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RAIN 7/5: AARP launches 18-channel web radio service, powered by Slacker

Posted on: 07/05/2011

AARP AIMS TO “ACT AS A GUIDE FOR MILLIONS OF OLDER LISTENERSCURIOUS ABOUT DIGITAL MUSIC

AARP yesterday launched 18 Internet radio streams powered by Slacker. According to The New York Times, Concord Music Group (a record company which in 2007 jointly launched the Hear Music label with Starbucks) programmed the channels, each of which includes about 500 tracks.

“The idea,” writes NYT, “is for the organization [AARP] to act as a guide for millions of older listeners who are curious but may be intimidated by digital music.”

Each channel focuses on a genre (including rock, blues, jazz, classical, modern hits, R&B and more) and features a selection of Slacker’s interactive features (like song skipping).

You can find the AARP Internet radio stations here, read the organization’s press release here and find NYT’s coverage here.

UK BROADCASTER LAUNCHES STREAMS ON WE7

UK broadcaster GMG Radio (Guardian Media Group’s radio division) recently launched its three radio genre categories — Smooth, Real and Rock Radio — as streams on the web-only European music service We7.

GMG Radio’s stations are also available through Radioplayer, the UK’s all-in-one radio platform (RAIN coverage here). The broadcaster already provides We7 with news and entertainment content.

We7 aims to be Europe’s Pandora with its offering of customizable web radio streams, but also provides on-demand features (RAIN coverage here). Read more from GMG Radio here.

SOUNDEXCHANGE POSTS WEBINAR FOR WEBCASTERS ON YOUTUBE

SoundExchange and Triton Digital Media recently conducted a webinar for “service providers” (e.g. webcasters) that make use of copyright recordings on a digital platform (see coverage here). SoundExchange has now made the audio and accompanying visuals for the “Q2Y11 Webinar for Service Providers” available on its YouTube channel here (it’s also here).

SoundExchange is a sponsor of RAIN Summit Chicago, September 13, immediately preceding the NAB/RAB Radio Show.

ARS TECHNICA LOOKS TO ROCKY LEGAL HISTORY OF CLOUD MUSIC TO PREDICT GOOGLE, AMAZON’S FUTURE

Are the new cloud music services from Google and Amazon, in fact, illegal? That’s the question taken up by a new in-depth article from Ars Technica. The publication examines the history of cloud services (especially Michael Robertson’s MP3.com) to predict what may happen to Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player. Find the article here.



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