RAIN 12/8: Google releases Chrome app store, unveils desktop OS
DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO CREATE “ONLINE” APPS?Google has launched a new app store for its Chrome web browser and upcoming Chrome operating system. The Chrome Web Store is similar to Apple’s App Store and “a big gift to Web developers,” according to CNet.
While some of the currently-available apps are nothing more than bookmarks to existing websites, the store gives “developers a new avenue to put their best Web work into a well-organized market, and it also goads developers to work on building HTML5 apps for the Web-centric Chrome OS Netbooks, which are expected to arrive in mid-2011.” App prices range from free to a few dollars to in-app payments to yearly subscriptions.
The new operating system will run software stored on the Internet, rather than on the user’s computer’s hard drive. The browser is reportedly 50 times faster than it was two years ago.
There currently aren’t many streaming radio apps in the Chrome Web Store (though MOG’s HTML5 beauty is worth checking out). One could certainly argue that Net radio services need not build Chrome apps — they’re already online, no? But, like Apple’s App Store, the Chrome Web Store looks to be an excellent opportunity to expose your service to new users while offering new monetization options. CNet has more coverage here. — MS
UK’S RADIOPLAYER UNVEILS RATE CARD, LOOKS TO START LAUNCH IN JANUARYThe UK’s Radioplayer aims to provide a single online location for folks to tune in to all UK radio stations (RAIN coverage here). Now Radioplayer has released a rate card and other information for stations looking to join the new platform. Prices range from £90 to £23,040 depending on a station’s audience size.
“One of Radioplayer’s founding principles is fairness,” said Michael Hill, Managing Director of not-for-profit UK Radioplayer Ltd. “We want to create a level playing field where the UK radio industry can agree on technology, and compete on content.”
Hundreds of stations have reportedly signaled their interest in Radioplayer, while launch partners included the BBC, Global Radio, Absolute Radio and others. Radioplayer will start a “phased roll out” in January 2011 and should have a full public launch ready to go by February. NewsonNews.com has more coverage here.
GRACENOTE HINTS AT MOOD-BASED STREAMING SERVICE, COMING CES 2011?Sony-division Gracenote will debut a mood-based streaming music service at CES 2011 for connected devices, “such as TVs.” That’s according to Gracenote Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Ty Roberts who spoke at San Francisco’s annual Music Tech Summit. CNet observes (here): “While Gracenote’s playlist technology is most famous for working behind the scenes in products like Apple’s iTunes, the leap into the realm of Internet-connected TVs may help the company step into the spotlight.”
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