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Author Topic: Re: Interesting News on Itunes  (Read 5315 times)

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Re: Interesting News on Itunes
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2013, 10:40:09 PM »
This has definitely been brewing for a while. iTunes has progressively been getting more strict on stations they accept as well. Tightening their belt so to speak, for now. I know I speak for all independent Internet radio station operators out there when I say that I hope they don't leave us in the dust!
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Re: Interesting News on Itunes
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2013, 03:34:35 PM »
Interesting news I found today about Google entering the music market:

http://news.yahoo.com/google-looks-cut-apple-off-pass-streaming-music-215025070.html
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Re: Interesting News on Itunes
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2013, 05:48:27 AM »
What would make this great news is if iTunes and Google found a way to monetize stations like yours and mine rather than reinventing the programming wheel.
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Re: Interesting News on Itunes
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2013, 01:16:44 PM »
I totally agree with you Marvin, this will no doubt have a direct and dare I say a significant impact on stations like ours. I see nothing about Google adding a venue for smaller independent stations on their station directory =-( And I have no doubt that it will not be very long before Apple rolls out it's service. I do still wonder if iTunes will be available to us, as far as listing on there, when they launch. I have a bad feeling about this. Every time I have inquired about this, I do not get a reply. I am going on the basis that Spotify and Google have their own exclusive internet stations now. Will Apple go the same way? I hope not, but it causes one to wonder, especially since there has been no chatter or emails from iTunes about this issue to any of it's current stations.

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Re: Interesting News on Itunes
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2013, 09:00:42 AM »
At this point iTunes is still accepting new stations, the approval time after submission has lengthened a bit, but the email I received from iTunes stated the new station approval lead time should soon drop back to previous norms.
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Re: Interesting News on Itunes
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2013, 09:43:25 AM »
I've talked to RadioLoyalty about trying to partner up with app makers so that folks who don't like or can't use the Flash Player (older macs and some Linux systems) could still listen and yet allows independent stations like mine to operate and get benefit.  It would be sad if iTunes no longer offered third party stations because many folks would look to the Shoutcast directory in Winamp (if their OS supports it) and this directory has thousands of third party stations.  Hopefully Shoutcast.com will start getting more diligent about developing apps for other systems not just M$ OS's. 

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Re: Interesting News on Itunes
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2013, 07:39:05 PM »
Finally we know what iTunes new radio service is called. Simply put, iRadio, which will be rolling out Monday. However, it looks to be, or will be available only for Mac and not PC initially. Although according to the fact that this service will be free, apple will have to sell ads. One interesting thing, the app has already been put up, and it cost $2.99. I have talked with someone who sent me the link to the app and he said Apple is going very B-I-G with this.And is looking to take the pie, from Pandora, Spotify etc...

    One thing to note, is that if you have not done an update, you may want to send one in with the new Excel format and you must submit a logo to iTunes. iRadio has the ability like ,Tune-In , to use your current location, currently only on iPhone, to find local stations. Or if you like you can search by country, state etc..

There is kinda of a downside, and this is troubling to me at least.They have a "Most Popular" station feature. If this is not like Windows Media, and they choose to list only stations with +2,000 listeners, that would be a drag =-( Also they will have a "ton" of stations directly from them.I wonder how huge the impact is going to be, given that I have read they are offering more genres, meaning their stations, than Spotify or Pandora. Every format imaginable, and then some. At any rate here is the app link, which list some of the features etc..

http://www.iradio-app.com/

http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/07/ios-7-os-x-10-9-macbooks-and-iradio-what-to-expect-at-wwdc-2013/

http://appadvice.com/appnn/2013/06/apples-iradio-service-set-to-debut-monday

At least we are still in the game, being listed I mean, but there is gonna be a ton of their stations.

Thomas
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