RAIN 11/4: BBC to offer immense audio archive online with "Audiopedia" website

Paul Maloney
November 4, 2011 - 8:10am

The BBC has announced it will launch a new website -- called "Audiopedia" for the moment -- that will offer nearly its entire archive of speech radio programming dating back to the 1940s. The site is slated to go live within the next 12 months.

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BBC logoOther publishers, as well as the general public, will be able to search, listen, and share audio ranging from every one of the annual Reith lectures (like Robert Openheimer, father of the atomic bomb; and the first lecturer, Bertand Russell), hundreds of episodes of Desert Island Discs (including appearances by Tony Blair and the Duchess of Kent) to audio of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declaring war on Germany and Alfred Hitchcock explaining how he picked music for his movies. 
 
BBC Radio 4 presenter Sue MacGregor writes in The Telegraph, "Just a quick click allowed me to listen to Sir William Beveridge announcing his proposals for a new welfare state, Richard Dimbleby recounting the horrors of Belsen, and Jon Snagge reading the formal announcement from Sandringham that King George VI had died peacefully in his sleep."
 
"The BBC is working on how best to present Audiopedia at the moment but most people will probably access the new on demand content via other pieces of related content they are already listening to across the BBC website," BBC Audio and Music director Tim Davie told The Telegraph. "Audiopedia will not be a closed library. We will link to other broadcasters’ content." 

Read more on Audiopedia from The Telegraph here and here.

Michael Schmitt
November 4, 2011 - 8:10am

Smartphone ownership is growing, according to NielsenA new survey from Nielsen has found that 62% of cellphone users between 25 and 34 years old own a smartphone. "That's critical mass," said Nielsen's director of telecom research and insights Don Kellogg.

Overall, 43% of cellphone users own a smartphone. Android is the most popular smartphone OS with 43% of the market, but Apple is the top manufacturer (28% of smartphone owners said they have an iPhone).

The New York Times has more coverage here.

Michael Schmitt
November 4, 2011 - 8:10am

David OxenfordEarlier this week Pandora announced a partnership with DMX to license its stations to businesses (RAIN coverage here). Yesterday Radio-Info's Tom Taylor asked industry attorney and Davis Wright Tremaine partner David Oxenford (pictured) to explain the royalty situation for businesses playing music to customers. As usual with royalties, the requirements are more complicated than you might expect.

You can find Oxenford's explanation in yesterday's Taylor on Radio-Info newsletter here and more on the Broadcast Law Blog here.

Michael Schmitt
November 4, 2011 - 8:10am

Roku will add a Pandora button to its remote controlsRoku, the maker of TV boxes that stream web content from Netflix among many services, will soon add a dedicated Pandora button to their remote controls.

Pandora is reportedly one of the top five most popular "channels" on Roku. The Pandora button-touting remotes should arrive early this month.

Find more from Pandora's press release here.