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Headline: "MSpot launches Internet radio music channels for cell phones"
From Mediaweek.com: "Mobile entertainment company MSpot is launching its second Internet radio service designed specifically for mobile phones.

"MSpot Music Radio will stream 17 commercial-free channels of original audio content. The service, which is compatible with all Java-enabled phones (over 120 million in the U.S., according to MSpot), is currently available to Sprint PCS subscribers...

"Back in April, MSpot launched a similar mobile radio product... MSpot Radio, was composed of syndicated content from media outlets such as NPR, the Associated Press and The Sporting News rather than original programming.

"While neither service is currently ad-supported, several commerce partnerships have been integrated within MSpot Music Radio, as users will be able to purchase songs, CDs and ringtones as they listen to various songs.

"In addition to various genre stations... MSpot Music Radio will also feature programming created exclusively for the service."

Read this entire article from Mediaweek online here.

 
 

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Headline: "All-in-one device manages Internet radio station, podcasts"
From CNet News' Gadget Blog: "Thinking about podcasting but are nervous about investing in thousands of dollars of hardware?

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Russell Johnson, a 30 year veteran of commercial, public and Internet broadcasting and international media projects has come up with his all-in-one box dubbed the WorldVibrations Radio Station & Podcaster -- also known as the WVRS-P...

"The box includes all the hardware and software that a person would need to start up an Internet-based radio station as well as an automated podcast studio, including streaming media encoding and production tools in a studio-quiet server box. Co-designed by chipset manufacturer Via Technologies, the WVRS produces and uploads podcast MP3 files and XML files with podcasts embedded.

"The Web site says, 'the device is simple to operate, making it easy... to schedule and broadcast... a professional 24 hour a day music or information radio station while producing on-demand podcasts.'

"Johnson's box does come with a couple of disclaimers. One is a reminder that you need to own or have licensed rights to your music or programming. The other is that you need to have access to a streaming server."

Read this entire CNet account online here.


Headline: "New XM device 'smallest thinnest satellite radio ever'"
From FMQB: "XM Satellite Radio has unveiled two new products. The first is the RoadyXT radio made by Delphi, which is the smallest, thinnest satellite radio ever. It measures 3.7 inches wide by 2.2 inches high. The company has also unveiled the new Xpress radio, a new XM plug-and-play receiver from Audiovox...

"In addition to displaying the channel name, artist and song title on each XM channel, the RoadyXT has a customizable sports ticker that displays the latest scores and schedules for professional and college sports. It also has a customizable stock ticker and the popular TuneSelect feature, which alerts the listener when favorite songs and artists are played on any XM channel... Meanwhile, Audiovox's Xpress... allows the user to search XM's 150-plus channels with just one knob... It too has the sports and stock ticker, and the TuneSelect feature."

Read FMQB's account online here.


Headline: "Reviewer says Palm LifeDrive ideal for Wi-Fi Internet radio"
From O'Reilly Wireless DevCenter.com: "A full featured PDA can serve as a laptop substitute for those times you don't want, or are not allowed, to have your regular computer with you. I bought a Palm LifeDrive for this very reason...

"I can tell you right now that I think its 4GB hard drive, WiFi and Bluetooth networking, robust battery, and USB 2.0 connectivity are strong points for this device.

"The built-in WiFi is quite good. I have easily connected to 802.11 networks at home, my studio, the O'Reilly campus, Starbucks, and friends' homes. Because the LifeDrive has a good battery, I'm not hesitant to activate WiFi whenever I might want it. And that includes listening to Internet radio...

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You can listen through the LifeDrive's built-in speaker, headphones, or external speakers plugged into the headphone jack. If you upgrade to the Deluxe version of PocketTunes, which I did for $25 (LifeDrive users get a $10 discount off the regular $35 price), you can also get Internet radio stations via the LifeDrive's buit-in WiFi. I really like this feature...

"The beauty of Internet radio is that is doesn't require any disk space, and the listening options are bountiful. Right now I'm listening to a classic rock station on Live365. The audio is excellent. I never have any drop outs. And even using the non-subscriber version, there are fewer commercials than I'd have to endure on regular radio... plus I always have the option to subscribe and eliminate them all together."

Read this entire blog entry online here.

 
 
Headline: "Streaming may be an option for Sirius to defray Stern expense"
Sirius Satellite Radio
is reportedly considering various ways to make back some of the $500 million they've dropped on Howard Stern. One option, reports Reuters India, may be streaming the show on the Internet.

When asked about the possibility of streaming -- and whether that right is part of the company's agreement with Stern --
Sirius president of entertainment and sports Scott Greenstein told reporters at a Reuters media summit that his company was not yet ready to make an announcement, but is exploring every option.

"We're in the game of setting things, shaping them and announcing, then delivering," Greenstein said. "It [Getting Stern] was an expensive transaction but something we feel confident we will get the return on as we stated."

The Reuters Telecommunications, Cable and Satellite summit was held yesterday at Reuters U.S. headquarters in New York.

"It is unclear whether Internet rights were part of the Stern deal," said April Horace, analyst with Hoefer & Arnett, reports Reuters India. Moreover, how Sirius might monetize such a stream -- whether through advertising or subscriptions -- was not mentioned.

Sirius will pay Stern $100 million a year for five years. He's scheduled to make the move to the satellite broadcaster in January. Stern also recently signed a three-year deal with In Demand, to carry a TV version of his daily Sirius show.

 

 


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