RAIN 2/15: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation launches streaming radio, music service

Michael Schmitt
February 15, 2012 - 12:10pm

CBC MusicCBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Monday launched an online music service featuring 40 Internet radio stations.

CBC Music -- a free service that appears to be open to all listeners, not just Canadian users -- also offers selections of on-demand music and content from CBC personalities. It's reportedly made possible through an "umbrella" deal with 1,000 music labels.

The service also includes streams of Radio 2 stations and Radio 3.

CBC reports that 25% of Canadians listen to web radio. Jeff Vidler, SVP of Vision Critical Communications, says web radio is "underdeveloped in Canada, relative to other territories. If you look at the U.S. or Britain, it's much higher in terms of use of internet radio services or online music-streaming services."

That's in part due to the absence of major players like Pandora, due to Canada's "tricky rights negotiations." Writes the CBC: "that reticence has now opened the way for Canadian-born initiatives."

CBC's launch comes soon after private radio network Astral launched an on-demand music service (RAIN coverage here and here).

CBC has more coverage here and you can find CBC Music's site here.

Michael Schmitt
February 15, 2012 - 12:10pm

ArbitronIn Arbitron's quarterly call, CFO Sean Creamer said the company's streaming measurement service is still under development, but "the timing is not within our control."

Creamer said the service would combine PPMs, diaries and server-side log data. The service could potentially measure any service, said Creamer, including Pandora, Spotify and iHeartRadio. But Radio Ink reports the company was not specific about which exact services would be measured.

However, Tom Taylor reports Creamer said, "We do believe there is a difference between one-to-many and one-to-one." He apprently suggested there could be "separate reports to differentiate the one-to-many and one-to-one models."

You can find more on the story from today's Taylor on Radio-Info newsletter here or from Radio Ink here. You can find out more about Arbitron's planned streaming measurement service in previous RAIN articles here and here.

Michael Schmitt
February 15, 2012 - 12:10pm

CBS Radio's Audio Roadshow appCBS Radio is in the process of beta testing an iPhone app that allows listeners to interact with live sports shows.

Inside Radio reports CBS' Audio Roadshow app lets listeners rate interviews and topics (through thumbs-up and -down buttons in the app), or participate in polls or questions asked by on-air hosts. “You’ll get real-time feedback from the audience about how a guest is doing,” said CBS Local Digital Media president Ezra Kucharz.

Industry analyst Mark Ramsey applauds the move in his blog (here). "Note to Sports Radio stations: Isn’t this exactly what your station app is supposed to be?"

 

 

Michael Schmitt
February 15, 2012 - 12:10pm

Grace Digital's new Mondo Wi-Fi radioGrace Digital Audio has launched Mondo, reportedly the company's first tabletop Wi-Fi Internet radio device with a color screen.

The device can stream more than 18,000 radio stations (via Reciva's portal), plus Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM streams, DAR.fm, Live365 and a long list of other services.

Grace also will offer a rechargable battery for the $179 Mondo to make it portable. Twice.com has more coverage on the device here.