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Despite Lawsuits, Michael Robertson Returns To Take Pandora With New ‘Six Seconds’ App

michael robertsonFrom to Mp3Tunes, Michael Robertson has never been afraid to take on the music industry; and that's often landed him in court. In fact, lawyers for Universal Music are still arguing over whether $12M is enough for their work winning a "pyrrhic victory" over Mp3Tunes. Unphased, he's back with new music app Six Seconds.  

Six secondSerial digital music entrepreneur Michael Robertson is back with 6 Seconds. The new iOS and Android app "combines the ease of Pandora with much of the control of Spotify all for free on mobile."

By tapping into 100,000 broadcast and online radio stations globally, 6 Seconds offers the promise of a free digital jukebox with unlimited skips.  Selecting a genre plays the most popular songs from that style as determined by what stations DJs are playing. Skipping songs is performed by a quick swipe anywhere on the screen. 

6 Seconds also includes search capability that helps users find a specific song or artist. In under a second, it scans 100,000 online radio stations for a specific song or artist. If located, they can tune into the broadcast with a simple click on the title which will connect them directly to that station.

"6 Seconds is the first free mobile music experience with unlimited skips and search so music listeners can hear the songs they desire, more often," says Robertson. "Listeners can favorite any song and at anytime, quickly search for their faves playing anywhere in the world."

Pretty neat, but what will the lawyers think?

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  1. There are many apps which stream radio stations. Tunein is probably the largest but there are hundreds.
    What’s new about 6 Seconds is they have added a fast artist and song search. Seems very smart ands a great new way to find great stations.

  2. Extremely smart workaround. I like that it recognizes people intuitively search by song/artist and not by radio station. It reminds me of the Aereo lawsuit, where Aereo let people stream any cable station for free by “renting” out a satellite from them. They lost that lawsuit, but this might be different because:
    1/ The radio industry isn’t losing any money they would have otherwise gained (they aren’t injured)
    2/ 6 Seconds isn’t charging people (yet)

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