Se muestran los artículos pertenecientes a Mayo de 2006.
Eis um estudo que me parece muito duvidoso (muito, mesmo...). Mas mesmo assim aqui vai:
«According to a national [Inglaterra] survey from independent research agency, BMRB, latest figures suggest that over 10% of the adult population have downloaded a podcast in the last 6 months and figures will continue to grow.
fonte: «A quarter of all adult internet users will listen to a “Podcast” in the next 6 months», BMRB, 15/3/06
«“Our belief, based on both years of experience and extensive analysis of PPM data, is that the things that have always made great stations successful will continue to do so when PPM data becomes the ratings currency.”»
«“Radio stations will have a lot more success under PPM if they spend less time thinking about how to game the system and more time developing compelling programming and building strong brands.”»
fonte: «Coleman Addresses “PPM Myths” For Houston Programmers», Radio Ink, 2/5/06
«Starbucks has masterfully created a winning consumer experience, and that thinking has guided its entry into music. The company has already featured CDs from a number of developing and superstar artists, including Antigone Rising, Bob Dylan, Herbie Hancock, and The Rolling Stones. But according to Starbucks Entertainment president Ken Lombard, the end game has nothing to do with selling music. "We are not going to be a music company, and we are not going to change who we are," Lombard said during a MusEXPO keynote address on Monday in Los Angeles. "We are continuing to figure out how to create a world-class experience for our customers," Lombard noted.
Regardless of where the value play is, the company is clearly pushing an involved music agenda. Part of the opportunity, according to Lombard, lies in an alienated consumer that still craves great music. "We are connecting with customers that no longer have a music experience," Lombard said, who pointed to a "disenfranchised consumer". That means stepping outside of mainstream hits, and allowing for greater music discovery. "Ours is a focus that goes beyond the top 40, and we are digging deep to try to find good music," he said.
«Attempts by Sony to lure customers away from the iPod have so far been disappointing. By now, the story is a tired one. Sony’s lineup of Network Walkman portable MP3 players have failed to put a dent in the dominant iPod, and Sony Connect has mostly been met with lukewarm reviews and consumer indifference. But despite the setbacks, the company is keeping its head in the portable MP3 game. Last week, Sony SVP Takao Yuhura met with the press to announce the arrival the next iPod killer, as well as a new download service to replace Connect. Unfortunately, Yuhura offered no details on the upcoming player/service pairing, leaving pundits wondering whether Sony will be more competitive this time around. Meanwhile, one executive close to the situation told Digital Music News that a new lineup of players will not carry ATRAC-3 compatibility, though that information has not been corroborated by additional sources.
So what will the next generation of digital music services look like for Sony? A possible clue may come from another Sony service called LocationFree TV, which allows PlayStation Portable (PSP) owners to receive television programming and other content wirelessly and on-the-road, all from a home-based unit. Like the SlingBox from Sling Media, the concept is all about content ubiquity and portability, and Sony could expand the platform to include portable MP3 players. Meanwhile, Yuhura was vague on when the new players would appear, only indicating that they will go on sale sometime next year.»
Alguns assinantes da Sprint (EUA) podem receber, desde o início do ano, três canais de rádio (de desporto) via «streaming»:
«“WFAN, WSCR and WIP are among CBS Radio’s most listened to stations in the country and we recognize that in today’s fast paced world, our listeners need immediate access and alternate ways to hear live broadcasts and news about their favorite sports teams,” commented Joel Hollander, chairman and CEO, CBS Radio. “CBS Radio seeks to partner with companies that will enhance the listener experience and we’re thrilled our stations will be offered through mSpot Sports service.”» (http://www.radioink.com/headlineentry.asp?hid=133387&pt=inkheadlines).
