Billion

by RouteBot on May 12, 2015

It has been confirmed by Tim Armstrong on CNBC this morning that AOL has been purchased by Verizon for $50 per share or $4.4 billion. The transaction is expected to be completed this summer.

AOLers –

As you have heard me say many times over the last 5 years since we became an independent AOL, we are building toward becoming the largest media technology company in the world. While there are search platforms, social platforms, and commerce platforms, we have built a very meaningful media platform and AOL today is a media platform company powering our brands and the brands of over 30,000 partners.

If there is one key to our journey to building the largest digital media platform in the world, it is mobile. Mobile will represent 80% of consumers’ media consumption in the coming years and if we are going to lead, we need to lead in mobile. Over the last 18 months we set a goal of moving AOL into a leading position in mobile, mobile video, and mobile registered consumers. We are approaching 400 million global consumers, we have built one of the best advertising platforms in the world, and we have one of the most talented teams in the world – and now it is time for us to fully open up the mobile frontier.

Today, we are announcing that the largest and most innovative wireless and cable company – and the one investing the most in high quality mobile content – is acquiring AOL with the strategy of building the biggest media platform in the world. The company is Verizon and the deal will game-change the size and scale of AOL’s opportunity. Just as AOL has propelled The Huffington Post,, TechCrunch, and other companies we have acquired, Verizon will propel AOL and comes to the table with over 100 million mobile consumers, content deals with the likes of the NFL, and a meaningful strategy in mobile video.

The decision to enter into an agreement with Verizon was made over a long and thoughtful time period and both companies see significant opportunity to service consumers and customers in a differentiated and exciting way. On a personal level, the decision to go forward with an agreement was predicated on giving our talent the best opportunity to build a multi-decade business that would be deeply growth oriented and aimed directly at the platform shift that video and mobile are offering the world – today and 20 years from now.

There are two important questions you might have at this point in the letter:

What does this mean?

What does this mean for me (meaning you)?

The deal means we will be a division of Verizon and we will oversee AOL’s current assets plus additional assets from Verizon that are targeted at the mobile and video media space. The deal will not change our strategy – it will expand it greatly. The deal will give our content businesses more distribution and it will give our advertisers more distribution and mobile-first features. The deal will add scale and it will add a mobile lens to everything we do inside of our content, video, and ads strategy.

For you this means growth, it means mobile, and it means compensation that will be equal or better to your AOL compensation. Your benefits will not change in 2015. We will eventually go on Verizon’s benefit plan, but that won’t happen until 2016 or later and we will work with Verizon to make sure the benefits are strong and cover important areas of people’s lives. Your job and what you do on a daily basis should be enhanced by the market opportunity this deal is targeted to capture. The simple answer to the question of “what does this mean for you?” should be, “I just got more resources, more support and more growth opportunity.”

The leadership at AOL is staying and I am staying – enthusiastically, and we made that part of the deal. We have the opportunity to build a unique and globally scaled media technology company with the scale and resources we need to make that happen. Verizon and AOL are very large partners today – in content, in ads, and in the technology. We know their team well and they know our team well. The cultures share very similar values and are both working on very similar ways to do good while doing well. Diversity and women’s leadership are at the top of both companies’ agendas and we look forward to having a consumer and industry impact on those important issues.

The future in front of AOL and the industry requires scale, mobile, and video – and partnerships. In our lifetime, we will see the connection of the world on very large and very fast networks – and to play in that world with our strategy requires us to take the natural steps to secure our ability to shoot for the stars. This deal is aimed at the stars and we are going to pursue the joint vision of building the most significant media platform in the world. I have been a buyer of AOL over the last 5 years – and that is an investment in one thing – our talent. We have reviewed every hire coming into the company over the last 5 years and we have taken extraordinary risks and faced extraordinary challenges over the last 5 years. There is nothing more meaningful than watching our team turn-around this great company and restoring it to growth when most people had left it for dead.

AOL is back and now we are joining forces with Verizon to build the best media technology company in the world. Let’s mobilize. – TA

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