ARCHIVE: Internet Radio

October 05, 2006

Future of Radio at the Digital Music Forum

The future of radio was discussed by a panel of digital radio luminaries within the industry at the Digital Music Forum, including Dave Ulmer of Motorola, recently.  Digital Media Wire has a nice summary of the discussions here, in case you're interested.

April 05, 2006

iRadio Partners With MediaBay and AccuWeather For Audio Books, Classic Radio, and Local Weather

Motorola made a couple huge announcements today at the CTIA Wireless conference.

First, Motorola partnered with MediaBay to offer Audio Book content (including audio books, educational and language courses, audio newspapers, self help programs, and audio travel guides) and Classic Radio programming (including popular radio shows from the past such as The Lone Ranger and The Shadow) to iRadio subscribers.

Second, Motorola partnered with AccuWeather to provide local weather forecasts for over 100 US cities to iRadio listeners.

I am not 100% certain if these additional programs will be included as part of the basic subscription including 435+ commercial-free channels...it seems like they are.  I'll post an update once I confirm.  (UDPATE: they are -- see below)

Deals such as these illustrate the advantage time-shifted radio has over satellite radio; Sirius and XM are both limited to under a couple hunder content channels, while iRadio can expand indefinitely to include taste-targeted, media-targeted, and geo-targeted content.  Calculate:

435 channels of content + #,### channels of consumer-generated channels (made available through the iRadio Get Heard Network) + podcast compatibility = a whole lotta options

Quite frankly, it's a little overwhelming.  But quite cool.  Talk about attacking the "Long Tail" of demand...

UPDATE:  The 101 weather channels, 70+ audio book channels, and 20+ classic radio channels are indeed all part of the basic iRadio subscription.  That makes for roughly 620 channels of included radio programming...impressive!

December 20, 2005

Engadget Interview With Rob Glazer: Music Subscriptions Etc

Engadget interviewed Rob Glazer, CEO of RealNetworks to discuss music subscription services, what's holding them back, and what it will take for them to succeed going forward. A nice overview of Real's strategy in the space, including the Rhapsody Web Services Initiative and Rhapsody.com releases.

Rob hammered away at the idea of "interoperability" being critical, and why Apple's strategy of end-to-end control isn't sustainable. While talking about music phones, Rob vented a bit, mentioning HP's and Motorola's experiences with Apple:

ROB: "Since we’re not a portable device company, we don’t have it out for Apple in any abstract sense because Apple has already said: “Hey, they want end-to-end control of everything. It’s not worth it for them to support compatibility with other people.” Go talk to the people at HP on how their partnership with Apple worked out. Go talk to people at Motorola, if you can, because they still work with them, and talk to their director about how their partnership with Apple worked out."

It will be interesting to see how future ROKR versions perform, versus iRadio-compatible phones. I imagine iRadio phones will be feature rich relative to their ROKR cousins. If iRadio takes off, will Motorola maintain its relationship with Apple?

December 07, 2005

Tao Launches Tao Wireless Media Player

The Tao Wireless Media Player launched into the WiFi-enabled portable music device space yesterday. Consumers can download music from any available wireless hotspot, schedule recordings of favorite programs, and use the Tao device as an FM transmitter and receiver. A 20GB drive and two headphone jacks are included.

The degrees of separation within this industry are minimal. Tao also sells the Tao XM2go, a portable XM satellite radio player. Further, Tao is part of Giant International, which is actually a spin-off of Motorola’s two-way radio division. Interesting.

(via MocoNews via InternetNews)

December 01, 2005

Motorola iRadio Named Best Radio Service Over AOL, XM, and Yahoo

Motorola-iRadio-Named-Best-Radio-Service.jpgWow. A double-whammy for Motorola iRadio, coming in #1 at both the DEMXPO 2005 and GadgetFest 2005 today.

iRadio was named the Best Radio Service at the Digital Entertainment and Media Excellence Awards, beating nominees AOL Radio Network, Yahoo! Music’s LAUNCHcast Radio Service, and XM Satellite Radio. These are heavy hitters, with an interesting, distinguishing feature in common...they're actually available in stores! This is quite huge. It's late, so I'm going to leave it at that...for now.

Elsewhere, Motorola won the GadgetFest 2005 Best Cell Phone award. MOTO seems to be playing a lot of its cards right, now with a few more "accolades" under its belt to show off.

Congrats to the iRadio team!

UPDATE: Here's Motorola's press release about the award.

April 18, 2005

iRadio...But Not From Motorola

For a moment, I thought this 3d2f Software Directory post was about Motorola's iRadio service, but it's not. Still, it was an interesting-sounding application..!

iRadio is a new way of capturing and collecting music from radio stations over the Internet. Integrated easy search engine allows you to find favorite radio by genre or keyword, to choose bitrate and other characteristics. You can listen and record radios at the same time. iRadio receives much more information about listening track: track parameters, name, stream name, stream type, bitrate, genre etc. iRadio automatically saves every new track in a separate file with the corresponding file name.

Pretty cool. I'll probably stick with podcasts in the mean time, however.

March 03, 2005

BBC Internet Radio Use Jumpw 70% Over One Year

BBC Internet Radio Increases UsershipInternet radio usage increased 70% in January from the same time year ago. BBC Internet radio networks 6 Music, Asian Network's Top 40 Soundtracks, Radio 3, and Radio 4, a sample of the many internet radio providers that exist, all experienced record numbers of users in January, per About.

That's great news for internet radio service, Motorola iRadio, Torian, and other digital radio services.

February 23, 2005

Is it Motorola iRadio? No, it's Torian iRoamer

Torian Infusion Wireless Internet Radio PlayerTorian's iRoamer service, a portable Internet radio technology, will offer a service similar to Motorola iRadio. The Torian Infusion, a prototype device incorporating iRoamer Internet radio, includes features such as Internet radio, timer recording, mp3 player, FM receiver, news/sport/weather ticker-tape banner, and more.

According to Geekzone, Torian:

..aims to license iRoamer Technology to manufacturers of existing products such as home theare/stereo systems, portable radios, high-capacity mp3 players, stereo amplifiers, car radios, mobile phones, televisions and DVD players.

With Motorola iRadio generating so much buzz, I wouldn't be surprised several manufacturers jump at the chance to offer a competing product with iRoamer technology. It will be interesting to see if iRoamer will integrate its wireless LAN technology with mobile networks in cell phones to make the service available outside of WiFi hotspots.

Motorola iRadio clearly has a jumpstart in the wireless internet radio space, with manufacturing channels in place, and discussion in progress with major radio providers.

(Thanks to Tod at iloveradio for finding the article)


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