«“It’s basically what you have in your car radio, with a 30-second delay,” said Daren Tsui, MSpot CEO» (http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/interactive/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001807316)
Falar em meios multimédia é esperar que a rádio aproveite para se lançar para voos mais ambiciosos - o El País acaba de lançar o 24 Horas? E por que é que uma rádio, muito mais se for informativa, não pode ter uma edição em papel, no mesmo esquema (aproveitando as notícias da sua página, os seus artigos de opinião, as suas entrevistas)? Falar em meio multimédia é o mesmo que dizer que cada um dos meios clássicos, per si, pode não ter futuro.
Dizia-se que a rádio na internet acabava com uma das limitações maiores da rádio hertizana: o fim das fronteiras impsoats pela capacidade de cada emissor.
Uma nova disposição legal na Grã-Bretanha obriga as rádios que emitem música e transmitem pela net a pagar uma licença extra. Resultado: muitas rádios acabaram com o streaming para não residentes.
Este artigo do Guardian fala detalhadamente sobre isso (e sobre os direitos de autor, mais o problema da concorrência com as rádios dos EUA, que não têm esse problema e ganham mais mercado mundial, pela desistência das britânicas): «Will licensing kill the radio star? New rules on royalties are stifling British internet radio stations while allowing foreign rivals to broadcast into the UK unhindered», Guardian Unlimited, Wendy M. Grossman, May 4, 2006.
(dica: Chão de Papel)
Muito interessante, sem dúvida:
«São dois programas de entrevista - Pessoal e Transmissível e Contas de Cabeça - que ganham as preferências dos cibernautas que nos últimos quatro meses descarregaram podcasts da TSF»
fonte: «Entrevistas lideram 'top' de 'podcasts' da TSF», DN, 8/5/06, Marina Almeida
A BMW propõe vários audio-books para ouvir em mp3, no computador ou - dizem - idealmente no carro!
«Put on your seatbelt and prepare for highs, lows and plenty of twists and turns. BMW, in conjunction with Random House, brings you BMW Audio Books, a unique series of specially- commissioned short stories showcasing the work of some of the finest contemporary writing talent. Each gripping audio book is yours to download for free. Listen to them on your MP3 player, your laptop or ideally, in the car. So sit back, hit play and enjoy the ride»
Como lembra o Edgard, a BMW está a fazer aquilo que a Mercedes já iniciara (ou é o contrário): «Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is testing their first iPod-compatible Audio Books at the New York Auto Show, open to the public March 25 - April 2, 2005 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Designed to brief potential Mercedes buyers about new car features, Audio Books provide in-depth digital "walk-around" narrations through the familiar, easy-to-use iPod unit. Interested consumers at the show can download Mercedes-Benz Audio Books to their own iPod for .95 each, or they can experience the walk-around narrations without charge on loaner iPods. Downloads of the Mercedes-Benz Audio Books will also be available for purchase at http://www.apple.com/itunes/»; http://www.mbusa.com/features/iPod/index.do
«The biggest S60 news of the week has been announcement of 3 new S60 NSeries multimedia computers by Nokia. In the Open Studio event Nokia demonstrated interesting beta version of forthcoming application. It’s a Nokia Podcasting Application! Manual, automatic and scheduled update of Podcasts is possible over 3G or WLAN. If you use it over cellular, flat rate data packet is absolutely necessary. The application itself is independent of a particular service or service provider. You can preview audio and video Podcasts while they are downloading. Search engine provides URLs as OPML files for summary and easy subscription. Also sending and receiving of Podcasts & links is possible over Bluetooth or MMS.»
«From Digital Music News: "Mercora will soon power a new online radio offering from NME.com, part of a deal announced Tuesday. NME.com, a Time Warner Inc. company, will deliver a beta version of its MyNME Radio service at the end of this quarter. The UK-based offering will tap into a Mercora architecture that resembles a streaming P2P file-sharing service. Mercora allows users to stream the personal collections of various members, and listeners can search for user-generated stations that contain specific content.
