4/29/13: AOL Music shuts down

Paul Maloney
April 29, 2013 - 12:00pm

Word began to leak on Friday afternoon -- via former employees on Twitter -- that AOL Music has shut down.

AOL Music's rock news property Spinner (itself an early pioneer in online radio) will reportedly continue to operate AOL Radio channels. Spinner editor Dan Reilly first began to tweet about staff layoffs early Friday afternoon. AOL Radio program director Thomas Chau later tweeted to clarify that AOL Radio would not be part of the closings.

At one time AOL Radio music streams were featured on CBS Radio's Radio.com platform. In October of 2011, AOL Radio channels instead became available within Slacker's interface (see RAIN here).

AllThingsDigital reminds us of "Microsoft’s (2006) shuttering of MSN Music, while Yahoo closed the doors on its Yahoo Music services in 2008, as well as shutting down its MusicMatch service the year prior (just three years after acquiring it in 2004 for $160 million)."

Read more from AllThingsDigital here and Mashable here.

Paul Maloney
April 29, 2013 - 12:00pm

EGTA is a non-profit trade association for television and radio sales based in Brussels. So it's appropriate for Matthew Carver, radio coordinator for EGTA, to lead our discussion of audience metrics at RAIN Summit West May 23 in Brussels. Carver will moderate "Every Listener Counts," a panel discussion on the best ways to measure online radio listening.

Like Carver, panelist Erik Barraud is based in Brussels. He's product manager for AdsWizz, which offers the AudioMetrix audience measurement software suite. AdsWizz also provides online audio and video ad solutions.

Triton Digital offers its clients its own audience measurement and ad sales solutions. Also on the panel will be Triton's top source for insight on tallying online listening, U.S.-based Robert Favre, who is CCO/GM of data and measurement. Robert served as SVP of technology for Ando Media, the audience metrics and ad-delivery provider, now owned by Triton.

Rounding out the panel will be Frederic Antelme, director of brands, content, and digital for radio group Top Radio Vermarktung in Berlin. Antelme manages brand strategy for the Kiss FM, RS2, and Berliner Rundfunk brands, overseeing corporate identity, ad campaigns, website development, social media strategies, and mobile apps. He was formerly a director at the German subsidiary of webcaster GOOM Radio.

RAIN Summit Europe will also feature a presentation from SBS Discovery Media executive Simon Gooch, on its Radio Play platform.

SBS Discovery Media was just formed this month, when Discovery Communications (the U.S. company that began as, and still owns, The Discovery Channel) acquired SBS Nordic, a major Scandinavian commercial broadcaster. Radio Play is the platform that aggregates SBS Radio's live streams with on-demand content from across the company, and offers listeners the ability to create their own stations based on SBS's music library. Gooch is the Nordic manager of Radio Play.

We have all the information you need for RAIN Summit Europe, including links to register for the conference and the day's full agenda, on our RAIN Summit Europe page.

Paul Maloney
April 29, 2013 - 12:00pm

Securenet Systems has just released its latest mobile app for the iPhone/iPad for its client stations.

Clients can customize most of their mobile app features via the radio station manager’s Control Panel, like logo updates, editing station info, and player skin changes on their app. The station manager Control Panel can be used to manage both iPhone and Android versions of the app simultaneously.

Securenet Systems is a Florida based streaming services provider for radio, serving over 2,000 radio stations in more than 40 countries. Its services include streaming, audio/video ad-insertion, display banner serving, royalty accounting, listener metrics, and mobile listener apps.

Securenet's press release is here.