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Yahoo!, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio form circle of partnerships with radio this week

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 11:45am

Several new arrangements between the various players were announced in the last seven days, and many of those involved are dancing with multiple partners... so here's our stab at a "clear as mud" review:

TuneIn is a web and mobile "tuning service" which provides users (and device makers) a "one-stop" destination to find thousands of terrestrial and online streams and on-demand audio content. Last week, TuneIn announced (RAIN's coverage here) partnerships with 20 major broadcasting companies, including Fox News Radio, Bloomberg Radio, Public Radio Exchange and Monocle 24. These new partnerships alone added 600 new streams to the TuneIn directory. But they weren't finished. This week the company not only announced a new partnership (in RAIN here) to make available content from Carolla Digital (home to "The Adam Carolla Show," "This Week with Larry Miller," "Penn's Sunday School with Penn Jillette," and more) -- but also revealed (here) the addition of the local station streams from major U.S. radio groups Entercom, Cox, and Emmis (the three groups combined own more than 200 stations).

Interestingly, two of those groups -- Cox and Emmis -- had themselves just announced a similar deal with Clear Channel to make their streams available on CC's iHeartRadio platform as well (coverage here).

Clear Channel also announced a major partnership this week with Yahoo!, making them the "preferred radio" partner of the web giant. In our coverage, here, we had suggested that this new arrangement would elbow out CBS Radio, which had been Yahoo!'s radio partner... but coverage in the L.A. Times (here) and Taylor on Radio-Info (here) reports CBS isn't yet out of the picture. In other words, Yahoo! users who want local radio streams will be directed to Clear Channel (or other iHeartRadio partner) streams... unless they're shown CBS streams. Hmmm.

At least the personalized-radio situation is clearer. Now that Yahoo! and iHeart Radio are BFFs, Yahoo! users who want customized Internet radio will now be steered towards the iHeartRadio's "Custom Stations" feature. That is, unless they end up listening to personalized radio from Yahoo!'s other new partner, Spotify (which recently made free personalizable net radio the "central feature" of its mobile apps (here) -- and with whom Yahoo! also announced a partnership, here), for whom Yahoo! dumped Spotify-competitor Rhapsody

Enough? Or would you like to know that Slacker and ABC Radio are partnering to produce two gender-aimed lifestyle Internet radio talk stations; and that SiriusXM has announced a deal to make its content available via Google TV (coverage for both stories here)?

TuneIn adds Entercom, Cox, Emmis stations to tuning service

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 12:40pm

TuneIn will add the streams of the more than two hundred stations owned by Entercom, Cox, and Emmis with a trio of agreements announced today.

TuneIn aggregates Internet radio streams for consumers (and maintains tuning softward for device makers) on its website and mobile apps, making available more than 70-thousand broadcast and Internet radio stations and more than two million on-demand programs from all over the world.

Just yesterday (see RAIN here) Cox and Emmis announced a similar partnership with Clear Channel, making their streams available on the iHeartRadio tuning platform (Entercom, for its part, does not make its 111 stations' streams available on iHeartRadio).

TuneIn mobile listening explodes as 20 new broadcasters add their streams

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 11:50am

TuneIn mobileWeb radio aggregator TuneIn's mobile audience is growing quickly and listening in longer amounts, the company announced. The service's mobile audience has grown 267% year-ovear-year, while total listening hours have increased 348% over the same period.

TuneIn also announced partnerships with 20 major broadcasting companies, including Fox News Radio, Bloomberg Radio, Public Radio Exchange and Monocle 24. In all, TuneIn's directory gains 600 new station streams.

The aggregator's directory now inclues more than 70,000 stations and around 2 million on-demand programs. It's available on over 150 platforms.

TechCrunch has more coverage here.

Tabletop radio maker Tivoli launches web radio iPhone app

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 11:10am

Tivoli RadioTivoli Audio has launched a new iPhone app, "Tivoli Radio," which offers access to curated selection of Internet radio streams.

"Users can listen to a select number of stations from around the world that were the most popular stations among [Tivoli's] customers. The app includes 10 genres with 10 stations in each of those genres. A 'Tivoli’s Favorites' category is also included," reports 148Apps.

The free app's interface mimics the look of Tivoli's tabletop radios, many of which can stream Internet radio (RAIN coverage here). You can read more about the new app from 148Apps here.

Web radio aggregator TuneIn and CBS Radio strike new deal

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:45am

TuneInTuneIn and CBS Radio have reached a deal to bring the broadcaster's station streams back to TuneIn's web radio directory. The deal is reportedly multi-year and non-exclusive.

CBS Radio removed its streams from TuneIn in August 2011 (RAIN coverage here). CBS Radio hoped listeners would intead use its own Radio.com site to listen to online streams.

CBS Radio“By forging relationships with premiere distribution services such as TuneIn, CBS Radio will significantly grow its audiences by exposing our content to new listeners," said CBS Local Digital Media president Ezra Kucharz. 

TuneIn aggregates more than 50,000 Internet radio streams. It offers the streams through its website, mobile apps and other various consumer electronic devices. The company says it has more than 30 million monthly active listeners.

TuneIn's Vice President of Sales Carl Rohling will be a panelist at RAIN Summit West, discussing "The Connected Dashboard." Find out more here.

Some critics wonder if joining iHeartRadio platform worth pulling streams from other sites

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 11:05am

iHeartRadio's growing networkVarious industry publications and commentators have recently voiced or reported second thoughts about iHeartRadio's role as an aggregator. Specifically, some question the wisdom of going along with Clear Channel's reported exclusivity requirement for joining iHeartRadio.

Clear Channel has recently added hundreds of third-party station streams to iHeartRadio from Greater Media, Cumulus, EMF, Univision, as well as various non-comms and college stations.

Jennifer Lane writes in Audio4Cast that some of these companies "are rumored to have made iHeartRadio their exclusive digital portal." She thinks that's a dangerous move: "Content creators should work with every distribution platform they can to give listeners access in as many ways as they want it." (Find her blog post here.)

That echoes industry journalist Sean Ross, who in late 2011 wrote (more here) "I’m still in favor of station streams being available in as many places as possible," (though with the warning: "aggregation is not curation").

Earlier this month Carleton College "snubbed" an offer from Clear Channel to join iHeartRadio, Radio-Info reported (here). The student station manager said that to join iHeartRadio, the college station "would have to pull its live stream from all other sites" like TuneIn.

Soon after that story broke, an unnamed commercial station executive told Radio-Info's Tom Taylor that his or her station too "had second thoughts about the requirement that we would have to remove our signal from all other Internet services." The executive did not reveal if the station ended up joining iHeartRadio anyway.

Finally, industry commentator Ken Dardis today points to data from Google to argue iHeartRadio isn't as popular, or as easy to find, as you might expect.

"Be careful about getting caught up in hype," he argues (here). "The exclusivity clause offered to new iHeartRadio stations may turn out to be more a shackle for acquiring, than a bridge to exposure."

What do you think? Is going exclusive with iHeartRadio a good idea? Share your opinion by commenting on this article.

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