Por inicaitiva da Broadcast Electronics:
fonte: «BE Works on HD Radio Around the World», 1/5/06, http://beradio.com/currents/radio_currents_050106/index.html#be
Sim, mas a partir do Canadá...
É um tema estruturante e de grande importãncia no futuro:
«During a five-day meeting in Geneva of the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, an unlikely coalition of delegates from developing nations and technology organizations such as Intel and the U.S. Telecom Association voiced strong objections to treaty provisions covering webcasting and "simulcasting" over broadcast or cable networks and computer networks»
fonte: «Webcasting Gets a Reprieve», Technology Review, Wade Roush, 8/5/06
Continua a ser um dos mais temas mais interessantes - o que é que aconteceu aos ouvintes hertzianos de Howard Stern?
Mais um estudo:
«"Our latest estimate is that a total of 1.1 million (8.4 percent) of Stern's terrestrial fan base has migrated to Sirius," the research group noted. "As Bridge Ratings continues to interview former Stern listeners, there is an apparent apathy regarding future Sirius subscriptions." The company surveyed a total of 3,200 terrestrial Stern listeners, and found that many were simply not motivated enough to make the switch from the free, terrestrial dial»
fonte: «New Report Projects Stalling Howard Stern Conversions», Digital Music News, 12/05/06
«XM Satellite Radio is rapidly expanding its dashboard footprint, thanks to a steady tide of new, satellite-ready automobiles. On Wednesday, American Honda Motor Co. announced the sale of its one-millionth, XM-enabled vehicle, part of a growing partnership between the two companies (...)
Looking ahead, American Honda expects sales of 550,000 XM-enabled vehicles by the end of this year. The company offers factory-installed XM receivers on a wide range of models, including the Honda Pilot, Accord, Accord Hybrid, Odyssey, and Element, and the Acura RL, TL, TSX and MDX. Meanwhile, XM carries a heavyweight roster of automotive partners, which includes General Motors, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, Suzuki, Subaru, Volkswagen, and Audi. Overall, buyers of 130 different models will have access to an XM receiver, generating a larger pool of lifetime subscribers.»
fonte: «Honda Delivers One-Millionth XM Factory Installation», Digital Music News, http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/#051106
Um excelente artigo da Billboard Radio Monitor sobre o que é a rádio hoje («decifrar o significado da rádio») e começa assim:
«Era tão fácil. Rádio: AM ou FM. But today, with high definition, podcasting, online streaming, hand-held devices and the word "digital" attached to so many platforms, defining the radio medium has become an arduous task. And with a technological roller coaster constantly reinventing the way consumers hear music, news and entertainment, determining where radio is going is an even tougher call»
«No matter how shiny and hip the new audio platforms, broadcasters must hold content above all else, our pundits stressed»
«"The best appliance ever created for dispensing music to date is the iPod, but the best appliance for delivering companionship and fun remains the radio»
«"we need to start thinking of radio as audio entertainment. We're at a crossroads where the delivery system is going to change, whether that means a cell phone, some other wireless device or something that hasn't even been invented yet. The future of radio is going to be more about the product than how it is delivered»
«we have to give the listener opportunities to feel that they have some control over what we do. Listeners need to know they make a difference."»
fonte: «Where Is It Going?» Billboard Radio Monitor April 28, 2006 By Paul Heine and Chuck Taylor
Mais uma marca automóvel a promover-se com uma associação de um leitor de mp3, neste caso o Modus Creative.
(só não percebi se o leitor de mp3 liga directamente ao carro ou se são duas coisas diferentes e independentes)
«Rádios temáticas e ‘downloads’ para iPod abrem novos caminhos
No Jornal de Negócios: «Media Capital lança rádio para acompanhar Mundial. A mediacapital rádios lança segunda-feira a Rádio Portugal, uma emissora que pretende acompanhar, minuto a minuto, as selecções portuguesas de futeol no Europeu sub-21 e no Mundial 2006. A rádio vai utilizar os suportes internet, podcast e «mobile» e terá emissões em onda média e no serviço de rádio digital da Tv Cabo»
Parece que não...
