Spotify set for daily soap opera podcast in 2021
“I don’t know what happens to news and I don’t know what happens to sports,” mused Spotify’s then-CFO Barry McCarthy in 2018, when talking about how the music streaming service wanted to take on traditional...
December 14, 2020
Sonos goes HD with subscription-based radio service
Sonos is kicking its streaming ambitions up a notch, with the launch of a subscription-based radio service called Sonos Radio HD. Available in the US and UK, it costs $7.99 / £7.99 a month, and promises 'high-fidelity...
November 13, 2020
Spotify launches its own radio-style ‘daily morning show’
Breakfast shows are a staple of the traditional radio landscape. Now Spotify has one too. 'The Get Up' is a weekday-mornings show, launching in the US only, delivered as a playlist. That means personalised music picks...
October 23, 2020
Apple Music goes Boss-eyed with its Bruce Springsteen Week
Apple Music is pushing all the boats out for the release of Bruce Springsteen's 20th studio album 'Letter to You'. There'll be a week of radio shows on its new Apple Music Hits station, plus an album listening party and...
October 20, 2020
Radio Tools tracks music plays on radio and TV stations
The 'will streaming kill radio' debate rumbles on, but it certainly hasn't happened yet: radio airplay remains important for many artists, and tracking it globally remains a challenge. We've written about startups like...
October 7, 2020
Rewind and remix radio with Teenage Engineering’s new OB-4
Teenage Engineering’s pocket-sized synthesizers are marvellous, but now the Swedish company is applying its innovation skills to radio. Its latest device, the OB-4, is pitched as a “magic radio” – a portable...
October 1, 2020
BBC Sounds app to get round-the-clock stream of dance music
If music streaming services are getting more like radio, why can't radio stations get more like the streaming services too? And they can / are, with the latest example being an offshoot from British broadcaster the BBC's...
September 17, 2020
Radio station SWR uses AI to let users to “Shuffle” live songs
Music radio persists in an era of hyper-personalised playlists, possibly because it offers a contrasting linear, set-and-forget experience. One of Germany’s most popular radio stations, Südwestrundfunk (SWR), has...
September 2, 2020
Report analyses gender disparity on UK radio stations
A new report has been looking at gender diversity through the lens of what gets onto the radio airwaves in the UK. The report, by Linda Coogan Byrne and Women in Ctrl, analysed the 20 most-played British artists on 31 UK...
August 24, 2020
Apple Music Radio adds live country and hits stations
Spotify’s ‘audio first’ strategy involves an aggressive move into spoken-word content with podcasts (and soon audiobooks?) to compete with live radio. Apple Music has followed a different path, with the...
August 19, 2020
Apple Music adds mixes from Tomorrowland: Around the World
The recent online Tomorrowland: Around the World festival was a hit, reaching more than one million viewers. The festival has since launched its 'relive' website for ticketholders to watch the sets on demand. Now Apple...
August 6, 2020