RAIN 1/25: In-car Internet radio round-up!
RAIN OFFERS HANDY GUIDE TO DASHBOARD WEB RADIO SYSTEMSWhew! It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks for in-car Internet radio. Nearly every major car maker (and a slew of third-party retailers) has introduced some sort of dashboard Net radio system. And frankly, it’s tough to keep track of it all. That’s why today RAIN presents a round-up of in-car Internet radio:
FORD: AppLink Sync
BMW: BMW Connected
MINI: Mini Connected
SMART: Smart Drive
HYUNDAI: Pandora integration
MERCEDES-BENZ: Pandora integration + Terminal Mode
VOLKSWAGEN: Net-connected dashboard
This list doesn’t even touch third-party sellers like Pioneer, Alpine, Kenwood and others that offer dozens of car stereos with Internet radio support.
We’d also like to point out that most, if not all, in-car Internet radio systems use Bluetooth to stream music from a smartphone to the car stereo. This means ANY Net radio app can easily be played on the dashboard, though you won’t be able to control playback with touchscreen buttons, fancy joysticks or voice commands. — MS
THREE FREE INDUSTRY WEBINARS THIS WEEKWebcasters and other professionals involved in the Internet radio industry have (at least) three educational opportunities this week, as Abacast, the Conclave, and SoundExchange will host free “webinars.” In chronological order:
Tomorrow Abacast will host a webinar examining the threat to radio radio posed by “hyperlocal” online companies like Groupon, Patch, Reach Local, and DataSphere — and how to compete against them. The event, called “Competing and Winning Against the New Threats to Radio,” is sponsored by Radio-Info, and will be hosted by Abacast’s Michael Dalfonzo with guest Mel Taylor of Mel Taylor Media. Read more and register for the 1pm ET (12N CT) event here.
Also tomorrow, the Conclave presents the free webinar “Community & the Social Media Equation” (3pm ET, 2pm CT) featuring author Eve Mayer Orsburn. She is CEO of Social Media Delivered, a social media company which offers strategies for LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and blogs. She is also author of the book Social Media for the CEO. Preregistration for the webinar is necessary to participate, here.
SoundExchange is hosting its another webinar for webcasters and other music service providers on Thursday at 2pm ET. SoundExchange tells us it’ll be “a no-holds-barred Q&A with our legal team, finance folks, leadership, and communications staff… (to) discuss the new webcasting rates and terms — what they are and who they affect.” First Amendment, copyright and trademark attorney Kevin M. Goldberg will also participate. Register (and submit questions in advance, if you like) here.
AOL LAUNCHES “LATE-NIGHT COMEDY BLOCK” OF PODCASTS FROM CAROLLA, OTHERSAOL on Monday launched a late-night comedy block of video podcasts from comedian/radio personality Adam Carolla (pictured left), along with Kevin Pollak and director Kevin Smith. The program includes “my best rants, best jokes, best ideas,” according to Carolla, with visuals added.
“The idea is to take these very popular podcasts with their very rabid audiences and find a platform-appropriate way to create a programming block,” said Amber Lawson, AOL’s head of programming. The Hollywood Reporter has more coverage here.
“Dear Radio Industry,” begins Mark Ramsey in his analysis of the deal (here), “please explain to me why this deal is being done by AOL instead of you.”
TRITON DIGITAL OFFERS CLIENTS “TESTING GROUND” FOR PROMOTIONAL INITIATIVESTriton Digital Media has announced the launch of Triton Digital Labs, a free service for its clients, which it calls “a testing ground“ to measure and analyze the success of radio programming and on-air and online promotions.
“In today’s world, where audiences have so many choices as to how they consume music, loyalty and engagement are more important than ever,” said Bob Walker, Program Director at WCTK, one of the first stations to use the new service. “Using Triton’s online tools improves our measurement and engagement with our listeners, and that’s something that our advertisers benefit from as well.”
Read the press release here.
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