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RAIN 2/1: Canadian ISP sets monthly usage limit, but cap shouldn't cramp online listening

Posted on: 02/01/2011

THOUGH FEARS OF OVERAGE COULD LEAD TO OVERLY-CONSERVATIVE DATA USAGE

Usage-Based Billing (UBB) has been approved for use in Canada and as a result, some Ontario TekSavvy subscribers will soon be slammed with a 25GB per month cap, down from 200GB per month. Overages will cost $1.90-$2.35 per 1GB. Ars Technica has more coverage here.

If such data caps become a trend in Canada (if not elsewhere) — some may expect Internet radio to suffer. But would it? Radio expert James Cridland calculates (here) that listening to BBC Radio 3 online for an hour eats 144MB. With a 25GB cap and doing nothing else online, that means you could listen to around 170 hours of radio before getting hit with overages.

For reference, Pandora caps free users at 40 hours of listening — or roughly 5-6GB using Cridland’s figure — per month. Not that Pandora is available in Canada.

Beyond the numbers though, data caps may change how people use the Internet in general. Knowing you have a limited amount of bandwidth may make you think twice about using anything but the “bare essentials” like email (and perhaps Facebook). That may hurt Net radio alongside other services like Netflix (which is understandably angry at ISPs). — MS

RADIOTIME SUPER BOWL DIRECTORY AGGREGATES COVERAGE LEADING UP TO BIG GAME

Hey, isn’t there some football game this weekend? My mind is swimming in blizzard predictions, Egyptian protesters, and clamor over repealing healthcare reform, and I haven’t even been keeping track of every last detail leading up to Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV in Dallas (that’d be the Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Green Bay Packers, right?).

RadioTime’s Scott Fleischer checked in to let us know they’ve created a special subdirectory in the RadioTime guide with tons of Super Bowl programming from Dallas (and more being added). There are links to live and on-demand programming, from the biggest syndicated talkers to fan podcasts, and of course, a link to tune in to Sunday’s live play-by-play. Getcher game on here.

RadioTime’s tuning software powers numerous consumer electronic devices and provides the interface for listeners to search, browse, and find tens of thousands of online listening options.

Speaking of RadioTime, CNet’s “Tap That App” show (I know, I know) recently raved about the company’s TuneIn Radio app for Apple mobile devices. Watch the video here. — PM

WEBCASTER EAST VILLAGE RADIO LAUNCHING SINGLE-OF-MONTH CLUB

Internet radio service East Village Radio will launch a Single of the Month Club called EVR Records on March 7. The first single will come from UK group Swimming.

EVR DJ’s are regularly breaking new acts via their radio shows and have so much passion about the music they play during their two-hour weekly shows,” said Peter Ferraro, General Manger of EVR. “We wanted to give them an opportunity to help the acts they love and to A&R their own releases.” Find out more from East Village Radio here.



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