RAIN 1/9: SiriusXM to offer personalized streaming audio service, Karmazin reveals

Paul Maloney
January 9, 2012 - 9:00am

SiriusXM CEO Mel Karmazin has reportedly indicated that SiriusXM will launch its own Pandora-style personalized streaming audio service, likely within the coming year, according to RBR. Karmazin spoke at the Citi Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference in San Francisco last week.

Karmazin spoke of adding personalization as part of the Sirius 2.0 features at least as early as November of 2010 (see RAIN coverage here). By summer, CNet reported the personalizable service would be available in some cars by 2013 (more here).

"I can assure you that if our subscribers would like to have personalization we’re going to give it to them," Karmazin told conference attendees, as reported by RBR. "So, you should assume, you know, that the idea of personalization is something that Pandora, Spotify and iHeartRadio and Slacker and all of these companies are doing. There is satellite radio and it will expand and make that personalization available, probably this year. I don’t think it’s a big deal. We’re not going into it as a business. We, again, like our business model. But we’re going into it saying, you know what, if our subscribers like that feature and they want to be able to customize content, we’re going to give them the ability to do that."

Read RBR's coverage here.

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Paul Maloney
January 9, 2012 - 9:00am

Online streams of stations in the Greater Media broadcast group will soon be available on Clear Channel's iHeartRadio platform.
Clear Channel announced today Greater Media’s 22 AM and FM radio stations in Boston, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Detroit and New Jersey will be available on the iHeartRadio platform beginning in April. iHeartRadio already offers more than 800 broadcast and online-only radio stations from 150 markets, plus iHeartRadio's custom stations feature.

Last month (our coverage here) Clear Channel announced it would make 570 Cumulus stations available on its application. That followed the addition of EMF's K-Love and Air1 programming (here), public radio WNYC (here), and Univision (here).

Inside Radio recently reported (here) on radio executives calling for the industry "to collectively embrace a universal app where consumers can access all broadcast radio streams, not just those owned by one company."

Paul Maloney
January 9, 2012 - 9:00am

Slacker will inaugurate its live streaming of ESPN Audio shows and sporting events with the BCS Championship title game tonight — top-ranked LSU versus No. 2 Alabama — available to all Slacker listeners via the web player.

Slacker Radio first began making ESPN Audio content available in September (see RAIN coverage here), after announcing their deal the previous March (here). But today is the first offering of live programming. Slacker says other live programming will be available to Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium Radio subscribers. The interactive ESPN Radio station (non-live content) on Slacker will remain free and available to all listeners.