RAIN 1/20: Clear Channel adds two more "non-CC" broadcasters to iHeartRadio

Paul Maloney
January 20, 2012 - 11:00am

Two of Internet radio's pioneering and most-listened-to broadcasters will make their programming available on Clear Channel's iHeartRadio platform beginning next month.

The renowned KCRW, the non-commercial station from Santa Monica College, and KUSC, one of the largest public radio stations in the U.S. (from the University of Southern California), will both debut on iHeartRadio in February.

"We’re thrilled to add KCRW and KUSC to iHeartRadio and make public radio stations available for our listeners,” said Brian Lakamp, President of Clear Channel Digital, in the company press release. "Adding these public radio stations to iHeartRadio offers listeners an even more interesting and diverse listening experience."

KCRW is best-known worldwide for its flagship program, "Morning Becomes Eclectic," its daily music show that's aired since 1978 (and has been hosted by respected programmers like Nic Harcourt, Chris Douridas, Jason Bentley, and more). KCRW embraced new media early and aggressively, and offers two online-only channels dedicated to all music and all news, podcasts, and its own media player. KUSC is one of the most listened to classical radio stations in the country, and has been on the air for more than 60 years.

Clear Channel has been at a fast 'n furious pace adding broadcast content from beyond the Clear Channel family. Most recently, the company added Greater Media streams to the platform (RAIN coverage here), which now offers more than 800 broadcast and online-only stations and is available online and via mobile app. Public broadcaster WNYC/New York is also available on the iHeartRadio platform.

Michael Schmitt
January 20, 2012 - 11:00am

Facebook and PandoraIn September 2011, Facebook announced new integration with several music services including Slacker, iHeartRadio, Spotify, MOG and Rdio (RAIN coverage here). Pandora, however, was notably absent.

Pandora founder Tim Westergren explains why in a new Huffington Post article. "Music, on the one hand, is a very social thing," he said. "But I think there's also a very private dimension to it."

Facebook's September integration includes the ability to post what music a user is listening to on partner services to the user's Facebook profile. For example, if I listened to Radiohead's "Kid A" on Spotify, a post would appear by default on my Facebook profile telling my friends that I listened to the track (along with a link to Spotify so they could listen too).

Pandora founder Tim WestergrenWestergren says Pandora surveyed its users and found "a small percentage of them want people to know what they're listening to all the time." Pandora does allow users to share specific songs, channels and other content to Facebook.

Pandora in 2010 tried its own integration with Facebook (RAIN coverage here). Westergren says the "blowback" from that (RAIN coverage here and here) taught the company lessons.

Other music services soon saw blowback of their own after the September announcement. Spotify quickly introduced a "private listening" mode (more here), while iHeartRadio also received criticism (RAIN coverage here).

The former service just recently pulled its Facebook login requirement for listening to personalized stations (RAIN coverage here).

You can find Huffington Post's full article here.

Michael Schmitt
January 20, 2012 - 11:00am

ChuChu Tune recommends you break up, sorry!A new app for iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) tests users' compatibility with their significant other by comparing music playlists

Called ChuChu Tune, the process involves the couple holding their phones up together while the app scans both music collections.

If it's not a good match, the app will apparently promptly declare "that the two partners might be better off seeking love elsewhere," reports Springwise.

You can find more coverage here and download the app here.