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RAIN 10/20: Apple's AirPlay creates easy-to-use wireless home Net radio system

Posted on: 10/20/2010

UPCOMING SYSTEM STREAMS NET RADIO iPHONE APPS TO HOME RECEIVERS

Here at RAIN, we recently got our hands on an early version of the coming iOS 4.2 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices which will allow users to stream media wirelessly via AirPlay. That includes, we can now confirm, music from Internet radio apps.

As we’ve reported (RAIN coverage here), AirPlay lets you send media content from your iOS device to special receivers (AirPort Express, Apple TV and AirPlay-enabled stereos) wirelessly. That “media content” includes videos, music and — barring any future changes on Apple’s part — Internet radio.

We tried AirPlay with apps from AccuRadio, Pandora, Slacker, AOL Radio and others and all successfully streamed web radio content to an AirPort Express hooked up to our home stereo system. Though 4.2 was still a little buggy for us (the official version doesn’t land until November), Internet radio playback worked like a charm. Essentially, AirPlay turned our iPod Touch and AirPort Express into a wireless, Internet radio-friendly home music system.

Just imagine adding a few more receivers around your house to the mix. You could have an easy multi-room Internet radio system, all controlled by your iPhone. It’s an exciting development and we can’t wait to try the official version. — MS

SURVEY: TRADITIONAL MEDIA SITES RIGHT BEHIND AD NETWORKS WHEN IT COMES TO DIGITAL AD BUYS

A new survey from STRATA found that ad agencies are most likely to buy digital advertising from ad networks (Google, Yahoo, Yellowbook), followed next by traditional media sites (radio, TV, print).

Furthermore, STRATA found for the first time that a majority of ad agencies saw “no barriers” to increasing digital ad spending. 80.3% of ad agencies are spending more on digital this year than last — that’s up 17% from the first quarter, says STRATA. You can find the company’s press release here.

NEW iPAD COMPETITOR RUNS ON NET RADIO-FRIENDLY PLATFORM, BUT WITH A HEFTY PRICE TAG

The new Samsung Galaxy Tab is a 7” tablet, similar to Apple’s iPad, but running on Google’s Android operating system. That means it’s ready for Internet radio apps right out of the box. Verizon has announced it will be selling the device starting November 11 for a whopping $600. Optional data plans start at $20 a month for the tablet. Engadget has more details here.

RADIOTIME LAUNCHES FREE APPS FOR ANDROID, BLACKBERRY

RadioTime has launched free TuneIn apps for Android and BlackBerry devices. The apps differ from the iPhone app ($1.99) in being ad-supported. They access around 50,000 radio stations and podcasts and use GPS or Wi-Fi to find local stations. RadioWorld has more coverage here.



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