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March 02, 2007

iRadio Launch Shelved - Pending Redesign

After two years of hype and multiple launch delays, iRadio has been shelved temporarily for re-work.

Apparently, the beta test didn't do too well. US wireless network providers weren't too keen on iRadio's "sideloading" technology, which required users to dock cell phones to their PCs to refresh the music (much like iPods).  They preferred taht the music be delivered across their networks in the form of a streaming music service.

It's a major change that will take some time.  With VCast, Amp'd, XM, Sirius, Orb, the iPhone, and many other integrated mobile devices already in market or launching soon, it's going to be quite a challenge.

(Worst case scenario, I'll need to find some other use for the "iRadioWaves" URL...  In the meantime, while the dust settles, feel free to check out GarageSpin.com.  Did I mention I write music?  )

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