RAIN 9/22: RAIN reviews new webcaster with focus on local live music

Michael Schmitt
September 22, 2011 - 12:00am

Deli Radio is aDeli Radio's website and player new Internet radio service with an emphasis on local live music and indepedent artists. Founded by Wayne Skeen, also CEO of the California-based record label Ninth Street Opus, Deli Radio allows users to build instant radio-like playlists filled with music from independent artists playing a show near a specificed location.

Users can also listen to music from bands that call a certian location home, and can filter their station by proximity, date, venue, genre or a specific artist.

As SFWeekly points out (here), the site is rough around the edges. As it's up to artists to upload their own music, some selections are quite sparse (for example, trying to create a Chicago station turned up only one artist).

That said, the site is easy to use and it's a great tool to discover artists you've probably never heard of before. The emphasis on live music -- with prominent information about where the currently-playing artist is appearing next -- sets Deli Radio apart.

All in all, an interesting Internet radio site with potential. -- MS

Michael Schmitt
September 22, 2011 - 12:00am

Stitcher's iPad appSan Francisco-based Stitcher -- "the Pandora of Internet talk radio," as GigaOM describes it -- has raised $10 million in new funding. The company's CEO, Noah Shanok, says they will use the new investment to build a direct ad sales team, add enhancements for service providers and generally improve their service.

Stitcher allows users to create personalized talk radio stations. GigaOM reports (here) that the company has 3.4 million users.

Michael Schmitt
September 22, 2011 - 12:00am

MyxerMobile technology company Myxer has announced a new service called Social Radio which will reportedly allow Facebook users to listen to Internet radio in real-time.

Much like Turntable.fm, Myxer Social Radio will let users create or join virtual "rooms," in which they hear the same music at the same time as anyone else in the room. Myxer says the service will launch in Q4 2011.

You can find more information from the company's press release here.

Michael Schmitt
September 22, 2011 - 12:00am

SpotifyOn-demand music service Spotify has reportedly acquired around 400,000 paying U.S subscribers since it launched in the country, bringing its total subscriber number to more than 2 million. That's up from 1.6 million in July, according to Mashable. Spotify is expected to announce a partnership with Facebook today. Find more coverage here.