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RAIN 05/04: Pandora, TED, NPR Webby winners

Posted on: 05/04/2010

PANDORA SCORES BOTH WEBBY AND PEOPLE’S VOICE FOR MUSIC; TED WINS RADIO/PODCAST WEBBY

Internet radio service Pandora scored both the 2010 Webby and the People’s Voice Award in the Music category, and NPR gets two People’s Voice nods in the 14th annual Webby Awards.

The Webby Award in the Radio/Podcasts category (formerly two separate awards, Radio and Podcasts were combined into a single category in 2010) was awarded to TED.com, the site dedicated to the video lecture series and annual TED conferences (“TED” stands for “technology, entertainment, design”). The People’s Voice in Radio/Podcasts went to NPR, which also was awarded a People’s Voice in the Best Practices category.

Actor, writer and comedian B.J. Novak of NBC’s “The Office” will host the Webby Awards ceremony June 14th in New York.

Members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences select the nominees for both Webby and People’s Voice awards, as well as the Webby Awards winners. The People’s Voice Award winner is selected by vote which is open to the online community. See the list of all of the 2010 Webby Award winners, People’s Voice winners, and nominees here.

TARGETSPOT/NOBEX DEAL WILL DELIVER GEO-TARGETED ADS TO MOBILE NET RADIO LISTENERS

The Nobex Radio Companion app, an Internet radio aggregation service for Blackberry Mobile devices, has partnered with Net radio ad rep service TargetSpot to allow “advertisers to geographically target listeners based on real-time location data.”

Nobex Radio Companion aggregates over 5,200 radio stations of all genres from over 80 countries around the world, and reaches 1.9 million unique listeners monthly. The Nobex app was named among the 2008 BlackBerry Cool 15, and won the BlackBerry Partners Fund’s The People’s Choice Award.

Read TargetSpot’s press release here.

ENGADGET: BEST NET RADIO APP ON SONY DASH NOT PANDORA, NOR SLACKER

The Sony Dash is an odd device. It resembles a digital photo frame but packs a touchscreen and plenty of apps (it may remind you of the Chumby because, in fact, it runs Chumby apps; RAIN coverage here).

Those apps include Internet radio selections like Pandora and Slacker but, surprisingly, in putting the Dash through the paces, Engadget found another Net radio app that performed much better than the heavy-hitters: Blue Octy Radio (Chumby’s native Net radio player; pictured at left). “We actually love this one — it’s by far the simplest app on the Dash,” Engadget writes (here). “It’s almost like… a radio! Imagine that.” By comparison, Slacker’s interface “isn’t the most beautiful thing we’ve ever seen,” and Pandora was “a bit of a pain.”

Sony released the $199 wifi device last week. It can show Twitter feeds, Facebook updates, local traffic alerts and hundreds of other widgets. The Los Angeles Times has a video walk-thru here.



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