7/24/13: Clear Channel beta launches on-demand talk platform iHeartRadio Talk

Paul Maloney
July 24, 2013 - 12:35pm

Clear Channel today beta launched iHeartRadio Talk, a platform that offers on-demand professional and listener-created talk content -- which the company calls "audiosodes" -- through a partnership with Spreaker.

The centerpiece of the new system is called "Daily Pulse." This is a customizable channel of talk content with news and "culture highlights," to which listeners can add their favorite content.

The Spreaker partnership licenses that company's technology to enables users to capture, process, and upload their own created audio content to iHeartRadio Talk. An editorial staff will run a "quality control" on submitted content.

Featured exclusive iHeartRadio Talk content will sourced from The Huffington Post, Ryan Seacrest, Univision, and The Wall Street Journal. Clear Channel says iHeartRadio Talk will be the exclusive digital radio platform for ABC's "Good Morning America," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and "The View."

TechCrunch also covers the launch here.

Paul Maloney
July 24, 2013 - 12:35pm

Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann has filed suit against a company called MediaNet, described by Billboard as "essentially a white label that serves up more than 22 million songs to over 40 music services including Yahoo Music, Playlist.com, eBay and various online radio services."

Mann claims the service has willfully infringed on her copyrights through the unlicensed use of her music, and induced copyright infringement by its partners. She's asking for statutory damages which could end up as high as $18 million.

MediaNet CEO Frank Johnson says Mann's claim is without merit, and says his company has properly licensed Mann's music since 2003, and have made regular royalty payments.

Formerly known as MusicNet, the company was founded in 1999 and backed by music label groups BMG and EMI, along with AOL and RealNetworks. It was on online music store and the music industry's poorly-received answer to the then popular filesharing service Napster. MusicNet and the rival UMG/Sony Music-backed Pressplay were named two of PC World's "25 Worst Tech Products of All Time."

After being acquired by private investors, "the company appears to have had an interesting, legally contentious road toward becoming some form of back office aggregator of music for dozens of online music services," Billboard wrote.

For its coverage, GigaOm commented, "In the bigger picture, the MediaNet affair looks like part of a long and unfortunate history of middlemen in the music industry who have exploited, or outright robbed, the musicians they’re supposed to represent." Such cases "show how musicians’ financial woes arise not just from low streaming royalties, but from the complicated way in which music money is collected and distributed... Going forward, musicians can’t simply rail that streaming services should pay higher fees. They must also explain how to create a more rational system of payments to ensure they receive those higher fees in the first place."

Read Mann's complaint here. Billboard's reporting is here. And there's more from GigaOm here.

Paul Maloney
July 24, 2013 - 12:35pm

We wanted to give you a reminder that the $99 "early bird" registration offer for RAIN Summit Orlando ends Wednesday, July 31 -- one week from today -- which is also the deadline for nominations for the RAIN Internet Radio Awards.

RAIN Summit Orlando will be at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel on Tuesday, September 17th, during NAB/RAB Radio Show Week. Entercom president/CEO David Field will keynote. More info and a link to register, are here.

The Summit will conclude with the presentation of the fourth annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards, which recognize the achievements and the best practices of the Internet radio industry. For more info and to submit your service for consideration, see our dedicated page here.

Paul Maloney
July 24, 2013 - 12:35pm

Mobile app developer for the radio industry (and more!) jacAPPS announced in May it hit the "19 million downloads" mark.

A Jacobs Media company, jacAPPS has developed more than 775 mobile applications.

President Paul Jacobs commented, "jacAPPS started as a concept with a narrow focus on radio. Today, we are rapidly becoming a leading full-service mobile apps provider in multiple categories."

In addition to serving as the House Developer for the Ford Motor Company, jacAPPS has developed mobile apps on multiple platforms for clients like Food Tripping, The Ann Arbor Art Fairs, WGN Television, and public radio’s "Car Talk" program.