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RAIN 7/19: Pandora-like radio feature missing from Spotify's U.S. launch

Posted on: 07/19/2011

SPOTIFY: ARTIST RADIO MISSING DUE TO LICENSING AGREEMENTS

Popular on-demand music subscription service Spotify launched in the U.S. last week (more here) but one feature available to European users — Artist Radio — is missing due to licensing constraints.

Much like Pandora, Spotify’s Artist Radio creates a radio-like playlist of music similar to a specified artist. As Spotify is on-demand, listeners have more control over the generated playlists (for example, going back to previous tracks or skipping ahead to get to a specific song).

It’s available to Spotify’s European users and is explained on this UK webpage. We noticed on the day Spotify launched in the U.S. that the feature was missing.

A member of Spotify’s support team told RAIN that “the lack of a radio feature for the time being is a factor of licensing agreements with the rights holders but it will eventually be available.”

So, for the time being, there are no radio-like features in the U.S. version of Spotify.

Other Spotify-like music services, like Rdio or MOG, do include radio features. Rdio creates artist-centric playlists, with similar music mixed in if the user desires.

MOG’s radio service also centers around different artists, but includes interactive sliders that allow users to control how much recommended content is added. Read more in RAIN here.

EMMIS BEHIND WRXP’S WEB RADIO FUTURE

It’s official: Emmis Communications has announced that New York rock station WRXP-FM (101.9) will live on as an Internet radio stream. An announcement about the stream was posted on WRXP’s website last week (RAIN coverage here), but it was not clear who was backing the venture.

The web stream will be available via 1019RXP.com and WRXP’s iPhone and Android apps. “Emmis has some big things in the works to continue expanding our digital footprint,” said an Emmis VP.

Merlin Media is now the majority owner of WRXP but is expected to flip the station to news programming.

Another Emmis station sold to Merlin Media, Chicago’s WKQX, also has an online future. The station’s alternative rock brand Q101 will continue as an Internet radio station, but with the backing of Broadcast Barter Radio Networks, not Emmis (RAIN coverage here and here).

ABACAST HOSTS WEBINAR TOMORROW ON PROFITABLE STREAMING BLUEPRINT

Abacast tomorrow will host a free webinar, focusing on “a specific blueprint for achieving profitable radio streaming.” It will be hosted by Abacast’s Michael Dalfonzo and the Center for Sales Strategy’s Matt Sunshine.

The one-hour webinar begins at noon (Central time) tomorrow, Wednesday July 20. Find out more here.

ESPN TOUTS NET RADIO SERVICES WITH CLEVER, SLIGHTLY CREEPY, VIDEO AD

“This is the first campaign ESPN has executed that specifically promotes the numerous options fans have for listening to ESPN Radio content,” comments ESPN. Specifically, that’s ESPN Radio’s smartphone app, website streams, and podcasts.

The ad was created by Wieden + Kennedy for ESPN, reports Tom Taylor in Radio-Info.com. Like nearly all ESPN ads, it’s clever and funny. Watch the ad and see the “over the shoulder” shot (it’s on an ear, which of course, doesn’t have shoulders) and you can see the costume department even thought to put a little hair on the ear. Eww. Though perhaps it makes sense for the target audience! The video is here.



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