Internet radio social coming to AOL Shoutcast

AOL is to relaunch its online radio service, SHOUTcast.com, next week.

SHOUTcast.com claims a daily global audience of 500,000 plus. Hypebot informs to expect improved search, new user feedback options and “increased monetization”.

“A search toolbar, a Facebook application, a SHOUTcast blog, new skins, and a widget that can be integrated across several social networking groups,” should also feature in the new version.

Launched back in 1999, the SHOUTcast network now includes over 25,000 stations, which attract anywhere between 500,000 and 600,000 listeners daily, mediapost adds.

Improved integration with WinAmp and other media players, including iTunes, is also part of the upgrade (suggesting Apple may at last put some improvement work into iTunes radio).

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