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RAIN 5/12: Google wants fully-interactive music service, complete with Net radio

Posted on: 05/12/2011

SOURCE SAYSDOOR REMAINS OPENFOR RADIO STREAMING, OTHER FEATURES

Yesterday we reported how Google’s new cloud-based Music Beta service can create Pandora-like playlists using songs in your library (RAIN coverage here). But now Billboard reports that Google has bigger things in mind.

The company wants to build fully-interactive music service “that includes a Pandora-like radio function,” presumably streaming music not included in a user’s library. “According to one source, the company decided to add the non-interactive streaming feature two to three months ago,” reports Billboard.

Like other innovative services Google had in mind, the radio streaming feature was benched after negotiations with record labels stalled. That said, “Another source believes the door remains open for Google to launch the service it desires.”

You can read more from Billboard here. For more analysis on Google Music Beta and why negotiations with the labels failed, find The New York Times’ coverage here and further info from Billboard here.

WEBSITE SENDS ARTIST REQUESTS VIA SOCIAL NETWORKS TO AM/FM STATIONS

Spins.fm is an easy-to-use website that lets users send artist requests via Facebook and Twitter to their local broadcast radio stations. The site even provides the request line number for each station. You can try it here.

JACOBS: NOW IS THE TIME FOR RADIO TO DEFEND ITS SPOT IN THE CAR

Broadcast radio’s strongest argument — and best hope — for remaining more than a blip on Americans’ media radar in the future is its prominence in the car. But new media players like Pandora are working hard and will continue to up their game to establish a foothold in the vehicle (just as they did in the office, home, and on portable devices).

Jacobs Media president Fred Jacobs, in his blog today, calls for a new strategy from broadcasters aimed at maintaining in-car dominance.

“The radio industry needs to act proactively to set up a task force to address the changing interiors of cars and trucks,” he writes. “As radios at home diminish, and at-work listening is challenged by online streaming, the car remains that last bastion of AM/FM domination. But not for long.”

Read the JacoBlog here.

DICE LAUNCHES IN-CAR LIVIO RADIO INTEGRATION KITS

DICE Electronics announced today the launch of 2011 Silverline DUO Integration Kits with Livio Radio. The in-car OEM add on and upgrade kit lets users stream and control over 45,000 Internet radio stations via car stereo controls, as well as steering wheel or console buttons.

An iPhone is required to connect to the web. More info about the $190 DICE kit can be found here.

MARK CUBAN WANTSNOTHING BUT MUSIC” ON HDNET’S SUNDAYS

Entrepreneur Mark Cuban apparently has “big plans” for his HDNET TV network. “Traditionally music hasn’t worked on television but now that sets are high def, big screens, stereo sound, 5.1 or better sound, we decided on HDNET all Sunday was going to be nothing but music,” he said.

“Where I think it’s going, what we’re working on, is making it live…One of the things that separates sports from everything else is it’s live.” HypeBot has more coverage here.



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