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Here's what else is happening in Internet radio

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 6:00am

We've been doing a lot of RAIN Summit West review lately (here and here, with more to come!), so we wanted to take a minute and pass along some other news that's out there. Some is from the NAB Show, some unrelated, but we hope you find it useful and interesting.

NAB's Smith urges embrace of "hybrid radio": NAB CEO Gordon Smith (right), in his "State of the Industry" address at the NAB Show Monday, urged broadcasters to find ways of providing content across platforms.

He described "radios in smartphones" as a "hybrid-radio" system combining on-air content with interactive enhancements. He also acknowledged broadcast radio's upcoming battle to maintain its dominance in the car dashboard. Billboard's coverage gave no indication of any mention of Internet radio or streaming. Read more in Billboard.biz here.

Aha Radio inks CBS News deal, launches Publisher Portal: Aha Radio by Harman announced Monday its partnership with CBS Radio News, bringing audio of the broadcaster's top news programs to Aha Radio listeners. Aha also launched its "Publisher Portal" by which anyone (following an approval process) can make content available on the Aha Radio system. There's more in Examiner.com here.

TargetSpot to deliver in-stream ads for Microsoft's Xbox Music Service: Online audio ad network TargetSpot announced it will deliver in-stream audio ads for the free version of the Xbox Music service (pictured) on the gaming console and Windows devices.

Former Triton exec Freund lands at Clip Interactive: Former EVP/Triton Media Group Bill Freund joins technology company Clip Interactive as VP/Chief Revenue Officer in preparation for a 2014 national rollout of the service which will allow mobile listeners to interact with broadcast radio content.

Global shipments of PCs fell 14% in first quarter: ZDNet calls that the worst drop in a generation, the steepest decline since 1994. The IDC (International Data Corporation) points to a number of factors -- like mobile, but also "a weak reception for Windows 8." Read more in ZDNet here.

Jelli says data shows increased social engagement helps ratings: Jelli has released data it says reveals a direct correlation between increased "social engagement" by broadcasters with listeners and increased listening (as reflected by ratings). The company measured weekly active registered users who were using its online or mobile app to vote to choose the music played during live broadcasts. It found as weekly social engagement rose 127%, weekly cume went up 30%.

Jelli says its data also shows these socially-engaged listeners engage with advertising more.

Net radio streaming service SurferNETWORK awarded patent: SurferNETWORK, a streaming vendor, was awarded its fifth "Buffering Patent" for technology that enables content streams "to start immediately," instead of waiting for playback while a cache of data loads.

Radionomy launches app for new Windows platform

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 3:05pm

Radionomy is the Belgian-based platform for enthusiasts to create and stream their own online radio stations. Radionomy has just launched its new app for Windows 8 or Windows RT.

Station managers and listeners can access their accounts via the app, and the interface enables new and helpful ways of discovering listening options.

"We are very proud of what our team has done," said Radionomy VP/Business Development Thierry Ascarez. "The help from Microsoft was priceless and we thank them again for welcoming us into their program." Ascarez will take part in the "International Trends in Online Audio" panel at RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas on April 7.

Radionomy is one of the largest user-generated online radio networks in the world with more than 7,000 internet radio stations and more than 45 million listening hours each month. The company officially launched in the U.S. in September, and has offices in Brusells, Paris, and San Francisco.

The new app is available in the Windows Store here.

Streaming aggegators TuneIn, iHeartRadio have new apps ready at today's Windows 8 launch

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 1:40pm

Both of Internet radio's leading stream aggregation services, TuneIn and iHeartRadio, have created specially-designed apps for Microsoft's brand new Windows 8 operating system.

Kristin George, Director of Product, TuneIn noted, "Not only did Windows 8 give us the canvas to create a beautiful interface that works with keyboard, mouse, and touch, but it also helped us showcase how TuneIn can easily deliver listeners’ favorite stations by providing the ability to pin them directly to their Start screen."

"iHeartRadio worked closely with Microsoft during the Windows 8 preview phase to develop the app to be available across a broad range of Windows 8 devices," read the iHeartRadio newsletter.

Both apps are available in the Windows 8 app store. Read more about Windows 8 here.

Xbox Music service to go public this month

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 6:45pm

Microsoft has set October 26th as the day it will roll out the new Xbox Music service (announced in RAIN here) to Windows Phone, Windows 8, and the Xbox 360 (Windows 8 OS is scheduled to launch that day as well).

Microsoft reportedly plans to offer Xbox Music across other platforms, like iOS (Apple) and Android.

As we've reported, the service will include both ad-supported streams and a subscription access. Integration with Microsoft's SkyDrive will enable customers to keep music and playlists in the cloud.

Read more from The Verge here.

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