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Bop.fm wants to bring on-demand streaming to Pandora users

Bop.fm promises to make those likes you’ve been giving away to songs on Pandora a lot more meaningful: Users can now link their Pandora and Bop accounts, allowing them to revisit any of their Pandora likes on Bop.fm, and listen to any of these songs individually at any given time, or even combine them to custom playlists — something that’s not possible with Pandora due to licensing restrictions as well as its focus on a personalized radio experience.

Speaking of [company]Pandora[/company], make sure to check out our Structure Connect conference, coming up October 22 and 22, where Pandora CTO Chris Martin will take the stage to talk about his company’s experience with the connected living room.

[company]Bop.fm[/company] users can even take any song they liked on Pandora, and listen to an entire album of the artist on a service like Spotify or Rdio, if they are subscribers to such an on-demand service. That’s because Bop.fm abstracts the song information from any given music service, allowing users to share links to songs, albums and playlists across the boundaries of different subscription music services, which is why Bop has been called the Switzerland of online music.

Pandora is the first personalized radio service added to Bop, which also announced Tuesday that it has plugged into the APIs of [company]Microsoft[/company]’s Xbox Music, [company]Rhapsody[/company] and Napster. Bop also allows users to play music from [company]Beats Music[/company], [company]Spotify[/company], [company]Rdio[/company], YouTube and [company]SoundCloud[/company].

Recently, Bop.fm also began to work with artists and record labels. Ariana Grande for example is using Bop.fm’s widget on her homepage, and Depeche Mode is sharing playlists with its fans on Facebook via Bop.fm. The advantage for bands and labels is that Bop allows them to share music with their fans, no matter which service they’ve subscribed to. “All the music services are point solutions,” said Bop.fm co-founder Shehzad Daredia during an interview last week. Building bridges between the individual services would in the end help artists and consumers alike, he argued.