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Large US radio broadcaster inks iPhone app deal

Radio shows from 62 US stations are now available to iPhone and iPod Touch owners running the Radiolicious application following a landmark deal between developers, MySimBook and US radio network, Regent Communications.

Regent owns and operates 62 stations (50 FM and 12 AM) clustered in 13 markets in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Texas.

Now Regent’s 57 existing internet radio station streams will be made available through Radiolicious. Regent is the first major radio group to contract for all of its streaming stations to be available through the application.

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Talk radio takes new iTwist

Juicy Development’s Talk Radio 1.0 ($1.99) uses location-aware searching to find local talk shows, while only for the US right now the international database is growing and it seems likely a future software update will make the application useful in additional countries.

iTunes gets Clear Channel and FM radio tagging

Clear Channel has made ten of its AM/FM and Internet radio streams available to iPhone and iPod touch owners through its newly released iHeartRadio application.

The application draws content from the channel’s streaming radio website, and is being made available for free. The website also offers music news, live performances, ringtones, lyrics and more.

iPhone users playing music using the application can also take a look at album art and song lyrics which accompany the music. Oh, and they also get streamed ads, provided by Ando.

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Beck gets Sirius

Musician Beck is to take over the Left of Center channel on Sirius XM Radio for the entire weekend beginning Friday, October 10.

Radio Beck will premiere on Friday, October 10 at 3pm ET and will air through Sunday, October 12, coinciding with the US release of Beck’s current album ‘Modern Guilt’.

Fans will get to hear Beck’s favourite artists and some Beck tracks. Sirius listeners will hear a live recording of Beck’s performance at the Austin City Limits Festival from September 27, 2008.

The (now merged) satellite radio channels have engaged in similar set-ups in the past, with the likes of Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Buffett, Elvis, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters.

UPDATED: iPhone boosts Pandora growth

UPDATED STORY – (Error First, Westergreen said that the iPhone accounts for half of Pandora’s NEWusers , not total users. Second, Pandora doubled growth):

The iPhone has helped Pandora double its growth rate, revealed company chief Tim Westergreen at Digital Music Forum West last week.

Westergreen also noted the imminent shakedown among webcasters, now MySpace Music has launched with major label support. “I think the fate of the small webcasters will be determined in the next few months,” he said.

The iPhone has been a Pandora growth story, he confirmed – iPhone accounts for 1.5 million of Pandora’s 17 million members – and has doubled growth rate from 20,000 to 40,000+ new users each day. “It has people thinking a little differently about what internet radio is,” Westergreen said, noting that attempts to prove a subscription model for access to content have so far failed.

But Westergreen doesn’t buy into the ‘access not ownership’ mantra that’s causing so much excitement: “I think I listen to iTunes more than Pandora… I’m not somebody who believes that’s all going to vanish,” he added, but pointed out, “People don’t want to have to work for their music” he said.

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iPhone users gain hundreds of indie radio channels

Indie-focused online music radio broadcaster, BreakThru Radio is using technology from TVersity to offer on-demand radio shows to iPhone users.

The news means the broadcaster’s diverse range of channels – covering the gamut, from reggae to rock and (as far as we here can tell from a morning’s flicking between channels) really quite listenable.

Access is easy, iPhone users simply need to navigate to http://209.17.190.165/ in Safari on their device. One there they will be presented with a series of drop-down menus which allow them to choose the on-demand show they want to hear. Continue reading

BBC confirms iPlayer now offers radio for iPhone

iPhone users can now access the BBC’s full selection of radio shows using iPlayer and their Apple mobile (or iPod touch).

You can listen to radio shows up to seven days after they were broadcast. Shows are made available in MP3 format, compressed to 128kb/s, and listeners must have a WiFi connection active in order to download the shows.

The BBC’s Mark Friend (Controller, Multiplatform & Interactive, Audio & Music Interactive) observed, “One of the secrets of radio’s success has been the ability to listen to it while you’re on the move.

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Thievery Corporation + iLike, Facebook, iTunes

DJ and production duo Thievery Corporation have teamed up with iLike and Facebook to stream their new album ‘Radio Retaliation’ exclusively across iLike beginning September 19, five days before the album’s release on September 23.

This is the first time iLike and Facebook have jointly promoted a worldwide listening event, which will take place during the album’s exclusive window of pre-order availability at iTunes. Additionally, Thievery Corporation have made a series of video messages, in which they introduce and discuss their highly anticipated new album, that iLike will premier and distribute across the Web.
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BBC Radio 3 plans online video broadcasts

BBC Radio 3 is to film a series of up to 12 concerts given by its own performing groups to be broadcast on the channel from 26 September, and then made available for online viewing.

The concerts – by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers – will first be broadcast on Radio 3’s Performance on 3 (weekdays at 7.00pm) and then be made available online for audiences to watch in high quality vision, as well as hear.

Music-lovers will be able to watch the performances and watch interviews with artists and composers about the music.
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