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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?  )

December 01, 2006

Motorola iRadio Named Best Radio Service -- Again

For a second, I thought I was experiencing Deja Vu -- but nope.  Motorola iRadio was named the Best Radio Service at the 2006 Billboard Digital Entertainment, Media + Marketing Excellence Awards (DEMMX) ceremony.  iRadio beat out SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Yahoo!® Music.

iRadio won the same award last year at the same event, beating out AOL, Yahoo, LAUNCHcast,  and XM Satellite Radio. Worth noting, iRadio was also named the Best Mobile Music Service at the 2006 Digital Music Conference in November.  VCast must be kicking itself, HARD.  Not too shabby for a product that has yet to launch nationally.  ...Hey, how did Mike Gaumond get to be on those judge panels?  :)

And hey, Sandra Bernhart performed -- here are a couple pics, thanks to an anonymous attendee:

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October 10, 2006

More Motorola iRadio News From Dave Ulmer

At an interview at the Digital Music Forum West in Hollywood, Dave Ulmer revealed some interesting new facts about Motorola iRadio:

  • Pricing: The price is currently estimated to be around $7-10, up from earlier estimations of $5-7 a year ago.
  • Installing iRadio: Users will download iRadio software to a PC with Windows XP.  Can manage separate playlists from music repositories.
  • How it Works: Phones will synchronize with music collections via a USB connection, and can then transmit the music via Bluetooth to other Bluetooth-enabled stereosystems.
  • Station Count: More than 800 commercial-free radio stations are now available through Motorola iRadio.
  • Which Phones?  Currently, iRadio is only on three phone models, though more are coming.
  • Next Album Leak of the Week: The weekly album leak started with Monica last week, and will continue with Rod Stewart's album next week.
  • Launch Date:  Last but not least, what about the launch date?  Motorola iRadio is currently being tested in several US cities, but could officially roll out early next year, according to Dave Ulmer.

October 09, 2006

Motorola iRadio Digs Into Public Radio

Motorola announced today that music programming from NPR, American Public Media, and Public Radio International (PRI) will be made available on iRadio. Included in the programming are NPR shows Story of the Day, NPR Shuffle, and All Songs Considered; American Public Media's Marketplace, The Splendid Table and The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor; and PRI's The World, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, and Open Source.

Jeff Stinson, Senior Director of Business Development at Motorola Digital Media Services, said:

Motorola iRadio shares the public radio system's mission to offer Americans high quality audio content that is meaningful and relevant to their lives. We are pleased to build on listeners' enjoyment of their local public radio stations by bringing this strong slate of content to their mobile phones.

Motorola iRadio has really amassed quite a repository of content over the last year, including music from five major record labels, several indie labels, and news and talk shows from The Associated Press, AccuWeather, and Taldia local news and national paper programs.

I'm impressed. I'm also very pleased -- my wife and I love NPR, especially All Songs Considered and All Things Considered. Way to go, Moto.

October 03, 2006

iRadio Album Leaks and iRadio Availability Update

I learned more about the iRadio "Leak of the Week" program and the availability of iRadio to the general public from Dave Ulmer, Director of Marketing at Digital Media Services:

Our consumer and carrier trials have been expanding gradually and are no longer limited to  just 4 US cities - they stretch nationwide and globally across geographies  and demographics as our trials continue to grow.  So, for now, our consumer and carrier participants will be in for a treat each week as a new pre-release album is leaked.  ...  We're continually adding trial participants as we head to a broader  launch - within the US and other geographic regions.

Interesting...it sounds like iRadio trials are actually taking place outside the US as well.  Here's to hoping they visit Westchester County soon...

August 21, 2006

Motorola iRadio Gets News From Taldia

Motorola iRadio will be getting local, national, and international news spanning business, sports, entertainment, top news, technology, health, U.S. and International events, politics, science, and more, from Taldia's spectrum of content partners, including the Associated Press and US newspapers.

I love how the press release completely ignores the fact that iRadio has yet to go public:

Motorola iRadio® listeners can now customize their news radio experience by choosing from a wide selection of local, national and international news reports.

Right, great.  But what "iRadio listeners"?  I guess they're referring to the small number of people trying iRadio out in one of the four test markets (Chicago, LA, Phoenix. and Washington DC).

Most companies write in the present only when referring to publicly available products -- but not Motorola, these guys are CUTTING EDGE!!  ;)

iRadio Waves tracks news, buzz, and gear related to Motorola iRadio and the world of mobile radio. (iRW is not affiliated with Motorola)

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