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RAIN 11/16: Clear Channel's iHeartRadio coming to Toyota models in 2011

Posted on: 11/16/2010

TOYOTA JOINS FORD, GM, MERCEDES, BMW IN BRINGING NET RADIO TO DASHBOARDS

Toyota has announced it will bring Clear Channel’s mobile Net radio app iHeartRadio into select models next year. This is Toyota’s first foray into in-car Internet radio and the first in-car partnership involving Clear Channel.

The companies were light on details, saying they’ll announce more at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this January. One unanswered question is how Toyota cars will connect to the web. Other car manufacturers with Internet radio aspirations like Ford, GM, Mercedes and BMW have announced systems that rely on the driver bringing the data connection with him or her — in the form of a smartphone.

However iHeartRadio is delivered to drivers, the bottom line is another major car manufacturer is bringing Internet radio to dashboards. 2011 will be an interesting year to say the least. CNet has more coverage here.

CROWD-SOURCED PROGRAMS COMING TO 3 PHILLY-AREA STATIONS

The two leading names in crowd-sourced radio, Jelli and Listener Driven Radio, are adding new on-air programs to stations in and around Philadelphia. Jelli will deliver programming on CBSWYSP (94.1), which will feature Jelli programming every weekday evening, and Nassau’s WPST in nearby Trenton, NJ.

Meanwhile, Listener Driven Radio has added Clear Channel’s WISX Mix 106.1 as an affiliate. “We’re calling this new feature Mix Control,” said Brian Check, Clear Channel Philadelphia Operations Manager. “It gives listeners in Philadelphia an unprecedented voice in driving the music.”

Both services allow listeners to vote for songs online, which directly affects on-air programming.

LIVE365 LAUNCHES BETA NET RADIO SITE TARGETING WOMEN

Live365 has launched the beta of Athena365, an Internet radio site targeting women. The site, found here, is basically a re-branded Live365 with a focus on “female-friendly music and talk stations.”

Heidi Elgaard, Marketing Director for Live365 and Athena365, said that “by narrowing our audience focus with this initiative, we have a unique opportunity to provide a richer and more personal online radio experience.” You can find Live365’s press release here.

PANDORA MAY BE ON THE NOOK, BUT SLACKER IS NOT COMING TO KINDLES

A few reports have surfaced lately, suggesting that Slacker is coming to the Kindle — Amazon’s eReader device. It may sound silly, until you consider that Pandora is available on Barnes & Noble’s new color Nook eReader (RAIN coverage here).

However, Slacker tells PC Magazine (here) that its service will not be coming to Kindle. Best stick to your iPads for Net radio and eBooks folks.



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