«"We've heard a lot of discussion about how stations should do things differently to succeed in 'a PPM world,'" said Coleman. "Our belief, based on both years of experience and extensive analysis of PPM data, is that the things that have always made great stations successful will continue to do so when PPM data becomes the ratings currency."
Dunkin added, "If radio programmers can view their stations from the outside like listeners do - and understand that listeners do not care, are not paying attention, have extremely simplistic perceptions and attitudes about radio and listen for instantaneous need fulfillment - and program and brand their stations accordingly, their chances of achieving ratings success under the PPM system will be bolstered significantly."
Este texto faz um ponto da situação: «Durante quanto tempo a janela de oportunidade se manterá aberta para a rádio IBOC/HD?»
«Silicon Valley has the highest percentage of high-tech gadgetheads in the United States, and they have oodles of disposable income. But there seems to be absolutely no consumer interest in IBOC/HD radio among those gadgetheads.
Even Radio World, long a reliable booster of IBOC/HD, is starting to panic a little bit. There is a forced attempt to be hip by describing IBOC/HD radio as "the bling of terrestrial radio," but the article once again treats IBOC/HD as a technical issue instead of grasping it is compelling content----or lack of it----that will determine the fate of IBOC/HD.
People are also starting to recognize the interference problems caused by IBOC/HD might be greater than previously supposed; the Corporation for Public broadcasting is seeking participants for a study of IBOC/HD interference (thanks to Glenn Hauser and his World of Radio site for this info).»
fonte: «How Much Longer Will The Window Of Opportunity Be Open For IBOC/HD Radio?», 8/5/06, Harry Helms
A canadiana CBC está a produzir uma série de programas sobre o fim dos meios tradicionais.
«O fim da rádio» está aqui (o programa pode ser visto on line - já não digo o mesmo quanto a ouvir...)
Tópicos para o guião do programa:
Internet radio (Podcasts, satellite radio, mashups and downloads, mp3, p2p, wma, burning, ripping, streaming. So many busy new music activities and listening methods, and none of it coming from the good old fashioned radio. What's a poor broadcaster to do? If radio is dying, what do we need to know about what's replacing it? "Soma FM started because I couldn't find a station that played music that I liked," claims Rusty Hodge, the program director of internet radio station Soma FM. One of the most popular of the thousands of internet stations broadcasting online, Soma FM offers listeners a choice of seven unique radio stations)
Podcasting (Other musicians are finding ways to reach out to their fans directly. Michael Butler started sending out his band's music to fans across the world in a podcast. (see glossary) It evolved into The Rock and Roll Geek Show, a weekly podcast all about the latest rock/metal music from independent artists)
Satellite radio (Canada's newest satellite radio project, XM Satellite Radio is hoping to find listeners who will actually pay for their service. Satellite radio offers one hundred channels of digital quality music, sports, entertainment, news and information that's completely mobile. You can listen to it in your home, your car or at the park)
Digital radio (CHUM FM thinks the future is in digital radio. "DAB Radio is the next level of radio. It delivers CD quality sound and it also gives radio the opportunity to stream information back and forth," says Farina. And he points out that CHUM FM is still the most listened to fm radio station in Canada)
Music to the masses (Ralph Simon, Chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum says people's listening habits have changed. "People don't want to be tethered in front of a computer to get their music download. They want immediacy. They want it now. They want to be able to experience something because a part of this whole new music world is, it's called a "show me" culture.")
