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At CES: New service to cache Net radio on iPhone

Posted on: 01/08/2008

From the TechCrunch blog: “A new service called FlyTunes and announced today at CES in Las Vegas will make it easy to play internet radio on your iPhone or other cellular/wifi-enabled device.

“The free, ad-supported service won’t be released until January 21st… But it’s already being touted as a challenge to satellite radio, which costs a significant amount of money, requires special hardware, and provides a more limited range of channels than can be found on the net.

“FlyTunes will serve up audio content from the thousands of internet radio stations on the web and tailor its selection to your preferences (you can tag favorite songs or songs that you never want to hear again). The service will pre-cache a default of 30 minutes of content from a particular station, with more caching available when you think you might lose cell service while traveling… This caching will also allow you to rewind and fast forward through a station…

“FlyTunes plans on delivering targeted advertising along the lines of Google AdSense… characteriz(ing) its advertising possibilities as providing a viable business model for internet radio.”

Read more from TechCrunch here.

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