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RAIN 8/5: New Sirius 2.0 platform to include "Pandora-like" personalization by early 2012

Posted on: 08/05/2011

CNET: NEW 2.0 SERVICE IS SAT BROADCASTER’S “ANSWER TO INTERNET RADIO PRODUCTS

Satellite radio broadcaster Sirius XM will roll-out Pandora-like personalization features in early 2012 as part of their new Android-powered 2.0 service.

The service — what CNet calls Sirius XM’s “answer to Internet radio products” — will also include on-demand functionality, DVR-like controls and more programming. Details about the personalization features have not yet been released.

As Sirius XM 2.0 will run on the Android platform and “employs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Internet” connectivity, new hardware will be required. Two new radios will arrive later this year, reportedly in time for holiday shopping.

The personalizable 2.0 service will be available in certain 2013 model cars. CNet has more coverage here.

Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin offered hints about the 2.0 service back in November 2010 (RAIN coverage here).

Clear Channel also hopes to compete with customizable web radio services by adding Pandora-like features to its iHeartRadio platform (more coverage here).

INTERNET RADIO AWARDS ENTRY DEADLINE THIS SUNDAY

If you haven’t yet submitted your station or webcast service in the “RAIN Internet Radio Awards“:http://kurthanson.com/awards/, please make this your weekend priority. Sunday night at 11:59pm CDT, we’ll stop taking entries, and the field will be set!

We want to help you show off what you’ve achieved! Nominate your service in any of four categories: Best Single-Stream Webcaster (won last year by HardRadio.com), Best Overall Digital Strategy, (won in 2010 by CBS Radio), Best Streaming Broadcaster (which went to 1500 ESPN/Twin Cities last year), and Best Overall Online Radio Service (taken by Pandora in 2010). It’s quick and easy, and all the details are here. An panel of independent experts will judge the entries and select the winners, who’ll be awarded September 13 at RAIN Summit Chicago (for which we hope you also register!). Good luck!

SALEM INTERNET REVENUE UP 61% TO OVER $7m

Salem’s Internet division revenue increased 61% this quarter to reach $7.6 million, according to Tom Taylor’s Radio-Info newsletter.

Taylor reports that part of that revenue is due to acquisitions of three web properties (WorshipHouse Media, Hot Air Media and GodTube).

Salem CEO Ed Atsinger expects digital to become 20% to 25% of Salem’s total revenue and help bolster the company’s overall growth in the rough economy. Read more from Tom Taylor here.

FORD LOWERS PRICE OF NET RADIO-STREAMING DASHBOARD SYSTEM

Hoping to get the Internet radio-friendly dashboard system into more new cars, Ford has lowered the price of its Sync platform by $100 (from $395 to $295) and has made it a standard option on more models. Engadget reports (here) that the carmaker hopes to “roll out the system across its entire lineup in three years time.”

For more on Sync, find RAIN‘s in-car Internet radio round-up here.

EX-GOOGLE ENGINEER LAUNCHES TURNTABLE.FM CLONE

A new service by the name of Rolling.fm, created by former Google senior software engineer Tim Zhou’s social media advertising startup Tenka.com, is a near copy of social Net radio service Turntable.fm.

Eliot Van Buskirk notes at Evolver.fm that besides some visual tweaks, the biggest difference between Rolling and Turntable is the type of music being played in rooms. “Who knows — we could be just about to witness an explosion of group listening services, each with its own twist on the Turntable.fm concept that will appeal to a different demographic,” he writes (here).



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