KCRW: Trying it all (KCRW is a traditional radio station, 89.9 on the dial in Los Angeles, that offers all the alternatives - podcasting, streaming, downloading, simulcasts, video, music sales - as well. And it's working. Subscribers are paying to listen from every U.S. state and around the world)
«Através de streaming ou podcast, [alguns] os conteúdos das três principais rádios do grupo RDP - Antena 1, Antena 2 e Antena 3 - estão desde ontem disponíveis na Internet para todos aqueles que os queiram ouvir fora do horário normal de programação. Arranca assim o "novo ciclo" da rádio pública, apresentado ontem em conferência de imprensa, com o qual estreia também a Rádio Mozart, emitida exclusivamente pela Internet para celebrar os 250 anos do nascimento do compositor austríaco.
fonte: «RDP aposta em rádio on-line e site multimédia» Publico, 17/5/06 Luís Leal Miranda
«The panel also featured audience participation that displayed the type of innovation typical of the Internet radio ad landscape. Spacial Audio's Rockie Thomas, a moderator from an earlier panel, argued that Webcasters have "basically been approaching [advertising] too much like a terrestrial product" with ad spots that are too long for the Net radio audience»
«Milpitas, CA - Apr 14, 2006 - The Idea Bank consortium of broadcasters has selected DRE's FM Extra digital subcarrier system as part of its digital radio strategy. The Idea Bank consortium represents nearly 500 radio stations across the United States and meets twice a year to discuss issues that affect the future of radio. At the group's Atlanta meeting in April, it announced that the group plans to initially convert 80 stations to FM Extra this year. Over-the-air FM Extra broadcasting was displayed at the meeting from WREC-FM 91.1 in Atlanta with two digital channels of stereo audio simultaneously with the primary stereo analog channel and RBDS.
DRE states that FM Extra can be used with HD Radio transmissions to provide even more digital channels to listeners. DRE also states that DRE-capable production receivers will be available by the end of June 2006.»fonte: 80 Stations Plan Conversion to FM Extra, Radio Magazine, 2/5/06, http://beradio.com/currents/nab_insider_05022006/#fm,
«In his monthly Internet column, Greater Media CEO Peter Smyth urged the radio industry to stop fighting the onslaught of new media devices that are capturing consumers' attention, and instead utilize radio's strengths to capitalize on the changing landscape.
«Does podcasting therefore spell the end of radio? “I don't really buy into that per se; what we're really seeing is a big mash-up of stuff,” says Mr Curry, the podfather. Podcasting, terrestrial radio and another newcomer, paid-for (ie, mostly advertising-free) satellite radio, are all carving out their niches in people's crowded media lives. The limiting factor of podcasting, says Mr Curry, is that it is “inherently asynchronous” (ie, not live). “If they find Osama bin Laden, don't go running to your iPod,” he adds. Breaking news, call-in shows (an old-fashioned form of participatory media) and other live programming will still work on terrestrial radio».
fonte: «Heard on the street», Economist, Apr 20th 2006, http://economist.com/surveys/displaystory.cfm?story_id=6794210
«Arbitron on Monday announced that global market information group TNS has inked a two-year deal to use Arbitron's Portable People Meter to collect both radio and television audience data in London. TNS already uses the PPM to collect audience data in several markets worldwide.
fonte: «Arbitron's PPM Set For London Panel», 22/05/06 Radio Ink
Mais: «As audiências de rádio e televisão na zona de Londres vão ser medidas com audímetros portáteis a partir de Janeiro de 2007. A Rajar (consórcio britânico que mede as audiências do mercado radiofónico no Reino Unido) anunciou ontem a escolha do PPM, o audímetro da norte-americana Arbitron - dispositivo que a Marktest testou com rádios e televisões portuguesas em 2004. A operação ascende aos 4,4 milhões de euros.
por causa dos novos aparelhos da XM (e da Sirius) que gravam a emissão e a transformam de imediato em ficheiros mp3 - com a oferta musical do satelite, estes aparelhos tornam-se melhores do que um iPod...
«"As has been widely reported, the four major record labels have filed a copyright infringement suit against XM Radio, based on the recording capabilities included in certain recently-introduced XM receivers, such as the Pioneer Inno and Samsung Helix. [Read previous RAIN coverage here.]
