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Google in Deal for Songza, A Music Playlist Service (NYT)
In a sign of growing consolidation in the digital music business, Google announced on Tuesday that it had bought Songza, a three-year-old app that competes with Pandora and others in making customized playlists of recommended songs. Re/code The New York Post reported in June that the deal could be worth $15 million. Unlike some acquired startups, Songza won’t be shutting down. Its team will be joining Google in New York and helping with contextual recommendation features for Google Play and possibly YouTube down the line. GigaOM Songza offers custom curated playlists based on categories like genre, mood, decade and activity (“Drinking at A Dive Bar,” “’60s International,” etc.) and offers song suggestions based on the time of day and week. The service is free and songs aren’t interrupted by ads. THR The acquisition comes on the heels of Apple’s deal to purchase Beats Electronics and its streaming music service for $3 billion. Amazon also has jumped into the music streaming market with the launch of the Prime Music service, which comes as part of its $99 annual Prime subscription. The move appears to be part of Google’s plans to compete in this increasingly crowded music-streaming space, which is already dominated by Spotify. Variety Google said it plans to use Songza to make its Play Music service more attractive. The Songza purchase also comes as marketers are spending more on online and mobile radio services in the U.S. Ad sales generated $1.65 billion in the U.S. last year, a gain of 26.3 percent, according to digital research group eMarketer. That’s expected to increase another 23 percent to $2 billion this year.

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Harry McCracken Joins Fast Company

Harry McCracken has found his new home: Fast Company. According to McCracken, he’s joining the magazine July 21 as its new technology editor. McCracken left his role as editor-at-large for Time in May.

Here’s McCracken on why he chose Fast Company:

The publication is committed to excellence in print and online, a fact which its peers in the American Society of Magazine Editors recently celebrated by naming it as Magazine of the Year. Just as important, it’s produced by people who are scrappy, curious, and willing to experiment, traits which are reflected in the fact that much of the brand’s web presence consists of excellent specialized sites such as Co.Design. It’s going to be a fun, challenging place to be.

McCracken said he will continue to update Technologizer — the site he founded — every once in awhile and will continue to curate its Flipboard magazine.

Harry McCraken Leaves Time, Mashable Adds TV Writer

A couple revolving door items to note, involving Time and Mashable. Details below.

  • Harry McCracken is leaving Time next week. McCraken has served as an editor-at-large for Time since 2012. He is the founder of Technologizer and formerly served as editor of PC World. McCraken tweeted that he was “Going to go off in search of my next adventure.”

  • Sandra Gonzalez is joining Mashable as senior TV writer. Gonzalez comes to the site from Entertainment Weekly, where she has been for the past four years.

Time Adds Editor-at-Large

Time has named Harry McCracken an Editor-at-Large. McCracken, the founder of the tech site Technologizer, has written for Time and Time.com in the past, and as part of his new role, will contribute more frequently to both.

In a memo, Rick Stengel, Time’s Managing Editor, said the more McCracken, the better.

“His expertise is matched only by his versatility: he writes long, writes short, knows the inventors and the consumers, offers the expert product review and then the high altitude perspective on the forces that are changing the industry and the culture,” said Stengel. “He writes in a clear, conversational style that is appreciated by both techies and Luddites.”

Time Rushes Commemorative Issue to Newsstands as Tribute to Steve Jobs

Less than 48 hours after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died, Time magazine is rushing to the presses with a special commemorative issue paying tribute to the visionary.

The special issue, hitting newsstands and tablets tomorrow, features Jobs on its cover and 21 pages dedicated to the man behind the iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

Time‘s special edition includes a six-page essay by Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson, a historical report on Jobs iconic career by Time technology reporters Harry McCracken and Lev Grossman, and a photo essay by Diana Walker, who has been shooting Jobs for Time since 1982.
 
“This is Steve’s seventh Time cover, which puts him in the category of Presidents and other world leaders,” Time editor Rick Stengel says. “No one has tracked Steve’s life better than the man who used to have my job, Walter Isaacson. Walter writes that Steve was the modern creation myth writ large and that he revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing.”

The magazine is increasing its print run for this special issue, which will be available worldwide.

Looking on the Bright Side of Media

Folio:‘s Dylan Stableford is looking on the bright side of media! He’s put together a list of the ten most inspiring things to happen in media in 2008. Number One: Seasoned Print Editors Go it Alone — Online

From ex-PC World editor Harry McCracken to Tina Brown‘s inner-Beast to a pair of ex-ElleGirl editors with Daily Candy-like aspirations, 2008 could was the year that old-school print editors collectively said “&%@# it” and forged ahead with their own businesses online.

Check out the rest of his glass-half-full list here (Ana Marie Cox clocks in at number five).