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RAIN 11/21: Jacobs creates iPhone app for single station brands

Posted on: 11/21/2008

APP LINKS DIRECTLY TO SINGLE STATION AS OPPOSED TO STREAM AGGREGATOR

In most iPhone streaming radio applications, like AOL Radio, users scroll through long lists of stations to find the one they want to listen to. Jacobs Media is trying to change that format with their new application, which plants an individual station and brand right on the iPhone desktop. This gives a listener a direct link to his or her favorite station, as opposed to having to search through a directory of hundreds or even thousands of online options. Stations can include up to 5 streams through the application, including HD or side channels. Greater Media stations will be the first to use the application, starting with WRIF-FM Detroit and following with WMMR-FM Philadelphia, WBOS-FM Boston and WRAT-FM Point Pleasant, NJ.

NET RADIO SALES EXPERTS SEEK TO PUT MEDIUM ON BUYERSMAP

The International Radio and Television Society Foundation gathered Internet radio sales experts this week for a discussion called “Digital Extensions: Radio’s Non Traditional Revenue.” Tom Taylor, covering the event for Radio-Info, summarized the discussion: “Several years into radio’s digital experience, it needs tools and standards and an attitude of ‘keeping it easy’ for radio, clients and agencies.”

Participants included panel moderator Brian Benedik of Katz 360 and panel organizer Bruce Feniger of Katz, Triton’s Mike Agovino, TargetSpot’s Eric Ronning, Ando Media’s Paul Krasinski, Google Audio Ads director Bruce Falck, and Zenithmedia buying exec Matt Feinberg. Tom Taylor has lots of quotes and a good summary of the discussion, and his coverage is recommended reading (here).

CHRYSLER TO SHOWCASEWEB EDITIONPACKAGE

Chrysler, which recently added in-car UConnect Wi-Fi as an option (RAIN coverage here), will be showcasing a “Web Edition” package at the San Francisco Auto Show. The package includes the UConnect router, an 8GB iPod touch (for tuning into Internet radio), a Sony PSP, a Dell Mini 9 laptop, an Eye-Fi WiFi SD card and one year Internet service. The package will be priced at $1,999 and will be available for most Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge vehicles. For more, read Engadget’s coverage here.

WEBCASTER SETTLEMENT MAY LEAVE SMALLER FIRMS IN A TOUGH SPOT, SAYS INDUSTRY ATTORNEY

Industry attorney David Oxenford notes in his Broadcast Law Blog (here) that recent articles on webcasters like Tim Westergren of Pandora and Jon Potter, President of DiMA, indicate that a resolution between large-commercial webcasters and SoundExchange could be near.

However, Westergren called the deal “tremendously unfair,” and noted that “perhaps not all webcasters would be able to survive at the rate being discussed, and some might have to try to enter into their own agreements to fit other types of webcast operations,” according to Oxenford (RAIN coverage here). Indeed, there has been uncertainty as to where small commercial and non-commercial webcasters will stand, and Oxenford reveals that settlements with non-DiMA groups will only take place after a resolution is reached with the DiMA webcasters.

“This approach may make some sense as the copyright holders don’t want any deals that they cut with small webcasters or noncommercial parties that could affect their negotiations with larger webcasters, from whom the vast bulk of their revenues are derived,” writes Oxenford. “This approach does put smaller parties, who are often most worried about potential liabilities and most sensitive to uncertainty, into a very uncomfortable position.”



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