"The complaint [PDF] makes it clear that the RIAAcompanies are gunning not just for XM, but for all innovators. [A] summary of the claims, many of which reach well beyond the borders of established copyright jurisprudence.»
fonte RAIN, 19/5/06, http://www.kurthanson.com/archive/news/051906/index.asp
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A cadeia gigante CBS anunciou que vai passar a trabalhar com o PPM para medição de audiências nos EUA.
Isto motiva um comentário na RBR:
«RBR observation: Is it all over? Has PPM won? Not necessarily. CBS is a big fish, but Clear Channel is even bigger in radio. Should the remaining members of the Next-Gen group disagree with CBS and select the Media Audit/Ipsos entry for radio ratings, CBS would eventually have to go along. Arbitron's PPM is dependent on broadcasters encoding, leaving gaps where stations refuse to do so - as Cox and Radio One have demonstrated in Houston. One of the attractions of the Media Audit/Ipsos system is that it prefers encoding, but still produces ratings via sound-matching for stations that refuse to encode. We hear that a handful of other significant group owners, including some Next-Gen members, are considering signing PPM agreements as CBS has done. But the opera ain't over until the fat lady sings - and the fat lady lives in San Antonio.»
«A young Cambridge company developing modules for internet radios has signed a breakthrough deal which will see its technology included in the suites of some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Reciva has entered into an agreement with The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels, to introduce Reciva internet radio products into the company’s hotels. Installation of customised radios will begin with selected suites in The Peninsula New York and The Peninsula Chicago, followed by all guestrooms and suites at The Peninsula Tokyo, which is scheduled to open in 2007. Reciva’s technology uses Wi-Fi to connect to the thousands of radio stations broadcasting over the internet. A content browser on Reciva radios allows users to navigate live and on-demand broadcast radio by country and genre to select radio stations from anywhere in the world»
O problema é da Autoridade local da Concorrência:
«When asked yesterday, at the Lehman Worldwide Wireless, Wireline and Media Conference about a potential merger between his company and XM, Sirius EVP/CFO David Frear said he thought it would “make sense from an economic standpoint.” He added, however, that he couldn’t predict what government regulators would have to say to the hypothetical merger»
fonte: radio ink, 24/5/06, http://www.radioink.com/headlineentry.asp?hid=133679&pt=inkheadlines
Sobre a hipotética fusão:
«NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. (SIRI) thinks it could make sense to merge with rival XM Satellite Radio Inc. (XMSR) but isn't so sure regulators would approve such a deal.
Speaking at an investor conference organized by Morgan Stanley Wednesday, Chief Financial Officer David Frear said putting the two satellite radio companies together would create better a return for shareholders. It makes economic sense, but "whether or not that's feasible from a public policy perspective" is unclear, he said, according a transcript of his comments.
Chatter about possible talks between the two companies has circulated for months. Sirius and XM are currently the only two satellite radio providers in the U.S. In order for regulators to approve such a deal, the two would have to be considered part of a broader industry with other competitors»
fonte: «Sirius CFO: likes XM merger, but regulators may not agree», Market Watch.com Ellen Sheng, Last Update: 1:12 AM ET May 25, 2006
A proposito desta notícia, um responsável pela Marktest em Portugal, José Manuel Oliveira, «considera a decisão da Rajar "muito importante, porque vão começar a sair resultados semanais para televisão e rádio". O responsável frisa: "todos devemos estar muito atentos porque daqui a alguns meses ou anos, este pode ser o sistema a adoptar", uma vez que permite medir rádio e a televisão do futuro: no telemóvel, na Internet,...
fonte: «Audímetros portáteis em 2007», DN, 23/5,06
São cada vez mais interessantes os serviços que a rádio na internet possibilita - distanciando-se da rádio hertziana: «Toda semana, o site da Guarani FM traz as letras e a tradução em português dos sucessos internacionais mais tocados na rádio». É engraçado e funciona bem.
