RAIN 10/5: Lower iPhone prices may be the biggest news for Internet radio

Michael Schmitt
October 5, 2011 - 12:00pm
Apple's new iPhone 4S
Apple may not have unveiled a radical new iPhone model yesterday, but analysts say the company's new lower prices are a bold step. In addition to the new iPhone 4S ($200-400), Apple will also offer the previous-generation iPhone 4 starting at $100 and the now two-generations-old iPhone 3GS for free.
The new range of prices, writes the New York Times, will help put iPhones in more people's hands and better compete with Android. ZDNet agrees, writing that "Apple hit every price point to appeal to emerging markets as well as mainstream cost-conscious folks."
Perhaps more importantly for Internet radio, the new prices could very well help make mobile web radio a mainstream medium.
Bringing the iPhone 4 and 4S to Sprint -- in addition to AT&T and Verizon -- should help expand Apple's reach as well.
You can find the New York Times' coverage here and ZDNet's analysis here
Paul Maloney
October 5, 2011 - 12:00pm

Bob MacciniFormer Ando Media CEO Bob Maccini (now a managing director at Angel Street Capital) suggests another great feature of the upcoming Apple iPhone 4S and its implication for Internet radio: the Siri voice-recognition capability, which will allow hands-/eyes-free navigation of listening options.

Maccini writes today, "I envision asking Siri to: 'stream mvyradio.com,' 'skip song,' 'don’t play that artist,' 'pause,' 'raise volume,' 'share this track with my friends.'  The possibilities are endless and the concern over accessing content while driving and navigating through listening options is going to disappear."

Read Bob's blog here. Maccini is managing director at Angel Street Capital, and director at Aritaur Communications. He's former CEO of Ando Media (now part of Triton Digital).

Michael Schmitt
October 5, 2011 - 12:00pm
Pandora's gift card at Target
Gift cards for Pandora, MOG and Rdio are now available at Target retail stores. Pandora's card is $36 and offers the recipenat one year of the webcaster's premium subscription service. MOG's cards offer one ($10) or two ($20) months of service, while Rdio's cards range from $10-100.
"The gift card model for subscription streaming services makes a lot of sense," wrote Mashable when MOG announced their gift cards in late August (here). Putting gift cards in retail stores seems especially smart as the holdiay season approaches.
You can find Pandora's press release about their new gift cards here.
Michael Schmitt
October 5, 2011 - 12:00pm

MOG's TV interfaceOn-demand music service MOG has expanded its reach to Samsung web-connected TVs and Blu-ray players bought since 2010. MOG joins Pandora, Napster and other apps already available on such devices.

The service is also available on LG TVs and home theater devices (RAIN coverage here).