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UK music service We7 drops on-demand in favor of customizable Internet radio

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 9:00am

We7's Internet radio websiteUK music service We7 has discontinued its free on-demand service, instead focusing on its customizable Internet radio offerings.

Last year the service debuted "Internet Radio Plus" in an effort to essentially become the Pandora of Europe (RAIN coverage here). Now registered users of that web radio service can "request" up to 50 songs or albums per month, essentially adding limited on-demand functionality to Pandora-like Internet radio.

"The majority of people want their music picked for them based on the genre or type of artist they like," said We7's CEO, explaining why they dropped their on-demand service. We7 is ad-supported, but users can pay to remove ads (plans range from £5-10 per month).

PC Advisor has more coverage here.

Customizable talk radio service Stitcher raises $10m in new funding

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 12:00am

Stitcher's iPad appSan Francisco-based Stitcher -- "the Pandora of Internet talk radio," as GigaOM describes it -- has raised $10 million in new funding. The company's CEO, Noah Shanok, says they will use the new investment to build a direct ad sales team, add enhancements for service providers and generally improve their service.

Stitcher allows users to create personalized talk radio stations. GigaOM reports (here) that the company has 3.4 million users.

ESPN RADIO CONTENT NOW AVAILABLE TO SLACKER USERS

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 11:00am

CNet reports ESPN Radio on Slackerthat starting today, ESPN Radio content will be available on Slacker. The partnership between ESPN Radio and Slacker was announced six months ago (RAIN coverage here).

Slacker users can now create custom sports radio stations "based on the type of sport, teams, or ESPN programs," writes CNet. They can also add hourly SportsCenter updates to their music stations. Slacker provides other non-music programming thanks to a partnership with ABC News (more here).

Find more coverage from CNet here.

SALE INCLUDES PUREPLAY RECOMMENDATION SYSTEM, PLANS FOR CDN REPLACEMENT

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 12:00pm

Randy Michaels and Marc Chase have broken into the Randy Michaelsworld of Internet radio after selling their company, "Up Your Ratings" (UYR) to IO World Media -- the parent company of RadioIO, which features Bubba the Love Sponge and dozens of genre-based Internet radio streams.

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