Outro exemplo: "Ever have a song stuck in your head, but can’t remember what it’s called, or even who sang it? "If you at least know how it goes, try this astonishing Web site, suggested to me by a reader: It’s SongTapper.com. "Basically, you tap your Space bar in the rhythm of the melody notes–'Lu-cy in the sky-yyyy, with di-i-a-monds' or whatever–and, incredibly, the site guesses which song you meant.
(O estudo é este: http://www.arbitron.com/downloads/im2006study.pdf)
«An Arbitron/Edison Media Research study finds that more than one-third of respondents are interested in HD Radio. When read a description of HD Radio, 8% said they were “very” interested, and another 27% said they were “somewhat” interested.
fonte: «Interest In Hi Def Radio Exists», RAdio Ink, 24/5/06
«An Arbitron/Edison Media Research study has found that three-quarters of the “digital radio” audience predict they will continue listening the same amount to AM/FM radio. Seventy-seven percent of respondents said they expect to listen to AM/FM radio as much as they do now despite increasing advancements in technology. The same holds true for Internet radio listeners and those who have tried audio podcasting.
fonte: «Most Will Continue Listening To AM/FM Radio», Radio Ink, May 24, 2006
A XM anunciou ontem uma revisão em baixa da sua previsão de assinantes - efeito Sirius/Stern?
da RBR: «Already reeling from a federal investigation into how it counts subscribers and a raft of shareholder lawsuits that followed, XM Satellite Radio shocked Wall Street yesterday by reducing its subscriber forecast for 2006. Rather than nine million subscribers, it is telling The Street to expect 8.5 million at year end. XM's stock, which had already been in a slide, fell over 11% yesterday. "Subscriber growth for the first quarter of 2006 was consistent with our initial guidance of nine million subscribers by the end of 2006.»
«NPR continues its leadership in podcasting with the introduction of 11 titles this week, growing the total of NPR Podcasts to 52. Additionally, more than 80 NPR Member stations are currently contributing to the www.NPR.org public radio podcasts directory, which now features 313 titles from around the country. The new entries mark the fourth phase of NPR's podcasting project. As of April 2006, users have downloaded 25 million NPR Podcasts since the first 16 titles were made available nine months ago. The 11 new features include: more themed collections of NPR broadcasts, additions to the ALT.NPR brand of original-to-podcasting content, a popular segment from the music series World Café and a new full program.» (RBR News 25/5/06)
«Worldspace has announced that its majority-owned Italian subsidiary, Worldspace Italia S.P.A. has received approval from the Italian Ministry of Communications to launch a subscription satellite radio service in Italy. The authorization grants Worldspace Italia the right to provide a subscription-based satellite radio and data service to consumers in Italy, and to use the frequency band 1,479.5MHz to 1,492MHz for the operation of the corresponding hybrid satellite/terrestrial network.
Worldspace Italia's minority partner is New Satellite Radio S.R.L. New Satellite Radio is expected to play an integral role in operational execution of the service in Italy, including distribution arrangements, such as OEM partnerships, content supply and acquisition, and marketing.
Worldspace Italia anticipates initial service to portable and vehicular devices in 2007, using an existent satellite and a terrestrial gap-filler network to be debuted in all major cities throughout Italy, pending approval of the company's installation plan by the Ministry. Italian subscribers will have eventual access to about 50 channels of diversified sports, talk and commercial-free music programming»
fonte: «Worldspace Gets Nod for European Satellite Radio», Radio magazine, 24/5/06, http://beradio.com/digital_radio_update/Digital_radio_update_052406/#euro
Parece um projecto ambicioso - e que pode mudar o rumo do negocio da musica digital, a partir desta notícia da Billboard Radio Monitor:
«Silicon Valley company has asked the FCC to allow it to use—free—a band of radio spectrum for a free high-speed wireless Internet network that would cover most of the country and be supported by advertising.
