Pandora started its internet radio service in 2005. A five-year, experimental accord agreed with ASCAP that year was one of the factors that allowed it to do so. By 2011, when the company went public, it had amassed 80 million registered users, and was valued at about $2.5 billion.

Since then Pandora’s rise has been meteoric. At last count, the company had more than 200 million registered users (75 million of them were active, or logged in, last month) and accounted for 9% of all radio listening in the US.

Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to crush Pandora - Quartz

Want to dig into how royalties work (or don’t for companies like Pandora)? This is a deep dive on the subject.

I asked our creative team about their best work for Q1 2014. Dean Wagner deferred because the work he was proudest of—displays for the PGA Merchandise Show for both GolfNow and Club Car—was actually begun in Q4 2013. A technicality.

Anne Cassity, on the other hand, straightened her shoulders and pronounced that the brand identity, photography, advertising and website imagery for iD3 was a package she was especially pleased with. Her work, with generous help from Lyn Rollins, Steve Peet, Eric GordonBull & Beard and Skippaz, is represented in the photo series here.

P.S. iD3 is beginning to move a lot of 3D printers

Checking Facebook throughout the day is a 10-year-old habit, one that I can’t seem to shake, even though it has less and less relevance to my daily life.

For a while, I thought that it was just my news feed that had become lackluster and tedious. But after consulting a handful of friends, I found that I wasn’t the only one suffering from fatigue and boredom each time I visited the site.

Facebook’s Existential Crisis - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com

Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87


"Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of imagination, for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable. This, my friends, is the crux of our solitude.”

-Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez has died at age 87

As Professor Crawley would say, “Well, Mr. ______, if you haven’t read “100 Years of Solitude,” go read it!”

And then there’s that old Chinese curse: May your dreams come true. If you could go back to, say, 1994, two decades ago, and if you could have told newspaper publishers that soon they’d be able to produce and distribute a daily newspaper at no cost for newsprint (that’s the paper, not the ink), that they could shut down those huge presses and dispense with troublesome unions once and for all, and that they wouldn’t even need paperboys (or girls) anymore to throw the paper into the neighbor’s bushes—if you could have told them that all these costs were about to plummet to near zero—the publishers would have thought, Now, that sounds like a pretty great deal. I’ll take it. So how has this unexpected gift from God turned into such a disaster for them?
Serious Newspaper Journalism Is Not Over | Vanity Fair