RAIN quick hits: More news that's worthy

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 11:10am

Stitcher, most known for its podcast- and spoken word radio mobile apps, has launched a fully-featured HTML5 web app that syncs with the mobile apps, as well as a player widget for browsers. Access the new web app here.

A Forbes contributer suggests three reasons she thinks Pandora could "stare down Apple if it indeed is launching a streaming radio service" here.

Speaking of Apple's rumored "iRadio," "if the future is also about location-based advertising... iRadio could bolster Apple's offer to brands by adding value to Passbook and Maps, two products that already combine brands/advertising and local," says BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield (as reported by here).

With Internet radio becoming more and more of a mobile experience, we thought you'd be interested to see The Media Audit's "Five Characteristics of Mobile Internet Users" here.

Several models of new Pioneer in-dash receivers include "MixTrax," the company's "automated DJ and playlist software (which) analyzes your music library and creates custom mixes that play back while you drive," reports CNet. Read more here.  

Senzari, the Miami-based international webcaster (we've covered them here) has acquired the company behind, which "turns music on iPhones into net radio stations available globally and to others nearby." There's more in Hypebot here.

Finally, you and your "buds" can have an iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio listening party with BudtoBud, an app that turns an account on these services into a mulit-user "listening room." Eliot Van Buskirk at has more here.

Respected SoCal non-comms KCRW, KUSC streams launch on iHeartRadio next month

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 11:00am

Two of Internet radio's pioneering and most-listened-to broadcasters will make their programming available on Clear Channel's iHeartRadio platform beginning next month.

The renowned KCRW, the non-commercial station from Santa Monica College, and KUSC, one of the largest public radio stations in the U.S. (from the University of Southern California), will both debut on iHeartRadio in February.

"We’re thrilled to add KCRW and KUSC to iHeartRadio and make public radio stations available for our listeners,” said Brian Lakamp, President of Clear Channel Digital, in the company press release. "Adding these public radio stations to iHeartRadio offers listeners an even more interesting and diverse listening experience."

KCRW is best-known worldwide for its flagship program, "Morning Becomes Eclectic," its daily music show that's aired since 1978 (and has been hosted by respected programmers like Nic Harcourt, Chris Douridas, Jason Bentley, and more). KCRW embraced new media early and aggressively, and offers two online-only channels dedicated to all music and all news, podcasts, and its own media player. KUSC is one of the most listened to classical radio stations in the country, and has been on the air for more than 60 years.

Clear Channel has been at a fast 'n furious pace adding broadcast content from beyond the Clear Channel family. Most recently, the company added Greater Media streams to the platform (RAIN coverage here), which now offers more than 800 broadcast and online-only stations and is available online and via mobile app. Public broadcaster WNYC/New York is also available on the iHeartRadio platform.

Pioneer launches high-end, web radio-friendly audio players

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 11:15am

Pioneer's N-50 network audio playerPioneer has debuted two premium network audio players -- the N-30 and N-50 -- each of which support AirPlay and DLNA for streaming audio from the web and your home network.

The devices even feature a 2.5-inch monitor on them to display info about currently-playing tunes. The N-30 will cost $500 and the N-50 $700.

Engadget has more coverage and Pioneer's press release here.

Groupon offers Wi-Fi and AirPlay-enabled Pioneer stereo at half-price

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 11:10am
Pioneer stereo

Heading into the frantic end of the year's big shopping season, we thought we'd pass along what looks like a pretty good deal, from radio's best friend Groupon!

For two days, via Groupon, two-hundred bucks (plus $12.95 shipping) will get you the cool Pioneer X-SMC3-S Music Tap AirPlay Music System, which normally runs $399.

It's a home stereo system (the speakers and amp are built-in) that uses Apple AirPlay to wirelessly stream music stored on your iPhone, iPad, and desktop computers, as well as connect to Internet radio. You can even control the Pioneer from your iDevice without docking it, and stream your playlists over Wi-Fi. It also has a 2.5-inch color LCD display for CD cover art and "now playing" song info. The system works with Android phones too (though it only docks Apple devices), or anything "DLNA 1.5-certified," says CNet's Rick Broida.

Get the deal from Groupon here; read more in CNet here.


NYT highlights in-car Internet radio gadgets

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:00am

Livio's Car KitIf you want to listen to Internet radio while driving but there isn't exactly room in your budget for a new car, The New York Times has some suggestions.

The first is the Livio Radio Car Kit (pictured), which streams web radio from your mobile device (via Bluetooth) to your car stereo (through an empty FM frequency). You can read more about Livio's Car Kit in RAIN here.

The New York Times also highlights Pioneer's AppRadio. The device features a 6.1-inch touchscreen, which drivers can use to control Pandora and Rdio playback. Engadget recently review the AppRadio (here).

You can find the full New York Times article here.

Engadget: Pandora-friendly Pioneer AppRadio "a peek into the future"

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 11:00am

Pioneer's AppRadio with Rdio playingPioneer's in-dash AppRadio connects with iPhones to stream Pandora and Rdio (RAIN coverage here). Engadget recently reviewed the $400 device, finding the Net radio options to be seamless and slick.

But the device itself offers some annoyances. Navigating through the music apps on the AppRadio's touchscreen is "a relative pain" while driving, writes Engadget. Plus there are some annoying bugs and quirks, like not being able to listen to the radio and use the AppRadio's navigation features at the same time.

Overall, Engadget writes the AppRadio is like "peeking into the future": lots of potential, but currently too many first-generation bugs for mainstream drivers. You can find the full review here.

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