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Pandora equal to FM in Millennial listener survey

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 8:25am

This week Mark Kassof has been releasing installments of his ListenerThink study, in which Millennial listeners were asked to rank their sentiment toward FM, AM, and a selection of Internet music services. Pandora and FM came through with the rosiest scores. Respondents favored them equally, according to an index score developed by Kassoff.

Survey participants were asked to rank their feelings about each included listening mode as Love, Like, Dislike, Hate, indifference, or unawareness. Kassof breaks out the percentage of each response across the sample, and you can see the results on the kassof.com blog. The top ranking (Love) was bestowed on Pandora by 39 percent of respondents, compared to 37 percent for FM.

We find it interesting to look at Love and Like combined, as a generally favorable Love/Like score. Through that lens, FM dominated the results with 82 percent, Pandora got a strong 65 percent, and iTunes Radio settled at 42 percent. 

That's a distorted view, though, both because it ignores other responses, and because familiarity with FM is higher than any of the Internet platforms. Kassof solves the irregularities with a mean score of all rankings, eliminating respondents who were unfamiliar with the listening mode. In that view, Pandora and FM came through with score

NextRadio-equipped Sprint phones hit stores Friday

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 11:20am

Sprint's new HTC One comes preloaded with NextRadio, the Emmis-developed app that tunes in radio via FM. The new phone will be available Friday, accordint to GigaOm.

NextRadio uses the phone's FM receiver chip to tune in local FM radio (not streaming data) -- which is far more power- and data-efficient.

The app does use some data, however, as it displays a "now playing" visual, allows listeners to browse artist and album info, purchase music, and share song links.

Sprint HTC One owners can also download the app free from Google Play (it'll also work on the HTC EVO 4G LTE). Sprint reportedly will make the app available on other devices in the future.

Read more in GigaOm here.

 

New Sprint app bundle "Entertain Me" adds iHeartRadio, Slacker, Spotify to some Android phones

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 1:45pm

U.S. wireless carrier Sprint announced that select new Android and Windows phones will enable FM radio listening by way of the NextRadio tuner app.

To be clear: the phones will receive on-air, FM broadcast content (as opposed to streaming via the data network).

The NextRadio app, developed by Emmis Digital and announced in November, will enable "backchannel" data that will allow broadcasters to supply additional information ("now playing data," images to accompany ads, for instance). This data link will also allow communication in the other direction (for the listener to interact with programming).

Unrelated to the FM radio news, Sprint also announced a streaming app bundle called "Entertain Me" for the "Sprint Zone" on Android phones. "Enterain Me" will include apps for iHeartRadio, Slacker, Spotify, and Sprint Music Plus (downloads and ringtones) -- as well as other entertainment options.

Emmis to launch analog FM and HD Radio mobile app

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 1:10pm

Emmis Communications says it will introduce a smartphone app that enables listening to local analog FM and HD Radio stations on mobile devices, saving data consumption and battery life (as opposed to streaming).

The app, to launch next year, will be called NextRadio. Emmis Communications CTO Paul Brenner says the app combines "the efficiency and scalability of over-the-air radio" plus the ability to "deliver an interactive artist and advertiser experience" via the data channel, reports Radio World.

Emmis plans to add other features including "enhanced synchronous ad modes" (SMS integration and couponing), song tagging capabilities, and social media integration. Brenner and other broadcast industry executives hope that by building compelling apps centered on analog broadcast radio, device manufacturers will see the value of including FM (and HD) chips in more of their devices. 

Read more in Radio World here.

How to use FM to stream web radio around your house

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 11:35am

FM radioGizmodo posts an interesting "Home Mod" column, explaining how to use FM radio to wireless play web radio around your house.

What you need is an FM transmitter like the C. Crane FM2 (around $60). There are more expensive options, but for anything around $300 you're probably better off just diving into the world of Sonos.

Simply plug the FM transmitter into your computer, phone or tablet, find an unused FM frequency and use your FM radios around the house to listen to Internet radio wirelessly.

You can find Gizmodo's article here.

Internet incarnation of FM alt rock station hoping to resurrect Jamboree fest via Kickstarter

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 11:30am

Q101's Kickstarter projectChicago's iconic alternative rock station Q101 has lived an online-only life since its FM frequency, 101.1, was flipped to all-news by Merlin Media in July 2011 (RAIN coverage here). Broadcast Barter Radio Networks purchased Q101's intellectual property and website soon after the flip (RAIN coverage here). 

Now the web-only Q101 is running a fundraising campaign through online service Kickstarter to bring back the Jamboree music festival in 2012.

Q101 hosted the first outdoor "Jamboree" music fest in 1995 (with bands like Bush, The Flaming Lips and Sheryl Crow). Subsequent festivals were held somewhat regularly through 2011.

The 2012 Kickstarter project needs nearly $300,000 in funding. As of publication, Q101 has raised $53,000 with 8 days left in the project. Q101 says the date and venue for the festival will be finalized "the minute this project is funded." No artist line-ups have been announced.

You can find Q101's Jamboree 2012 Kickstarter page here.

Kickstarter is a website that helps raise funding for products, services and ideas. RAIN recently highlighed 5 radio projects on Kickstarter here.

Hat tip to Gaper's Block for their article on Chicagoland music-related Kickstarter projects here.

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