jacAPPS to develop mobile apps for Amazon's Kindle Fire

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 11:30am

Mobile app developer jacAPPS, creator of more than 500 iPhone and Android apps for radio (and other) clients, will now develop applications for Amazon's Kindle Fire.

You probably know the Kindle Fire is Amazon's latest iteration of their popular e-book reader/tablet computer. It has a multi-touch color display, it can stream video and audio, and supports various apps for increased functionality. Consumers snapped up more than 4 million Kindle Fires in Q4 2011.

Paul Jacobs is VP/GM of jacAPPS (which itself is a division of media consultancy Jacobs Media). He said, "While iPads dominate the tablet market, the Kindle Fire represents a surge in high-functioning devices that combine accessing reading material with the app experience... we want our mobile clients to be able to connect with these consumers on these hot new devices."

The jacAPPS client list includes public radio’s "Car Talk," C-SPAN Radio, the Taste Of Atlanta, WEEI/Boston, and many others.


Tablet ownership in U.S. nearly doubles over holidays

Monday, January 23, 2012 - 11:00am

TabletsThe share of U.S. adults who own a tablet device just about doubled over the holiday season. A new survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 19% of U.S. adults owned a tablet in early January, up from 10% in mid-December.

Amazon's Kindle Fire, Barnes and Noble's Nook Tablet and Apple's iPad all helped drive the growth, Pew states.

MacRumors points out (here) that the expected release of the iPad 3 in coming months -- coupled with Apple's recent moves in the education and textbook markets -- may help push iPad ownership even higher.

Amazon offering smartphones, minus the iPhone, for one penny

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 11:10am

Motorola Droid RazrAmazon is selling all smartphones (minus the iPhone) for one penny with a new two-year contract until Monday. That includes phones like the pictured Motorola Droid Razr, which costs $299 at Verizon's website.

You can find more coverage here and the phones on Amazon here.

Some find Amazon's Kindle Fire makes a great dedicated Internet-radio device

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 1:05pm

Last week Amazon made big news when the latest version of its Kindle e-book reader, the Kindle Fire, shipped. Actually, all the new functionality of the Kindle Fire makes it more like a tablet computer than a mere e-reader. And apparently, it's a really good Internet radio device.Kindle Fire

"The Kindle Fire is almost perfect for my favorite kind of media: Internet radio," wrote industry observer Matthew Lasar in Radio Survivor. "Its relatively small size, nice WiFi interface, attractive display, and simple speaker outlet make it a great dedicated broadband radio device."

The device is built on a "forked" version of the Android mobile OS, and as such, can run various Android apps (available in the Amazon Appstore). It can stream video, and offers a full-function web browser and built-in e-mail application. 

Taking advantage of the Kindle Fire's smaller size and lower price-point, it's more logical to use it for a dedicated, specialized purpose like Internet radio than, say, and Apple iPad, reasons Lasar. Internet radio Android apps also apparently work well, and look good, on the device.

"Pandora looks much classier on the device than it does on either my Droid X or my desktop screen. Leaning the Kindle horizontally against a paper book (oh the irony) just above my keyboard gives me easy access to the standard Pandora choices: like, dislike, skip, pause, and next. There’s plenty of blank space across the screen—no visual crowding, even with the ads... Ditto for TuneIn Radio... (It) looks and sounds great on the Kindle Fire. For me, TuneIn’s desktop interface is too big and its smart phone interface is too small. But on Kindle Fire it looks just right—just like an Internet radio interface ought to display."

Our own AccuRadio, by the way, worked and sounded great when we accessed it through the Kindle Fire's web browser (AccuRadio does not yet offer a dedicated Android app). What works even better is the beta version of our new AccuRadio user interface, available at

And, if you're a fan of on-demand streaming service Rdio: You can access it through the Kindle Fire. Or, might want to pick up the new Kobo Vox tablet, as it comes preloaded on that device (read more here).

Lasar, who wrote the Radio Survivor piece, teaches U.S. history and broadcasting/telecommunications policy at the UC Santa Cruz. He's written two books about Pacifica Radio, and also writes for Read his column in Radio Survivor here.

Pure to sell Contour Net radio in U.S.

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:00am

Pure's Contour radioPure's tabletop Internet radio Contour will be sold to U.S. customers through Amazon. Amazon is reportedly the European-based Pure's first U.S. retailer, but the company is expected to announce other retailers soon.

The Contour ($330) streams Internet radio stations, plays FM radio and features an iPod/iPhone dock. Radio World has more coverage here.

Kindle gains streaming abilities with new tablet

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 9:00am

Amazon's new Kindle Fire will support third-party apps, reportedly including one from PandoraAmazon yesterday unveiled a new line of Kindles including an Android-powered tablet which includes streaming abilities. Called the Kindle Fire, it will run third-party apps -- reportedly including offerings from Pandora and Netflix. It will also include access to Amazon's cloud music service

The Kindle Fire lands in November for $200. That relatively low price tag in particular means that potentially millions of consumers will soon be carrying around a device (designed for other purposes) that will enable them to wirelessly connect to online radio. The Chicago Sun-Times has more coverage here.

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