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RAIN 6/27: TuneIn Radio iPhone app update recommends stations based on your music library

Posted on: 06/27/2011

TUNEIN RADIO SAYS STATIONS USING AIR API MORE LIKELY TO BE MATCHED UP WITH LISTENERS

TuneIn Radio’s iPhone app was recently updated to provide users with personalized radio station recommendations based on the music in their iPod library.

Basically, the app looks through what music you recently listened to on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and compares it to TuneIn Radio’s playlist database. It then offers a list of radio stations that play similar music.

TuneIn Radio’s playlist database is built on — among various data sources — information from broadcasters using TuneIn Radio’s AIR API. Stations that use the AIR API are more likely to appear in the app’s recommendation area.

I gave the new feature a test drive over the weekend and came away impressed. More often than not, the stations TuneIn Radio recommended played my kind of music. I hadn’t even heard of most of the stations recommended to me. In a way, the app created my own personalized tuning dial that I could use to bounce from station to station — even though the stations were based in faraway cities and countries.

TuneIn Radio even suggests more stations similar to the ones you’re enjoying. Put simply, TuneIn Radio’s app is an easy and addictive way to discover new radio stations.

I do wish TuneIn Radio could provide more information about why stations were recommended to me. Not all of the stations recommended were good matches and I’m curious why they were offered in the first place. No doubt TuneIn Radio could provide interesting information like this if more broadcasters used the AIR API.

Radio stations should do all the can to help aggregators like TuneIn Radio offer this kind of personalized, curated information. TuneIn currently offers 50,000 radio streams. One of the best ways to cut through the noise and reach the right listeners is through these kinds of features. — MS

TURNTABLE.FM SHUTS DOWN INTERNATIONAL LISTENING

Social music service Turntable.fm “pulled a Pandora,” as All Things Digital writes and shut down international listening due to licensing constraints.

“This is good news,” argues All Things Digital (here). “It’s another sign that Turntable is trying to figure out how to use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act as a way around having to negotiate onerous music licenses, which improves its chances for survival.”

You can find our previous coverage about Turntable.fm here.

RADIO INK: CLEAR CHANNEL TO DEBUT PANDORA COMPETITOR IN FALL

A beta version of Clear Channel’s answer to Pandora will be available through iHeartRadio this fall, Radio Ink reports. The coming personalizable radio platform will be based on Thumbplay, the on-demand music subscription service Clear Channel purchased in March 2011 (RAIN coverage here). Find more coverage from Radio Ink here.

LISTENER DRIVEN RADIO CROWDSOURCING COMING TO TWO OASIS STATIONS

The Oasis Radio Group and Listener Driven Radio have partnered to bring crowdsourced radio to two Fort Wayne stations. WBTU-FM will air LDR programming 7pm-12am daily, while WJFX-FM will use LDR to make the evening show “completely interactive.”



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