Enjoy great online radio at AccuRadio




RAIN 8/11: Cube Net radio player exchanges dials with tilts

Posted on: 08/11/2009

DIAL-FREE CUBE LOOKS TO MAKE NET RADIO AN EASY LISTENING EXPERIENCE

Developers at Cambridge Consultants and Armour Group PLC unveiled their new Internet radio receiver today, which takes quite a departure in design from other tabletop Wi-Fi radios (except perhaps Cambridge Consultants’ last design, RAIN coverage here). Rather than featuring knobs or screens or other interfaces, the Q2 Cube is just that: a cube. Four of its faces can be programmed with Net radio station presets (wirelessly via computer), while another face hosts the device’s speaker. To tune in to a particular station, the user turns the cube onto the station’s respective side. The volume can be adjusted by tilting the cube forward or backward.

“We realized that digital radios are difficult to use and you have to be quite techno-savvy to use them. We thought wouldn’t it be great to have a radio that anyone from a child to your granny could use,” said Rachel Harker, Business Development Manager for Cambridge Consultants. “The Q2 Cube is designed for everyone, not just ‘gadgety’ people. It’s really quite simple.” The Q2 Cube should be available for purchase in time for the holiday season. For more, read through the Telegraph‘s coverage here.

What do you think: a hit, or a miss? Share your opinion in our comment section by clicking the issue link and scrolling to the bottom of the page!

SPACIAL AUDIO, ANDO MEDIA MERGE

Ad-insertion company Ando Media and Spacial Audio, a developer of ad insertion applications and software, have announced that they will merge. “We’ve been marching down a remarkably similar path,” said Louis Louw, Spacial Audio CTO and co-founder. “But our customers are different. That’s why this works so well. The merger is very additive.” The details of the merger were not announced, and the companies will continue to operate independently while developing a plan for integration. For more, find Ando Media’s press release here.

WEBSTER: SPEND TIME ON FACEBOOK WISELY, NOT JUST FOR SELF-PROMOTION

Edison Research’s Tom Webster takes up Country consultant Bob Barnett’s question — “Why is it that most people’s Facebook pages are more interesting and compelling than their station websites?” — in a blog post on The Infinite Dial (here). “The answer to Bob’s question is simple in one sense — people connect with people, not with brands (or stations).” In light of this, Webster (pictured right) reasons, there’s only so many times personalities can point people to the station website before the message gets “tedious.” Instead, he suggests on-air talent use “their powers of social persuasion to fill up your local auto dealer’s showroom, or your local club’s Ladies’ Night…serve as a bridge — a connector between consumer and advertiser — and let the quality of our relationships with listeners become the fulcrum for genuine competitive advantage.”

RADIOTIME SECURES $900k IN FUNDING

Online radio guide RadioTime has received $900,000 in venture capital funding from Startup Capital Ventures and ICCP Venture Partners. RadioTime CEO Bill Moore told PaidContent (here), that the company is profitable and has over 20 million listening sessions.



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