Most of the news articles concerning Internet radio for the past two weeks have focused on the effect of the possible ratifying of the Performance Rights Act, which has been mentioned in these posts in the past, and Billy Corgan’s testimony to Congress. Here are some other recent online news articles about the future of Internet radio.
35% of Public Radio Listeners Stream Weekly
As Radio Business Report explains, “A recent survey of Public Radio listeners found that 35% listen to Internet radio weekly or more often. That number increases to 49% of listeners to Public Radio AAA formats.”
Sirius XM Tuning in to iPhone Application
CNet.com covers Sirius XM’s announcement of the development of an iPhone application. The company’s goal is to allow both existing customer to access their radio stations and “allow new customers to subscribe to our service without having to buy a radio.” As the article notes, “Sirius XM is planning to launch an iPhone application by June in a move to expand its market, the satellite service provider said Thursday during an analyst conference call.”
“Sirius XM charges $12.95 per month for its Internet radio service. It is not immediately clear whether iPhone and iPod users will incur the same service fees.”
Canada Digital Media Hearings – What’s Next
Dr. Michael Geist speculates on the results of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s New Media hearings, which concluded last week, including his assumption on the CRTC’s recommendations for Internet radio regulations. “Notwithstanding the urging of Sirius satellite radio for new measures to address competition from Internet radio, there was conflicting evidence on the scope and importance of this delivery channel. The Commission is likely to say that Internet radio is still in its infancy as a genuine competitor to regulated radio services and that it should remain unregulated in Canada.”
Web Services Go Offline
As The Straits Times reports, “A dispute over licence fees has forced most of Singapore's radio stations to stop streaming online.
“Following an amendment to the Copyright Act last November, the Recording Industry Performance Singapore (Rips) asked radio broadcasters to pay an annual licensing fee if they wanted to continue their Internet radio service.”