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MOG arrives on Samsung TVs, Blu-ray players

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:00pm

MOG's TV interfaceOn-demand music service MOG has expanded its reach to Samsung web-connected TVs and Blu-ray players bought since 2010. MOG joins Pandora, Napster and other apps already available on such devices.

The service is also available on LG TVs and home theater devices (RAIN coverage here).

Pandora, MOG, Rdio sell gift cards for subscription services in Target stores

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:00pm
Pandora's gift card at Target
 
Gift cards for Pandora, MOG and Rdio are now available at Target retail stores. Pandora's card is $36 and offers the recipenat one year of the webcaster's premium subscription service. MOG's cards offer one ($10) or two ($20) months of service, while Rdio's cards range from $10-100.
 
"The gift card model for subscription streaming services makes a lot of sense," wrote Mashable when MOG announced their gift cards in late August (here). Putting gift cards in retail stores seems especially smart as the holdiay season approaches.
 
You can find Pandora's press release about their new gift cards here.

Sean Ross: Use FB to be interactive, not intrusive

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 9:00am

One well-respected industry journalist recently shared his own thoughts regarding radio's embrace of Facebook data-sharing: Sean Ross, in Radio-Info.

Facebook page with Spotify timelineSeveral online music/Internet radio were announced last Thursday as part of Facebook’s new music platform, like Spotify, iHeart Radio, Rhapsody, Slacker, RDIO, MOG, and Jelli. Ross found that while he enjoys the ability to share music, sharing everything all the time can quickly lead to "too much information," for both ends of the transaction.

"With Spotify, however, I was already concerned about what I might be unknowingly sharing with my Facebook friends," Ross wrote. "And the iHeartRadio app, while much improved, was a little heavy handed about asking me to log in through Facebook (which you have to do to create personalized stations). It also no longer lets me add a station to my favorites from the App, but tries to make me sync my station preferences to iHeart’s cloud."

As suggested in RAIN's top story today, online radio/music services may soon feel some blowback to what might be perceived by listeners as "too much Facebook sharing," and find pulling back a little leads to a better consumer experience. 

"The first goal of making 'radio' available on more platforms should be increased listening, or maintaining existing listening, by going where listeners are," said Ross. "Building a station’s mailing list or harvesting metrics for advertisers, particularly somebody else’s advertisers, should be a bonus, if listeners are willing to share. Interactive is good. Intrusive isn’t."

Sean Ross writes the Ross on Radio newsletter and Radio-Info (where he's Executive Editor, Music & Programming) column twice weekly. He's also VP/Music and Programming at Edison Research. We recommend you read his column, "Read This Article, No Facebook Log-In Required," in Radio-Info.

Despite complaints, benefits of Facebook data may be too good to give up

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 9:00am

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg announces the social network's music partnersFacebook, music services and webcasters are weathering user complaints over changes since the introduction of the social network's new music integration last week (RAIN coverage here). The update allows services like iHeartRadio, Slacker, Spotify, MOG, Rdio and others to automatically post information on Facebook about what you're listening to.

On-demand music service Spotify in particular has made headlines for requiring new users to register using Facebook. Already Spotify has responded, launching a "private listening mode" that won't post users' listening to Facebook (Lifehacker has more here).

Clear Channel's iHeartRadio also requires Facebook logins to use the new custom radio service. Many listeners aren't thrilled about that, reports Inside Radio (one listener commented it was "a step in the wrong direction"), but "other [services] are contemplating a similar move." The benefits of integrating with Facebook may simply be too good for radio to pass up.

For one thing, there's the exposure that comes with posting content to Facebook users' timelines. "Services like Slacker and iHeartRadio should be able to pick up new users easily," wrote Billboard (here). "With low barriers to adoption and Facebook's broad user base, Slacker and iHeartRadio should be well represented in users' news feeds and tickers."

Then there's the valuable data about users that Facebook provides. "The marketing leverage that can be achieved through integrations with things like Facebook is at this point almost impossible to measure -- it’s so phenomenal," Triton Loyalty president Chris Bell told Inside Radio. Facebook provides important information about users, which allows radio to offer better ads and create an overall better experience, argued Bell. "The reality is age, gender and Zip code information would put the radio industry light years ahead of where it is now."

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Webcasters may see big gains with new Facebook integration, says Billboard

Friday, September 23, 2011 - 12:00pm

Facebook announced new music and video features yesterdayFacebook announced new integrations with music and video services yesterday, "but Internet radio services could end up being the big winners," writes Billboard.

Slacker, Clear Channel's iHeartRadio and Jelli (see story below) joined other music services like Spotify, MOG and Rdio in jumping on-board Facebook's new "ticker. The "ticker" will display updates about what Facebook users are listening to on these music services in real time. Other users can then click the updates to listen to the same content via the original service.

"That bodes well for greater adoption of Internet radio services big and small," writes Billboard (here). "Services like Slacker and iHeartRadio should be able to pick up new users easily…with low barriers to adoption and Facebook's broad user base, Slacker and iHeartRadio should be well represented in users' news feeds and tickers."

CUSTOMIZABLE ARTIST-BASED RADIO FEATURES INCLUDED IN SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES' NEW FREE OFFERINGS

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 12:00pm

On-demand music services MOG and Rdio made headlines this week for launching limited free versions to users, much like Spotify.

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