Clear Channel updates iPad iHeartRadio app with Custom Radio, more AM/FM stations

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 12:05pm

iHeartRadio's newly updated iPad appClear Channel has updated its iHeartRadio iPad app, including support for the new iPad's high-resolution Retina Display and "deeper Facebook integration."

The company also says the app now includes iHeartRadio's Custom Stations, which was launched online over six months ago. Streams from Univision and college stations have also been added.

Find more from Clear Channel here.



Personalized news radio service Stitcher launches "Election Center"

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 12:05pm

Stitcher's Election CenterStitcher, the radio service often referred to as "Pandora for news radio," has created an Election Center for the 2012 campaigns. It serves as a hub for news from sources like Slate, CBS News and others.

Plus, TechCrunch reports Stitcher is "also using the Election Center to test out some new technology. Every piece of content is automatically transcribed and analyzed, then used to create a list of trending topics across all of Stitcher’s election content. So you can see what the current hot topics are, look at how many times they’ve been mentioned, and then dive into a specific piece of related content."

You can find TechCrunch's coverage here.


Spotify app adds your music collection by scanning CD covers

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 11:40am

Still ripping all your CDs? With Covify, a new Spotify app, you can add the music you own to Spotify by simply holding the CD up in front of your webcam (or iPhone camera). The app scans the cover, recognizes it, and adds it to your Spotify account.

The app was built in under 24 hours, and won, at The Next Web Hack Battle 2012, which was April 25 and 26 in Amsterdam.

See the demonstration video here.


Jacobs Media's jacAPPS launches V3 of its radio mobile app platform

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 11:15am

App developer jacAPPS has released the third iteration of mobile applications for radio (and others).

Its V3 is built for larger screens (like tablets), features unlimited horizontal scrolling, social sharing (Facebook, Twitter, e-mail), and album art display.

"Radio station brands are more than just their stream," said jacAPPS VP/GM Paul Jacobs. "They engage with audiences through multiple channels. And the V3 app enables time-shifting, social communication and sharing."

The jacAPPS V3 has also added optional revenue sharing (via Verve Wireless) and "push-messaging" (via Urban Airship). Clients can also updated immediately without going through any approval process.

Read more from jacAPPS here.

MOG launches iPad app

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 11:40am

MOG's new iPad appOn-demand music service MOG launched a new app for iPads over the weekend.

Business Insider reports the app "offers an identical list of features as its iPod/iPhone counterpart, the only difference being that the interface fills the iPad's screen." The publication also argues (here) MOG's iPad app debut "makes Spotify's lack of an iPad presence all the more glaring."

It's rumored that MOG is being acquired by Beats Audio, of which major phone-maker HTC is a majority shareholder (RAIN coverage here).

CBS launches "Your Day" iPad app to leverage audience gains for combined local media

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 12:15pm

CBS yesterday announced it's created and launched the new "Your Day" iPad app, which aggregates content from its local radio, television, and online properties. The app adds content from CBS-owned properties like CNet,, and as well.

The "Your Day" app is free and available for 24 of the top U.S. markets.

MediaPost reports, "One of the key strategies has been to consolidate separate Web properties in a given market into one local online hub. In New York, for example, different sites for WCBS-TV (Channel 2), WFAN, 1010 WINS and WCBS 880 were combined into one property -- -- leading to traffic gains beyond the total of the combined audiences for the four properties." CBS is now duplicating that strategy in 25 markets.

ComScore data shows total listening hours for local CBS radio streams are up 20% 2010-2011, and total listening hours per session are up 18% (interestingly, Triton's Webcast Metrics has shown steady decline in Average Active Sessions for CBS from late 2009 through January 2012 -- you can see that here, and our coverage of the latest Webcast Metrics ratings is here).

According to a recent BIA/Kelsey forecast, local online ad revenue across the country will grow from $21.2 billion this year to $38.5 billion by 2016. The growth in the digital segment will offset slower than anticipated growth in total local media advertising revenues, the company says.

Read MediaPost's coverage of the Your Day app here.

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