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Google adds the famous “I’m feeling lucky” button to its music service

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 10:25am

Trademark features live long lives. “I’m Feeling Lucky” appeared with the earliest versions of Google Search, giving users a fun roulette experience in search results. In those days, in the dawn of modern web-search intelligence, the “feeling lucky” feature conveyed a fun sense of shining a flashlight into the web’s enormous haystack, searching for a needle.

Google quickly built its reputation on smart and useful results -- no luck necessary. But to this day, the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button remains firmly installed below the keyword search box on Google’s home page. It is a brand identifier.

Now Google has imported the luck experience to its All Access subscription music service, with “I’m feeling lucky radio.” Based on the user’s listening history, the feature doesn’t differ in principle from personalized recommendations found in most jukebox services. It’s the capriciously blind quality which sets it apart, just as in the web search engine. You don’t get a glimpse of the playlist. The function provides a quick, no-thought, lean-back experience when you’re not in the mood to make choices.

RAIN’s test of the feature, which appeared on an update of Google Play’s Android app, has been erratic. At first, the button rotated through locally stored tracks. We turned it off and gave it an hour to settle into its new home. Trying again, it played a radio stream, as the feature promises. We feel reasonably lucky … but, being customization fiends, we’ll abandon the lucky button and resume personal choices before long.

iHeart and Google make pre-iTunes Radio updates

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 11:10am

Whether by coincidence, or as deliberate attempts to steal a bit of the spotlight on “Apple event day” (arguably a national holiday for the technorati), iHeartRadio and Google introduced updates to their Internet radio products.

iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's broad aggregation platform that offers live terrestrial streams, house-curated stations such as the popular All Beatles & Stones Radio, and user-generated artist stations, put a spotlight on talk radio with additional enhancements for the iHeartRadio Talk function on iOS and Android mobile apps (see more on iHeartRadio's Talk feature in RAIN coverage here). The new directory is live on the web interface and the updated iOS app which dropped into Apple’s store yesterday (Android update coming Thursday).

The new Talk section breaks out a list of talk-radio genres stocked with a range of listening options. Major-network participation from ABC News is apparent in several categories. Welcome exposure is given to specialty programs that many users might not be aware of, or would have difficulty tracking down, such as Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock. Podcasts are sprinkled about. The iOS app experience is impaired by lack of a persistent search box (which usefully exists on the web site), and is aggravated by pre-roll video ads, which are persistent.

Meanwhile, the unfortunately-named Google Play Music All Access updated its Android app with genre stations -- a default feature of most interactive streamers. Adding them now underlines Google’s failure to launch with a genre directory when the service started in May, and emphasizes a certain slapdashery in the Internet radio space (we’re looking at you, too, Xbox Music).

All signs point to a more deliberate and imperialistic rollout of iTunes Radio, possibly as early as this afternoon. The Apple event (1pmEDT / 10amPDT) will certainly deliver information about it and its release date.

These update maneuvers from iHeart and Google do not diminish Apple’s publicity clout, but they perhaps do insert themselves into the internet radio mindspace which is on full alert this week, and re-engage the interest of users at a dangerous time when everyone will want to get a taste of Apple’s new music experience.

Great RAIN Summit West coverage in industry trades

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 2:15pm

Over the next few days, we'll be recapping the panels and presentations from the RAIN Summit West conference in Las Vegas on Sunday right here in RAIN, as well as archived audio of the entire day's content from TuneIn and Backbone Networks. Today we want to point out some of the fine coverage of the event in these other industry news sources:

Tom Taylor Now (which was a media sponsor of the event) has excellent summaries of the Summit's first segment in its early Monday morning edition here.  

Inside Radio published extensive, front-to-back coverage of the Summit on Monday morning as well, here.

All Access also went wall-to-wall with keynote, panel, and presentation summaries here.

RadioInfo has coverage today too, here.

Thanks to all these news sources for their coverage of RAIN Summit West.

Joe Kennedy to join Worldwide Radio Summit 2012

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 11:05am

Joe KennedyPandora president/CEO Joe Kennedy will join "The Future of Radio" keynote session on April 27, as part of the Worldwide Radio Summit 2012.

The Summit takes place from April 27-28 at the W Hotel in Hollywood. It's presented by A&R Worldwide and All Access, which has more coverage here.


Jelli and Emmis launch five crowdsourced web radio stations

Friday, September 23, 2011 - 12:00pm

JelliCrowdsourcing radio service Jelli has partnered with Emmis to launch five web radio stations that are completely programmed by user voting. The new stations include HOT 97 (after WQHT in New York), POWER 106 (after KPWR in Los Angeles), RXP, Funk Master Flex and HOT 97 Throwback.

The new stations integrate with Facebook, allowing listeners to "add what they're listening to on their Facebook profile and share with friends, who can quickly tune in a help shape the playlist." All Access has more coverage here.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 12:00pm

Jacobs Media and AllAccess will reveal the findings of the “TechSurvey 7” in a free webinarscheduled for Wednesday, June 8th (one week from today).

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