An interesting proposition: “Mixcloud helps connect radio content to listeners more effectively. Mixcloud is re-thinking radio by joining the dots between radio shows, Podcasts and DJ mixes. We refer to them as Cloudcasts – audio shows that are stored in the “cloud” and available to be streamed on-demand.”
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.
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 https://188.8.131.52/ 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
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.
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.
Virgin Radio boss, Clive Dickens, is discussing a subscription music service that has more in common with the recently-announced Sky/Universal service than any a la carte or fixed price notion.
Dickens explains: “Our model is about looking at the technology available and working out the balance between DRM and DRM-free. What we’re suggesting is the monthly subscription can vary. If you’re going to pay £5 a month you would get a certain amount of subscription and, say, five tracks to keep a month and if you pay £10 you’d get a certain amount of subscription and 10 tracks to keep each month,” he told Music Week.
Pure Digital today revealed it has sold two million of its brand of digital radios worldwide, and confirmed interest in digital radio has grown c. 400 per cent.
The company took six years to sell its first one million digital radios, a landmark the company announced in December 2006. It then took just 18 months to reach the next million landmark.
The news follows last week’s approval of the merger of the two firms following an extensive period of government scrutiny of the deal, ending when the US FCC gave the deal the go-ahead last week.
The new company will be named Sirius XM Radio, and will have more than 18.5 million subscribers, making it the second-largest radio company, based upon revenue, in the country; and, based upon subscribers, the second largest subscription media business in the US.
PURE has introduced a portable DAB/FM radio called the ONE Mini, a £39.99 device that should bring digital radio to a wider audience. The device is a compact version of the best-selling PURE ONE, which has consistently been the most popular such radio in the UK since launch.
ONE Mini offers up to 20 hours of listening when fitted with the optional rechargeable ChargePAK. It can also act as a speaker for an iPod or MP3 player thanks to its auxiliary input connection. Additional features include 16 presets, a headphone socket, a USB socket for future updates and textSCAN, which lets listeners pause and control scrolling text, giving them time to note down web addresses, competition phone numbers or song titles.
ONE Mini comes in black, white or baby pink.