MusicRadiator: A "lean-back" web app by The Echo Nest offers hundreds of genre streams

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 1:20pm

MusicRadiator is pretty cool "music discovery" web app engineers from The Echo Nest put together, that streams music from various artists by genre (In other words, it's what the vast majority of consumers and less-uptight professionals would term "radio." I know!).

All a listener need do is choose from the bewilderingly vast array of genres (really, it might be awhile before we get to "mandopop," "trapstep," and "Albanian pop") and listen. Actually, one needn't even do that: the channel "The EchoNest Discovery," a multi-genre stream of "brand-shiny-new songs that you're hearing before pretty much anybody else" launches as soon as the app loads.

It's built on Rdio's music library (Rdio is a client of The Echo Nest), so only Rdio customers hear full songs (otherwise, it's 30-second snippets). Listeners can skip forwards and backwards, and rate songs ("thumbs down" and it won't be played for you again, "thumbs up" and the song is added to your Rdio collection).

Check out MusicRadiator here. covers the app here.

Personalized podcast delivery app Swell raises $5.4 million

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 11:30am

Swell is a new iOS mobile app (it just launched late last month) that makes podcast/spoken word listening a more radio-like, "lean-back" experience based on your preferences.

The company has now announced it's raised $5.4 million in Series A funding.

Swell has partnered with content sources like NPR, American Public Media, and ABC News. It also includes podcasts from the BBC, CBC, Comedy Central, TED Talks, and more. Tech Crunch wrote (here): "When we wrote about Stitcher’s growth last year, we said it was starting to sound like 'the Pandora of talk radio.' Stitcher, however, actually follows more of an on-demand model — you choose what you want to listen to (although there are also content recommendations). Swell, on the other hand, is closer to the Pandora experience, where you just open the app, hit play, and interesting content should immediately start streaming."

Find Swell here. TechCrunch has more, including a video walk-thru, here.

Clear Channel releases iHeartRadio app for Windows Phone 8

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 1:40pm

Clear Channel has launched its iHeartRadio app for Windows Phone 8 app. For two weeks beginning today, iHeartRadio will be featured in Microsoft's "Summer of Appiness" campaign, which encourages customers to visit their local Microsoft retail store to experience the latest version of the app.

More than 1,500 live radio station streams are available on iHeartRadio (in addition to Clear Channel-owned broadcasters, the app also includes streams from Univision, Cumulus, Greater Media stations, WNYC, EMF's Contemporary Christian Air1 and K-Love stations, college radio, Cox, Emmis, Salem and others). It also offers user-created "Custom Stations" and Songza-like "Perfect For" mood-related stations. Clear Channel has recently added what it calls the "Discovery Tuner" to iHeartRadio. With it, the listener can adjust a Custom Station to play more familiar songs, or select "Less Familiar" to play a wider variety (we've seen this type of "slider" control with SiriusXM's MySXM and Slacker).

The new Windows Phone 8 app will enable users to pin stations directly to the phone's Start screen as Live Tiles for quick launch, and will allow users to view what's playing without opening the app.

New Rhapsody "companion" app adds touring info to functionality of streaming service

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 1:50pm

Streaming music service Rhapsody has launched a new "companion app," focused on artist touring and selling concert tickets.

The new app combines the company's on-demand music streaming service with an easy way for listeners to find live events and purchase tickets.

Rhapsody president Jon Irwin keynoted RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas in April. He spoke of the importance of connecting artists and listeners in meaningful ways, and going beyond simply delivering music in the effort to create "the Ultimate Stream."

This is Rhapsody's second "companion app," after the Songmatch app that identifies music (like Shazam) and can automatically add it to Rhapsody playlists. The new Rhapsody Concerts app was released for iOS today, with Android to follow.

Our recap of Irwin's RAIN Summit West keynote speech is here, and you can hear complete audio here. CNet reports on the new Rhapsody Concerts app here.

Earbits Android app combines your music with indie "royalty-free" tracks it recommends for your tastes

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 11:50am

Earbits has come out with a new Android mobile app that combines your music collection with music from independent artists (which Earbits gets royalty-free) it thinks you'll like.

The company explains that the new app "intelligently blends users’ songs into its 350 channels of commercial-free music... Consumers can play Earbits curated channels or songs on their mobile devices, switching seamlessly between their music and Earbits' catalog."

Hypebot reports that in exchange for the free use of artists' music, "Earbits supports artists' promotional efforts by gathering emails, rewarding listeners [with what they call "Groovies"] for social engagement such as Facebook shares and providing artists with as much data as possible." Earbits allows artists to pay in exchange for further promotional emphasis.

Read more in Hypebot here.

Radionomy launches app for new Windows platform

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 3:05pm

Radionomy is the Belgian-based platform for enthusiasts to create and stream their own online radio stations. Radionomy has just launched its new app for Windows 8 or Windows RT.

Station managers and listeners can access their accounts via the app, and the interface enables new and helpful ways of discovering listening options.

"We are very proud of what our team has done," said Radionomy VP/Business Development Thierry Ascarez. "The help from Microsoft was priceless and we thank them again for welcoming us into their program." Ascarez will take part in the "International Trends in Online Audio" panel at RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas on April 7.

Radionomy is one of the largest user-generated online radio networks in the world with more than 7,000 internet radio stations and more than 45 million listening hours each month. The company officially launched in the U.S. in September, and has offices in Brusells, Paris, and San Francisco.

The new app is available in the Windows Store here.

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