Enjoy great online radio at AccuRadio




RAIN 6/4: NPR leading the way for all of mainstream media, says Mashable

Posted on: 06/04/2009

NPR’S WEBCASTING STRATEGIES MAKE IT A UNIVERSAL MEDIA LEADER

NPR is a well-recognized webcasting leader, establishing high standards for streaming and podcasting quality, as well as pioneering user engagement and interaction. Mashable columnist Josh Catone asserts (here) that NPR’s strategies in these areas will be the route to follow for all mainstream media — not just Internet or broadcast radio — in the future.

Catone points to NPR’s dedication to local coverage and their interaction with listeners on social networks as pillars to NPR’s success so far, and foundations that the network can build upon going into the future. Most importantly though, he says, is NPR’s willingness to let “listeners and readers to access their content on their own terms.” Users can access content online and on mobile devices, while developers and listeners alike can “remix and reuse” NPR content.

PALM PRE MUSIC-FRIENDLY, BEST iPHONE CONTENDER YET SAYS NYT

The Palm Pre, available this Saturday, packs some impressive music-friendly features. The New York Times found that the Pre can run multiple applications at the same time, so, unlike current iPhones, a user can listen to Internet radio while checking his or her email or writing a text message.

Additionally, syncing music to the Pre is easy as adding tunes to an iPod, mostly because iTunes recognizes the Pre as an iPod! The smartphone also packs a standard headphone jack, and of course one of the first applications available from Palm’s App Catalog will be Pandora Internet radio. That makes the Pre a very music friendly phone, and overall an “an elegant, joyous, multitouch smartphone; it’s the iPhone remixed…a spectacular achievement,” says New York Times reporter David Pogue. Read Pogue’s full thoughts here.

ECONOMY CONTINUES TO BATTER RADIO AS R&R SUDDENLY CLOSES ITS DOORS

Nielsen has shut down Radio and Records, perhaps a sign of the continued economic stress the radio industry is feeling. Publisher Howard Appelbaum informed the R&R staff yesterday of the closure. While efforts were made to sell or save the publication, “nothing worked out,” according to Tom Taylor. Parts of R&R, like the music charts, will move to Billboard. All 40 employees have been let go, however.

“R&R will be missed, and so will those good people. The news puts a greater responsibility on those publications that survive,” writes Taylor. “When a long standing report like R&R dies a piece of the radio medium dies with each of us,” observes RBR (here). “R&R closing is a wake up call on the future of radio.”

WEBSTER: BUILD A COMMUNITY, NOT AN AUDIENCE, USING SOCIAL NETWORKS

Tom Webster over at Infinite Dial has an interesting idea to help transform a radio station’s audience into a community. He suggests using social networking sites to include listeners on weekly music meetings. Read Webster’s full thoughts at The Infinite Dial here.



share:  del.icio.us.  post this at del.icio.us  Reddit  post this at Reddit  Digg  post this at Digg  Yahoo   post this at Yahoo! my web  Wink   post this at Wink  Windows   post this at Windows Live  Google  post this at Google Bookmarks  Newsvine  post this at Newsvine

Comment

Commenting is closed for this article.


Blogroll
AccuRadio is powered by...
Conference schedules
Sep. 12 SF Music Tech Summit: San Francisco, CA
Sep. 13 RAIN Summit Chicago @ NAB/RAB RadioShow: Chicago, IL
Sep. 14-16 NAB/RAB RadioShow: Chicago, IL
Sep. 24 IBS Radio/Webcast Conf.: Chicago, IL
Oct. 6-7 Digital Music Forum West: Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 13-14 Digital Content Summit/Music: New York, NY
Oct. 18-22 CMJ Music Marathon: New York, NY
Oct. 27-30 CBI Fall Convention: Orlando, FL
Nov. 5 IBS Radio/Webcast Conf.: Boston, MA
Nov. 19 IBS Radio/Webcast Conf.: New York, NY
Dec. 3 IBS Radio/Webcast Conf.: Los Angeles, CA