RAIN 10/9: New $6 app puts nearly every broadcaster on the iPhone
WUNDERRADIO APP BRINGS THOUSANDS OF RADIO STREAMS TO IPHONEAnn Arbor, MI-based weather service Weather Underground has launched a $5.99 Internet radio iPhone application based on RadioTime’s stream aggregation service called WunderRadio. According to a company press release (here), WunderRadio both “utilizes the iPhone’s GPS capability to locate nearby radio stations including NOAA weather radio streams” and “provides a quick and easy way to find radio content from thousands of stations across the world.”
Industry pundit Mark Ramsey makes the excellent point (here) that the app “has probably already brought your radio station to the iPhone without you lifting a finger,” and asks, “Do I want to download the app from AOL Radio that has only the CBS stations (along with lots of generic all-music ones) or the app that has EVERY radio station?. Hmmm.” And the Chicago Tribune’s Redeye’s Scott Kleinberg raves (here), “I have never seen a collection of stations this massive on the Internet in any one place.”
CBS RADIO TO CONSOLIDATE LISTENER CLUBS USING TRITON’S MASS 2 ONECBS Radio has announced it will combine and streamline all their stations’ “loyal listener” databases using Triton’s Mass 2 One product, beginning in the L.A. market.
LAST.FM PARTNERS FOR LYRIC SERVICEThrough a partnership with LyricFind, Last.fm will enable listeners access to the lyrics for 800,000 tracks. Users can find the lyrics by clicking through Last.fm’s website until they reach the page for the individual song. For more, read Mashable’s coverage here.
NEW MUSIC DISCOVERY SERVICE MUFIN TAKES CUE FROM PANDORA MUSIC GENOMEThe new personalized “music discovery site” called Mufin (sic), announced at Berlin’s PopKomm conference, is now in private beta. Users, by entering the name of a favorite song, will be presented with a “selection with songs that sound similar using semantic algorithms that determine unique audio fingerprints for each track.” The company says it generates the unique fingerprints based on “more than 40 characteristics such as tempo, instruments, sound density, and rhythm structure,” which sounds very much like Pandora’s Music Genome database. The major differences here: Mufin’s “fingerprint” is created by “audio identification” algorithms and not human music experts, and the new service seems to be more about on-demand listening and playlist creation, not Internet radio.
Mufin, a subsidiary of the German MAGIX AG, by the way, touts its access across “current geographic and marketing boundaries.” Given the often complicated differences across different countries’ rights regimes, Pandora limits use to U.S. audiences. For more, read the official press release here.
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