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Big plans for Community Radio to expand to digital platforms: CBAA Conference

Thursday 29 October, 2020

The community radio sector is going digital big time next year with the planned launch of an app that will carry all community stations and a new interface to allow community stations to be heard on smart speakers and other digital audio devices.

The CBAA’s Andrew Morris foreshadowed the innovation today at a CBAA conference session titled To Infinity and Beyond - Community Radio's Transition to Multiplatform Content Delivery.

StreamGuys and GatesAir enable cloud services with Intraplex Networking solutions

Thursday 11 June, 2020

GatesAir has partnered with StreamGuys to automate server-side applications in the cloud for broadcasters moving live AM/FM audio over IP networks.
 
The technical innovation translates GPIO contact closures into in-stream metadata, enabling server-side ad breaks, program recordings and other functionality without physical intervention.
 

TuneIn and Apple collaborate to introduce Siri voice control on Apple devices

Thursday 26 September, 2019

TuneIn has teamed up with Apple to offer listeners access to TuneIn’s more than 100,000 global radio stations on all Siri-enabled devices and to 50 million Apple Music subscribers.

This collaboration comes follows Apple’s release of iOS13, which introduces a new radio experience to the world's 1.4 billion Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, CarPlay and HomePod.

ABC announces 19 live streaming regional stations

Tuesday 24 October, 2017

The stations will be streamed live via mobile and online by March 2018.

Through an additional $1 million investment in local communities, from mid-March 2018, the following 19 communities will be able to tune in live to a local ABC station:

Mobile media use up for Aussies

Monday 07 March, 2016

Australian use of media on mobiles is increasing, according to a Deloitte study released at the end of last year.

Watching short videos on smartphones is the most cited ‘entertainment’ use for mobile consumers and has increased 260% year on year.

More than half of the respondents have watched video that plays automatically on their social network.

Consumers are beginning to stream video (both TV programs and films) through their smartphone with 4G users more likely to watch video (47%) compared to 3G users (29%).

Tipping point for streaming music industry

Monday 24 August, 2015

Renting music is becoming more popular.
 
As music streaming services move into the mainstream, they are changing consumer habits and disrupting the traditional music industry business models. This trend has been evident for a while, but new figures show that the industry is reaching a tipping point.
 
Steve Ahern analyses the latest SNL Kagan report Economics of Mobile Music and looks at the implications for the radio industry.

Nielsen certifies streaming app numbers in the US

Tuesday 24 March, 2015

One of the things that broadcasters are struggling with around the world is counting digital consumption in a way that is consistent with radio ratings.

The new GfK surveys in Australia measure online and app radio listening via diary research, using the same methodology as radio ratings, but this does not use the native analytics, nor does it integrate other consumption figures such as website hits, these are measured by other providers.

Twitter improves its audio capabilities

Saturday 18 October, 2014

Twitter has improved the way its handles audio inside its own app.

Radio stations and musicians already share lots of audio on twitter via links, but now that audio can be played from wintin the twitter app.

With a single tap, the Twitter Audio Card lets you discover and listen to audio directly in your timeline on both iOS and Android devices.

Pandora hits 2 million listeners in Australia and NZ in under 2 yrs

Friday 18 July, 2014

Since launching in December 2012, Pandora Australia and New Zealand has has now achieved two million registered listeners, effectively doubling its listener base in less than 12 months.

“It’s clear that radio is evolving - and this evolution is being propelled by consumers and technology,” says Pandora Managing Director Jane Huxley.

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