Livio Radio pushes new technology to connect smartphone apps with cars

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 9:00am

Internet radio hardware manufacturer Livio Radio this week is expanding its Livio Car Connect Mobile App Network with AirKast and TargetSpot partnerships. reports, "Car Connect is a series of APIs that are designed to work with a variety of car companies and app companies, which connect to the car via the API. The protocol communicates with software that's built into the car. "The point is to get all apps [on] all cars," Livio Radio CEO Jake Sigal said. Read more from here.

Mobile digital content and advertising firm AirKast is now part of Livio Connect. AirKast net radio apps will now be available for safe use in cars via Livio Connect. Read the press release here.

Livio Radio is also now working with online audio ad network TargetSpot, making TargetSpot the exclusive third-party advertising provider on the Livio Connect network. TargetSpot says the arrangement will enable TargetSpot advertisers to reach 65% of the automotive Bluetooth market and drivers of major auto brands with in-dash Internet systems. Read the press release here.

New Spotify Radio app based on The Echo Nest music and playlist intelligence

Monday, December 19, 2011 - 11:00am

The new Spotify Radio app (which we reported here), officially made available Friday, is powered by music intelligence platform The Echo Nest.

The Echo NestSpotify Radio listeners can create custom radio stations based on specific songs or artists from Spotify's music catalogue. Basically, The Echo Nest supplies the relational information ("if the user chooses song A or artist B, they'll probably like songs X, Y, and Z") to build the playlists.

With what might be a subtle poke at Pandora (the biggest competitive target for the new app), Spotify Chief Content Officer Ken Parks said in the press release, "We can't wait to hear what our users think of Spotify Radio, which offers unlimited stations and unlimited skips..." 

The Echo Nest says they power more than 250 applications -- including Clear Channel's iHeartRadio and Nokia Music's Mix Radio -- and call their technology "the world's only machine learning system that actively reads about and listens to music everywhere on the web," boasting "over 5 billion data points on over 30 million songs." The Echo Nest was co-founded by two MIT PhDs. Investors include Matrix Partners, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, and three co-founders of MIT Media Lab.

Read our coverage of other music applications that use The Echo Nest here and here. Here's the press release from them. Engadget reported on this too.


Antenna desktop app puts Internet radio "on the map"

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 11:15am

AntennaAntenna is a free Adobe AIR application for your desktop computer that maps out Internet radio stations from around the world. You can also browse via country flags, genre and search.

You can listen to each station from within the app, as well as rate streams and chat with other users.

In sum, Antenna is a visually-enticing way to discover new radio stations from around the world. has more coverage here.

Radio One inks deal with Toura to allow radio advertisers exposure on smartphone & tablet apps

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 11:15am

Radio One logoRadio One now has a deal with a mobile company called Toura, a platform provider for content rich smartphone and tablet-based applications.

Toura logo

According to the press release, Radio One stations can now offer local advertisers exposure on digital app media as part of an integrated buy with traditional on-air. The first app to come out of the new partnership was for CIAA, an athletic conference for historically black colleges and universities. The app was developed for the CIAA championship basketball tournament, coming up in February in Charlotte, NC.

Other Toura clients for mobile and tablet apps include publishers Dennis Publishing and John Wiley & Sons, as well as the Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the British Library.

Radio One is the leading U.S. urban radio company. It owns 54 broadcast stations in 16 markets. app for iPhone, Android and TouchPad streams 4k radio stations

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 11:00pm's mobile app line-upToday Lifehacker spotlights, an app for iOS, Android and webOS TouchPads that streams over 4,000 radio stations. An extension of the website, the app lets users search by genre, city, language and save favorite stations. "If you get a phone call, the app will automatically pause and hand you off to take the call," writes Lifehacker (here).


Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 11:00am

Bloomberg earlier Bloomberg's mobile appsthis week announced the launch of its Bloomberg Radio+ app for iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Users can stream Bloomberg Radio 24/7 via the app, listen to on-demand podcasts, view "real-time charts, get the latest market information and news, and access guest bios," says Bloomberg.

Writes Audio4Cast's Jennifer Lane: "It is a good example of the way a radio app can become so much more on a mobile device…[the app] is a big value proposition for listeners -- and a smart move for Bloomberg." You can find Lane's coverage here and Bloomberg's press release here.

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