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RAIN 7/21: Auto Magazine predicts "Wild West" of in-car radio

Posted on: 07/21/2010

WEBCASTERS, AM/FM, SATELLITE WILL SOONDUKE IT OUTFOR DASHBOARD SUPREMACY, SAYS MAGAZINE

Ford’s move to include Pandora in their new in-dash Sync system is only the “opening of the floodgates for new companies and services looking to enter the already-crowded marketplace that is your car stereo,” writes Automobile Magazine.

Predicting that the next few years with be like “the Wild West” for radio companies in the car, the magazine notes that automakers may let “the contenders duke it out for themselves” rather than choosing sides — like they did for Sirius and XM. That’s because “there’s almost no new investment required” to integrate Internet radio.

“Millions of drivers already pay for powerful mobile devices and data plans, and most new cars, even those as inexpensive as the Kia Forte, are set up to connect with them via Bluetooth and USB inputs.” Once car makers include such a way to connect a smartphone to the dashboard, any Internet radio app becomes a contender in the “Wild West” of in-car radio. You can read the full Automobile Magazine article here.

JUST ONE MONTH REMAINS TO ENTER THE RAIN INTERNET RADIO AWARDS

The deadline for entry in the RAIN Internet Radio Awards 2010 is 11:59pm CT August 20th, just 30 days from today.

Last month we announced (RAIN coverage here) the inaugural awards to recognize the achievements of Internet radio’s most ambitious and innovative services. One broadcaster or webcaster will be recognized in three different categories: Best Overall Online Radio Service, Best Streaming Broadcast Station, and Best Overall Digital Strategy. Read the full explanation, and enter your service in the competition, at the RAIN Internet Radio Awards page. We’ll award the winners at the RAIN Summit East event in Washington, D.C. on September 28 (more on the event here).

RAIN Summits, LLC president Jennifer Lane wrote, “Industry awards are important. Recognizing excellence is a great way to bring an industry together, spur competition and get people talking… Nothing could be better for the industry.” Read more in her Audio4Cast blog here.

The RAIN Internet Radio Awards are sponsored by Triton Media, AccuRadio and Audio4Cast. (Note that AccuRadio and its related brands will not be eligible to compete.) The awards will be presented in September during RAIN Summit East in Washington D.C., at the RAB/NAB Radio Show. Again, all the details, and a link to enter, are here.

SLACKER INKS DEAL WITH ABC TO ADD NEWS CONTENT TO STREAMS

Personalizable radio service Slacker has added content from ABC News Radio. The programming — from “Good Morning America” to George Stephanopoulos — can be customized by users just like Slacker’s music offerings. Slacker’s free users can get up to 14 days of ABC News content, while the paid Slacker Radio Plus subscribers get unlimited access. ABC News has more coverage here.

FLYCAST LAUNCHES MULTITASKING iPHONE UPDATE

FlyCast has updated its iPhone application to support iOS4 multitasking. The free app accesses over 2000 streaming radio channels and includes other features, like the ability to tweet about currently playing music and smart caching techniques to save battery life.

The app even offers a “rewind” feature and streaming video. It can be found in the iTunes App Store here.



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