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RAIN 12/9: Imeem offers customizable online radio app for Google phones

Posted on: 12/09/2008

NEW IMEEM MOBILE APP FOR GOOGLE PHONES EARNS HIGH MARKS IN WIRED REVIEW

Imeem has launched its streaming music application for the T-Mobile G1 (also known as Google’s Android phone), which, along with “devices like Slacker (and) applications like Pandora on the iPhone… (is) making programmed music portable again — and with far more customization and interactivity features than we had during FM radio’s heyday,” writes Wired’s Eliot Van Buskirk.

Listeners get a stream of music after choosing a station or favorite artist. According to Van Buskirk’s review, songs can be instantly banned or “designated as a favorite,” and the listener can skip up to six songs an hour. One cool feature is the ability to listen to the music that’s most popular with other imeem users in your geographical area. Van Buskirk found that the “buy” links to Amazon’s MP3 store, while easy to use, did not always find product he was able to find in the store through other methods. An additional aggravation is the need for a USB-to-headphone adapter… there’s no standard headphone jack! Read more in Wired here.

WFUV LAUNCHES INTERNET/HD RADIO CHANNEL DEVOTED TO NY MUSIC

Fordham University station WFUV has launched “The Alternate Side,” an Internet and HD radio stream featuring underground and indie music from the Big Apple.

The single-channel stream features current acts like MGMT and Santogold, but also classic New York rockers like Sonic Youth and The National. Social networking is also built into the new site, allowing local acts to create profiles and upload music while listeners can build mp3 playlists.

“New York has always been known for its musical exports. But, unless you happen to live here and be an avid venue-hopper, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the new music,” said Rich McLaughlin, Content Director for The Alternate Side. “In launching The Alternate Side, for the first time ever, there’s an internet site and HD Radio channel devoted to emerging New York City artists and bands.

Listen now at thealternateside.org or on HD 90.7 FM WFUV-HD3.

COLLEGE RADIO STAYS RELEVANT THROUGH INTERNET PROMOTION

In an article on contemporary college radio and its survival in an Internet age, the New York Times writes, “instead of clashing with the Internet, the 700 or so college stations around North America have persevered alongside it, settling into a role as the slower but more loyal foil to the fickle blogosphere.” And there’s still a place for college radio in promoting new bands. Kris Chen, an executive at XL Recordings, whose artists include Vampire Weekend and Devendra Banhart, told the paper, “College radio is still tremendously important. And as college radio reaches farther now because of the Internet, its usefulness has increased and adapted.” Read this entire article online here.

AOL RADIO VP DISCUSSES PATH TO MERGER WITH CBS

AOL EVP Kevin Conroy has a short essay on RBR on his company’s decision to merge its online radio product, AOL Radio, with CBS Radio last March. Last week, CBS Radio took over Yahoo!‘s LAUNCHcast product. The combination of CBS Radio, AOL Radio, and LAUNCHcast streams makes CBS Radio by far the largest online radio network. Read Conroy’s essay for RBR here.



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