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New MySpace iPhone app includes its Internet radio service

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 12:15pm

The new Justin Timberlake-backed Myspace went public early this year on the web. The site, now a social media site for artists and fans, has launched its new iPhone app, including its built-in Internet radio service.

The free streaming radio service boasts 53 million songs, with genre- and artist-based channels.

CNet describes the iPhone app's Net radio iteration: "Just as on the Web, Myspace's radio feature is ever-present, meaning you can start listening to songs and stations wherever you are in the application by swiping up to reveal the music menu. In addition, play buttons sit atop artist profiles and offer people personalized radio stations tuned to the tastes of that particular artist."

Myspace VP/product marketing Ali Tahmasbi told CNet: "When you play an artist radio station, you're not just listening to their music, but you're listening to what they're interested in and the music that inspires them. We think it really helps establish a stronger connection between artists and their fans."

Not their first go-round with online radio, MySpace launched a webcast service back in December of 2011 (see RAIN here).

CNet has more here.

Social Radio develops online "side channels" for South Bend rock station

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 11:35am

Federated Media's WRBR/South Bend, IN ("103.9 The Bear") has launched a series of customizable online music streams powered by Social Radio, called "My Bear."

The service enables listeners to choose from seven different niches of rock music, and personalize their listening by skipping, banning, and voting on the songs they hear. Federated chief strategy officer James Derby told Inside Radio he thinks the "My Bear" service could potentially convert "P3 and P4 listeners" into "P1s" by way of more individually-tailored listening experiences.

Federated Media plans to add liners from the jocks as well as "interactive commercials" (the streams are just music and general sweepers now), according to the news source. The station says it will soon launch mobile apps and a social media presence. And should Federated deem the project a success, look for personalized versions of the company's other stations.

Social Radio powers the new Balut Radio, launched by TV5 New Media in the Philippines (RAIN coverage here).

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