German broadcaster P7S1 gets into streaming/Net radio with Ampya launch

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 12:15pm

P7S1 (ProSiebenSat.1 Media) is a German mass media company that owns television, premium video channels, radio stations (in Romania and Moldova), and print businesses.

It's just beta-launched Ampya, a streaming music and video service for the German market featuring "more than 100,000 radio stations, available either through an ad-supported freemium service or on a subscription basis," reports Hollywood Reporter.

Read more in Hollywood Reporter here.

Music subscription players Rhapsody, Spotify, Rdio reportedly plan to enter new territories in 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 1:15pm

Leading music subscription services are ramping up their global expansions.

GigaOm reports Rhapsody will launch in 16 additional European countries in the first half of this year (but didn't mention which). This is the first "proper international launch" for Rhapsody, which is in the UK and Germany by way of acquiring Napster, (the brand under which it operates in those nations).

Meanwhile, Rhapsody competitors Spotify and Rdio are both rumored to be entering the Japanese market in the coming months. Sony's Music Unlimited is currently Japanese music subscribers' only option. Spotify is in 20 countries worldwide, Rdio in 17.

Read more on the Rhapsody news in GigaOm here; more on Spotify and Rdio in Japan Daily Press here.

Reps from several leading German firms to represent RAIN Summit host nation

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 12:15am

In the lead-up to tomorrow's (or today's depending upon when you read this!) RAIN Summit Europe in Berlin, we've been introducing companies and professionals that are leading the Internet radio industry across the Atlantic. Probably not surprisingly, our host nation will well-represented at the Summit, with more industry professionals there than any other country. We've already featured companies like Aupeo (here), NRJ International (here), RTL Radio Center Berlin (here), & Dig This Media, and RMS (here).

While most of our guests will be moderating or participating in panel discussions, we'll take time for a research presentation from Goldmedia Strategy Consulting (Goldmedia Holding GmbH) Managing Director Dr. Klaus Goldhammer (left). Goldmedia Group provides national and international clients with high-quality consulting and research services in the fields of media, entertainment, and telecommunications. Dr. Goldhammer will present his firm's new study, "Web Radio Monitor 2012," a look at online radio listenership in Germany.

Andreas Hamdorf is Director of Ad Operations for pilot, an independent, owner-run agency group for modern brand communication in Germany. Hamdorf will take part in the "Agency Roundtable - Internet Radio Advertising" panel, which will examine the benefits and challenges of streaming audio as an ad medium.

You're likely familiar with on-demand services like Spotify and Rhapsody. Have you had the opportunity to try simfy? It's a German-based on-demand music service which bills itself as "a fast and easy way to listen to music - no limits, no hassle, everywhere and at any time." Simfy CEO Gerrit Schumann will join us for the panel "Personalized Radio," to focus on individualized listening options available in streaming platforms.

Like Americans, Germans love their cars! Technologists are quickly moving to integrate automobile dashboards with Internet and mobile functionality, including audio entertainment options. Our panel "The Connected Dashboard" will focus on the progress and potential impact of in-car connectivity. The panel will be moderated by Stefaan Sonck Thiebaut (left), Co-Founder & General Manager of OpenSynergy, a Berlin-based software company working in the automotive software space.

Peter Burgner is Project Manager for Music Services & Web Radio at BMW Group, Germany's home of world-famous automobile brands like BMW, MINI, and (yes) Rolls-Royce. Wolfgang Zehrt (left) is Director and a Board Member for DAPD Media Holding (DDP Direct), a Berlin-based news agency based in Berlin, which serves a customer base of 700 media outlets like newspapers, magazines, online media, TV and radio. Both will also speak on "The Connected Dashboard" panel.

Our keynote speaker is Spotify's European GM and VP of Ad Sales Jonathan Forster. Spotify now has 15 million active users worldwide, 4 million of whom pay for the service every month. Besides its on-demand streaming product, Spotify Radio is a personalized radio stream listeners create based on artists, songs, or genres, which can be further influenced through "thumbs up/thumbs down" song ratings. While Spotify is based in Sweden, since March it's been available in Germany. And this week, Spotify announced a special mobile tariff deal to make the service available to Deutsche Telekom customers.

We hope you're able to join us for our very first RAIN Summit Europe, Friday at Berlin's nHow Hotel. All the details are here.

Herzlich willkommen in Berlin!

Study shows growing significance of mobile for German webcasters

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 1:30pm

Berlin-based Goldmedia Group says its study shows the use of online radio on mobile devices in Germany is seeing particularly strong growth, and that one of every six "hits" to online radio services comes from smartphones or tablets.

The Bavarian Regulatory Authority for Commercial Broadcasting (BLM) and strategy consultant Goldmedia have published Web Radio Monitor 2012, based upon data collected via a survey of all online radio providers in Germany from May to June of 2012.

Goldmedia says, "Three quarters of the respondents regard mobile online radio as their central method of broadcasting... Mobile hits, via apps or mobile browsers, now make up 17% of all hits, compared to 14% in 2011. By 2014, mobile devices are expected to make up a quarter (24%) of all online radio hits. In addition, providers have high expectations for online radio streaming in cars. According to 87% of providers, usage in the car is expected to increase dramatically."

The study indicates that in April, listeners launched an average of 13,800 streams per station every day, a 36% increase compared to April 2011 (there are apparently about 3,000 online stations in Germany, with about 82% of them being "online only"). The services of the FM brands (simulcast streams and online sub-brands) reported an increase of 58%.

RAIN will visit Berlin for RAIN Summit Europe, October 5th. We've assembled a roster of fantastic industry leaders to speak (like our keynoter, GM/Europe & VP/Ad Sales for Spotify Jonathan Forster, not to mention experts from Germany representing firms like BMW, NRJ International, pilot,,, and RTL Radio), and we can't wait to learn more from our European colleagues (and perhaps forge some new business relationships!). And just look at that gorgeous nhow "Berlin" - The Music & Lifestyle Hotel Berlin, where we'll meet. Please see all the details for RAIN Summit Europe (including registration) here. Read more from Goldmedia here.

German iPhone app lets users build, "broadcast" web radio streams

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 12:20pm

Wahwah.fmA new iPhone app lets users create Internet radio stations and listen to other users' streams.

Called, the app matches a user's local library with cloud-based files through 7digital. Users can create a radio station out of such tunes that other users can listen to in real-time (similar to GigaOM calls it "a modern take on the pirate radio concept." is currently restricted only to iPhones in Germany. The company hopes to soon release an Android app and expand worldwide. For now, the service earns revenue from location-based marketing (like allowing record labels or retailers to create their own stations and target users who live where a new release is dropping).

GigaOM has more coverage here.

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