So, what have we learned this week? Well, here’s some reminders from looking at my tweet stream.
CRC in Canada continues to make great open source tools for the radio community. Their latest is the source that allows better control of radio in certain Android phones. This means that radio groups (and others) can build apps that connect to FM radio, where available – meaning bandwidth savings for listeners as they don’t need to listen to radio over the mobile network.
Later in the week, at the EBU’s digital radio conference, Global Radio’s Nick Piggott carried on the theme and talked about the need (PDF) for the radio industry to better engage with mobile phone device manufacturers to ensure there are simple, open APIs to connect to the radio functionality to allow us to create a better experience for listeners. A campaign worth support.
RAIN’s published a good round-up of the details of Pandora’s IPO which has released some interesting numbers about the service, including the fact they have a userbase of 80m, 30m of which use it weekly. James has recently posted about whether Pandora should be regarded as radio or not and perhaps that we should reclaim the word ‘radio’ from these music services.
Back at the EBU Digital Radio Conference, I spoke about the development of commercial digital stations in UK radio. Digital is at different points across Europe and tends to be led by the public service broadcasters. You can watch the presentation, basically me slightly bumbling and then gradually warming up here. It was a good conference to be at, especially seeing what’s happening in Switzerland and Germany. All the presentations are online in presentation and video form here.
Good to see the BBC linking out to commercial broadcasters‘ on-demand offering on the iPlayer (see a search for Dancing on Ice). I’ve inquired in the past about doing the same thing for radio and was told that this would be covered in the new RadioPlayer, which indeed the new universal search will cope with. It is, however, a subtly different proposition and will no doubt ensure that the BBC won’t need to link out to commercial services near their own online radio output. It prompted me to write a bit about the work we’re doing with data.
A new national station’s coming to Digital One, it seems, with a test label of Karma, but what could it mean? Also, good to see a launch date of August this year for Germany’s new national commercial multiplex.