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.
Digital media sales racked up their slowest quarter in quite some time in the second quadrant of this year, with iTunes sales down 7 per cent, Strategy Analytics claims.
The latest report from the research team reveals revenue growth for Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple (in its music related products and services, aka iTunes, category), and AOL saw an overall 0.8 per cent slowdown quarter on quarter, down from 3.3 per cent in the previous quarter and 3.4 per cent in the same period last year, Rafat Ali writes. Google was the only one of the five to see improved revenues.
America Online and American Express are working together on a new fan-focused website, Tour Tracker, that lets music lovers track tours by their preferred acts and enables them to buy tickets.
Hosted by AOL Music the site is sponsored by Amex. Amex is offering discounts on ticket prices for Amex card holders. With a view to the new generation of Johnny Five music fan in its eternal quest for “input, input, input”, the site also offers pictures taken during tours, discussion groups, news and other information, including editor’s picks, Billboard reports.