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RAIN 5/3: Pandora, NPR win big in 2011 Webby Awards

Posted on: 05/03/2011


Pandora and NPR turned out to be the big winners in the 15th Annual Webby Awards. The winners were announced today, with Pandora taking home the Webby Award and People’s Voice Award in the Music category — both for its website and its mobile apps.

NPR won both the Webby and People’s Voice Award in the Radio/Podcast category, as well as the Webby and People’s Voice Award in the News category. This American Life’s iPhone app won the Webby for best entertainment on handheld devices.

You can find the complete list of Webby award winners and nominees here. Read our earlier coverage of the nominees here. The Webbys will be presented in an award ceremony on June 13.


Pandora founder Tim Westergren announced on the company’s blog that they’ve reached their 10 billionth “thumb” song rating. It was a thumbs-up and it went to “Ridin’ Solo” by Jason DeRulo. (Westergren doesn’t say what the ratio is between thumbs-up and thumbs-down ratings.)

Additionally, Westergren reveals that the service now has 800,000 songs in its collection, 95% of which are apparently played each month. Earlier this year it was reported that the service’s library contains 80,000 artists. You can find Westergren’s blog post here.


RBR.com reports today that the publicly-traded parent company of webcaster RadioIO has eliminated its debt by paying creditors with preferred stock in the company.

IO World Media, which owns RadioIO (and, which, in turn is the Internet home of well-known talent Bubba the Love Sponge) erased nearly $6 million in debt with the “debt-for-equity” exchange. The deal netted officers, directors, and affiliates of the company three million preferred shares.

“According to an SEC filing, the preferred stock is convertible to common stock on a one-to-one basis, but may be redeemed by the company for $1 per preferred share under certain circumstances,” RBR reports. “The common stock has recently been trading around 18-20 cents per share.”

Read RBR‘s story here.


TuneIn Radio’s CEO Bill Moore tells Radio Ink that “over 300,000 new TuneIn users are activated every day.” However, he goes on to say that “despite wide adoption we don’t have a much revenue and won’t until we can be part of a solution where Internet radio becomes profitable.” You can find the full article here.

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  1. The Pandora story indicates that Pandora has actually slowed down in the number of tracks added, last May I saw a post in their blog that said about 700,000 and in July it said 750,000 tracks.

    Some musicians I know indicate their submissions are stalled there, and they have not heard back. Prominent artists I know about have not had any new music they have added, one I know has about 20 active albums out but only five or six are listed on Pandora at this time. This is a classical crossover act that is very widely known.

    But the same can be said throughout the entire music community and throught all genres and styles on Pandora now, plus there are some definitely missing materials from some genres as well.

    James Anderson · May 3, 10:35 AM · #

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