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RAIN 10/25: More Net radio brands jump into new Windows Phone 7 app market

Posted on: 10/25/2010

WITH U.S. LAUNCH DAYS AWAY, WEBCASTERS READYING APPS FOR NEW PLATFORM

In the exciting world of mobile Internet radio, every new platform and obligatory app store is a frontier to be conquered. The latest “new kid on the block” in the mobile world is Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 and — though it doesn’t land in U.S. consumers’ hands until early November — some webcasters already have apps built and ready for the new OS:

1) Slacker (pictured top right), whose app Laptop Magazine says (here) “looks a lot like other Slacker iterations on iPhone, Android, and webOS,” but with a Windows Phone 7 twist — namely, replicating the horizontal layout of content common in the OS. The initial version will also not offer station caching, according to CNet.

2) iHeartRadio (pictured bottom right) from Clear Channel packs song lyrics, links to purchase tracks and even the ability to “build your own stations,” according to TechRadar (here).

3) Absolute Radio also has a Windows Phone 7 app ready to go, with access to the main Absolute Radio stream, as well as side-channels Absolute Classic Rock, Absolute 80s, Absolute Radio 90s and Absolute Radio extra.

Beyond strictly Internet radio apps, Shazam, MusixMatch, Spotify and other various music selections will be available at launch. CNet has already tested many of these apps and found them to be “quite eye-catching and full-featured…the snappy performance stood out” (here).

Microsoft says they will offer 1,000 apps at launch. Apple has at least 250,00 apps available, Android has more than 90,000 and around 5,000 apps are available for webOS devices.

CONCLAVE TO HOST WEBINAR PRESENTING RECENT EDISON RESEARCH FINDINGS

Last month, Edison Research released the findings of their American Youth Study 2010 — including the surprising statistic that 20% of 12-24 year-olds have used Pandora in the past month. 13% used the service in the past week (RAIN coverage here).

Larry Rosin of Edison Research (pictured left) will be presenting more information about the study in a free webinar from The Conclave. It takes place Wednesday, October 27 at 3pm CDT. More information and a link to register can be found here.

RADIOTIME GRAPHIC TRACKS IN-CAR NET RADIO’S EMERGENCE FROM PRIMORDIAL OOZE

Internet radio tuning software provider RadioTime is behind this graphic (here — but Digital Media News pointed it out today and has an easier-to-read full-sized image here) showing the “Evolution of the Car Radio,” culminating, naturally, in dashboard access to the world of Internet radio. Eighty years after the first in-car radio appeared, we have mobile phone apps being designed to optimize wireless broadband listening.

And what would an evolutionary timeline be without a few genetic missteps along the way (e.g. 1965’s entry on the timeline… and perhaps others?)?



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