Spotify expands radio-like features for U.S. users

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 8:00am

Spotify's new genre-based radio offeringsOn-demand music service Spotify has made its 27 genre-based radio-like streams available to U.S. users. The offerings -- long available to European users -- allow users to select one or more genres (or, in three cases, decades) and listen to an instant playlist of music.

As Billboard notes (here), Spotify's radio "doesn't allow for the fine-tuning and personzalization of the more popular Internet radio stations," nor does it have "the attention to detail of radio features in some other subscription services…but it's a nice additional feature that might someday blossom into something far better."

As we noted in our review of Spotify's artist-based radio offerings (here), Spotify radio is unlike other Internet radio services as it allows users to go forward and backward in a playlist at will (thanks to the on-demand nature of Spotify).

Edison data for September shows Pandora making gains in local markets over July

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 8:00am
Pandora's local reach
Pandora holds a 1.0 AQH rating among the 18-34 demographic in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Portland, according to new September listening data from Edison Research.
We reported in July that Pandora's A18-34 AQH rating then was higher than any terrestrial radio station in all of the five largest U.S. radio markets (RAIN coverage here). Pandora seems to have grown about 10% to 15% in A18-34 ratings in most major markets since then.
Find below Pandora's A18-34 AQH rating report for September 2011 from Edison Research. You can find Pandora's press release here.
September 2011 Pandora AQH (Adults 18-34)
Mon-Sun, 6am-12m
City July Sept.
New York 0.7 0.7
Los Angeles 0.9 1.0
Chicago 0.7 0.8
San Francisco 0.9 1.0
Dallas - Ft. Worth
0.8 0.9
Houston 0.8 0.9
Atlanta 0.7 0.8
Philadelphia 0.7 0.8
Washington, D.C. 0.9 1.0
Boston 0.7 0.8
Portland N/A 1.0
September 2011 Pandora AQH (Adults 18-49)
Mon-Sun, 6am-12m
City July Sept.
New York 0.5 0.5
Los Angeles 0.6 0.7
Chicago 0.5 0.5
San Francisco 0.6 0.7
Dallas - Ft. Worth
0.5 0.6
Houston 0.5 0.6
Atlanta 0.5 0.6
Philadelphia 0.5 0.5
Washington, D.C. 0.6 0.7
Boston 0.5 0.6
Portland N/A 0.7


"We're seeing a growing wave of local advertisers shifting their terrestrial broadcast budgets to Internet radio," said Pandora founder Tim Westergren. Westergren discussed local advertisers and their experiences with Pandora in his keynote at RAIN Summit Chicago, which you can watch in full here.

Genesis Communications launches Flordia talk radio website

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 11:00am is a new website from Genesis Communications offering streams from Tampa's "Talk 1470" WMGG, "News 820" WWBA and Melbourne's "News Talk AM 1060" WIXC. The site also offers news and weather updates. Radio-Info's Tom Taylor has more in today's newsletter here.

iHeartRadio to include Univision Radio streams

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 11:00am

iHeartRadioClear Channel and Univision have partnered to bring Univision Radio streams to the iHeartRadio platform. This makes Univision iHeartRadio's first third-party distribution partner, said Univision Radio president Jose Valle. Univision's AM and FM stations will arrive on iHeartRadio later this year. You can find the companies' press release here.

Oasis Radio Group launches as user-controlled Internet and FM station

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 11:00am powered by Listener Driven RadioOasis Radio Group has launched an FM station in Ft. Wayne completely controlled by online users. Dubbed, the hip-hop station is powered by Listener Driven Radio and lets web users vote for what music should be played on-air at 106.3 FM.

"With one click, our users decide what song plays next, what stories and videos matter the most, and what contest is going to be held on-air and online," said Oasis Radio Group GM/Director of Programming Phil Becker. Find online 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.

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