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Swell Radio App Brings Pandora-Like Algorithm to News and Information

News radio just got personal. With Swell’s new radio app, you can listen to the latest news stories with unlimited skips. With each skip, the radio’s algorithms adjust the stream to be relevant for you:

Swell’s vision is to elevate the radio experience with a listener focused recommendation algorithm, delivering curated news and information that learns as you listen so it’s always giving you the most relevant content. The more you listen, the more finely tuned the recommendations become, rewarding the smart and curious with quality content that keeps them informed and entertained.

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Apple Announces Free iTunes Radio with Ad-Free Service for iTunes Match Subscribers

Apple is finally entering the internet radio service and there’s Led Zeppelin included. Why is this significant? Well, as of now, iTunes is the only streaming radio service to secure the rights to Led Zeppelin tunes and they’ve also managed to include major recording labels like Warner, Universal, and Sony. Remember when Google introduced its music streaming service and I lamented about not being able to find Vampire Weekend’s latest album? Well, the iTune Radio demo at WWDC actually featured a song from the new album! I’m smitten. Read more

Preview: Advertising Week Radio Talks Social, Walks Social


It’s one thing to sit around and talk about social media. It’s another to share those conversations socially. In addition to Advertising Week’s Twitter feed, “radio station WADV” will provide interviews and conference news via audio blog, daily podcast and continuous stream.

Social Times asked Doug Zanger, the poing man for the social audio, to tell us about what’s behind the audio initiatives and what we might expect to be hearing next week.   Read more

Radio Apps for iPhone and Android Get Social

Radio may have been one of the first social media platforms. As linear media technology, radio needs “back channels” to enable dialog, such as telephone lines for call-in shows and request lines – a work-around so ubiquitous it was nearly invisible to listeners for the better part of a century. But the rise of more easily participatory social media and the concurrent explosion of mobile devices are just a few of the reasons radio stations are scrambling to remain a part of their listeners’ lifestyles.

Moblico has launched a mobile app that leverages mobile, streaming and social media capabilities to keep listeners engaged with their brand and provide stations new sources of revenue. Read more