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RAIN 1/26: News format most popular online last year, says RadioTime

Posted on: 01/26/2010

TOP 40, A/C and SPORTS FOLLOW IN “TOP 19 OF 2009”

In its analysis of the most listened-to formats for 2009 via its online tuning service, RadioTime says News was tops. RadioTime (which offers its tuning guide both via a consumer interface and to devices and players from Sonos, Logitech Squeezebox, Windows Media, and more) released its “Top 19 Formats” list today.

While the popularity of the News, A/C, Sports Talk, and CHR formats mirrors the broadcast radio world, it’s worth noting the presence of some formats (Electronica/Dance, Bollywood, French) which are rare on AM/FM.

Here’s the RadioTime Top 19 Formats of 2009 list:
1. News 2. Top 40/Pop 3. Adult Contemporary 4. Sports/Sports Talk 5. Hip Hop 6. Talk 7. Electronic/Dance 8. Classical 9. Spanish 10. Classic Rock 11. Modern Rock 12. Euro Hits 13. Soul 14. Bollywood 15. Public 16. Christmas 17. Jazz 18. French 19. Conservative

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Internet radio expert James Cridland blogs today about TokyoFM’s new iPhone app, which uses the phone’s built-in GPS to selectively allow streaming in limited locations.

Because the station is part of the Japan FM Network Association, TokyoFM has not been able to stream its programming online until now, as its association agreement prevents it from “cannibalizing” audience from markets outside of its home. But the iPhone’s GPS allows TokyoFM to determine whether a listener is within the Tokyo local market, and thus, whether a stream can be delivered. TokyoFM is the first radio station in Japan to launch its own iPhone app. Read James’s blog here.


Owners of Verizon’s FiOS DVRs can now use the FiOS Verizon Windows Media Manager to tune in to Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio channels. A beta program goes live today.

(Verizon FiOS is a fiber-optic communications bundle (Internet, telephone, and TV service) available in some areas of the U.S. IHeartRadio is Clear Channel’s online aggregation of nearly 400 broadcast simulcasts and Internet-only content.)

To listen in, you apparently need a home computer “as an intermediary for transcoding purposes,” notes the ZatzNotFunny blog, but “power users ultimately have more flexibility with this solution and will be able to manually enter any URL to stream MP3, WAV, WMA audio feeds or ASX, WAX, WVX, PLS, M3U playlists.” Read more here.

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