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RAIN 1/27: Apple iPad to run iPhone apps; CBS names Kucharz to head digital efforts for radio and TV

Posted on: 01/27/2010

UPDATE: NEW APPLE iPAD WILL RUN iPHONE APPS “AS IS”

According to Apple chairman Steve Jobs, the newly-unveiled tablet device, the “iPad,” is capable of running virtually every currently-operating iPhone app. This means if you have an iPhone app available for your webcast, it’ll work on the iPad when they land in consumers’ hands (the iPad will have Wi-fi, and some models will also have 3G connectivity). However, the iPad will not support Flash. Stay tuned for more…

KUCHARZ FORMER iVILLAGE COO AND TOTAL SPORTS FOUNDER

CBS has chosen Ezra Kucharz for the post of President, Local Digital Media. He’ll be in charge of the company’s local online media strategy for CBS’s 29 television stations and CBS Radio’s 36 news, sports and talk stations.

Most recently, Kucharz was President/GM of personal finance “question and answer” platform FiLife.com. He’s also held a number of senior level positions at NBC Universal, including COO for iVillage. He was one of NBC Universal’s first digital media employees, and he founded one of the first online digital sports media companies, Total Sports.

TIME OUT CHICAGO NAMES ACCUJAZZ, CHIRP AMONG BEST NEW WINDY CITY MUSIC SITES

Time Out Chicago, in rounding up some of the best new music sites in the city, highlighted AccuRadio’s AccuJazz and CHIRP (The Chicago Independent Radio Project). Both are Internet radio stations (the latter would prefer to be a LPFM, but launched a webcast a few weeks ago). AccuJazz is a “boon to improv enthusiasts,” writes Time Out. CHIRP, meanwhile, is “the indie radio station [Chicago] deserves, even if it’s not yet on the radio.” Find the full article here.

JOBS MAY INCLUDE STREAMING SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT IN TODAY’S “iPAD” TALK

Today’s the day Steve Jobs unveils the wildly-anticipated Apple iPad device, and many are looking to it with hope that it will finally provide a revenue model for industries reeling in the disruptive wake of the Internet.

And there aren’t many details available, but several sources are indicating that some sort of music streaming service — perhaps including “cloud storage” — might be in the offing.

Apple has had talks with various players from content and media industries like print, television, education, video games, book publishers (see RAIN coverage here).

What might the new device mean for music and radio? San Jose Mercury News columnist Chris O’Brien writes, “Throw in indications that Apple is also going to launch a music-streaming service after its recent acquisition of Lala, and we begin to see that Apple’s ambitions extend well beyond the launch of just some gadget. While much of the guessing around the device has focused on its features and specifications, the potential creation of a new marketplace for selling and consuming content strikes me as potentially far more important.”

Read the Mercury News here.

APPLE’S TABLE WON’T HELP RADIO, SAYS DEL COLLIANO

If Jerry Del Colliano is correct, terrestrial radio’s cost-cutting has likely shut the medium out of any benefit it might have garnered from the device. “Critical mistakes were made to dilute local radio — news, talk, music – and do repeater radio… the elements radio listeners would like to have accessed on this thing are gone,” he writes in his Inside Music Media blog.

He says the truly talented in the radio business will work in a new medium: mobile Internet. “Traditional morning talent using new formatics, social networking, the connectivity of the mobile platform and new means of monetization will work and succeed if new entrepreneurs want to come along and get into that space.”

Read Inside Music Media here.



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