fonte: «VentureCap Firm Proposes Free Internet Using Radio Spectrum», Billboard Radio Monitor, May 23, 2006, By Chuck Taylor
«Quem gosta de correr ou de caminhar para se manter em forma já muitas vezes se terá perguntado, afinal, quantos metros percorreu. A Nike e a Apple desenvolveram um sistema que permite responder. Os ténis comunicam com o iPod e este indica a distância que foi feita, a velocidade média e as calorias perdidas, tal como acontece nas passadeiras dos ginásios. A junção entre um bom par de ténis e um leitor de áudio portátil não é de agora, pois milhares de desportistas gostam de correr acompanhados da sua música preferida. Mas esta é a primeira vez que a maior marca de ténis e o principal fabricante de leitores de áudio portáteis se juntam para oferecer novas funcionalidades relacionadas com a prática de atletismo. O sistema chama-se Nike+iPod e a ligação entre os ténis da Nike e o Nano - o modelo mais pequeno dos iPod - é feita através de um transmissor que é colocado na sapatilha e de um receptor que é ligado ao iPod. O kit, que apenas inclui o transmissor e o receptor, estará disponível dentro de dois meses e deverá custar 29 dólares (cerca de 23 euros). O utilizador pode continuar a ouvir música enquanto tem o novo sistema ligado e até registar o seu desempenho em www.nikeplus.com, para poder depois consultar a sua evolução numa espécie de diário dos treinos. "Sabemos que estas duas marcas funcionam muito bem juntas", adiantou Trevor Edwards, vice-presidente da Nike para a gestão global da marca, citado pela BBC News. "Partilhamos o mesmo tipo de utilizadores", explicou. Esta não foi a primeira tentativa de ligação entre a Nike e uma empresa de electrónica de consumo, mas a experiência anterior, com a Philips, não foi bem sucedida. Tal como não é inédita a produção de roupas da Nike adaptadas aos iPod»
fonte: Isabel Gorjão Santos, «Ténis Nike vão comunicar com o iPod e dizer ao utilizador quanto correu«, Público, 25/5/06
"A Media Capital Rádios (MCR) lançou-se hoje num novo projecto de rádio que vai acompanhar as selecções nacionais, de Sub-21 no campeonato da Europa e, a principal, no Mundial 2006. Na apresentação, Carlos Marques, director de multimédia da MCR, mostrou-se confiante no projecto com que espera alcançar cerca de 500 mil ouvintes, nos dois meses de transmissão. «Estamos convictos que, com esta rádio, venhamos a ter muito feedback dos nossos ouvintes e que esta alegria à volta da selecção contagie as pessoas a ouvir a rádio», comentou à «Agência Financeira». Já a nível de AM, a MCR espera conseguir «à volta de um milhão de ouvintes nos dois meses». Quanto ao valor de investimento não quis adiantar, dizendo apenas que é uma quantia «considerável para um projecto deste tipo». O investimento que está a ser feito «tem de ser compensado também pelas receitas e, por isso, temos que ter algum cuidado. Tem uma equipa própria com sinergias não só da própria rádio, mas também do grupo».
Ainda a respeito dos investimentos, o CEO da MCR, António Craveiro, referiu que os «custos do projecto, que têm algum significado, estão completamente cobertos. Felizmente tivemos a boa surpresa de muitas marcas quererem apostar neste projecto»." Assim, a MCR vem, mais uma vez, inovar no tipo de conteúdos transmitidos, uma vez que, até há pouco tempo, as suas rádios eram apenas musicais. «É um projecto de componente experimental. O que nos move é esta iniciativa representar uma incursão nesses territórios de conteúdos que anteriormente não apostávamos ou apostávamos menos», adiantou António Craveiro. Relativamente à continuidade desta iniciativa, o director de multimédia admitiu essa possibilidade. «Estamos abertos a todos as oportunidades de mercado. Se chegarmos à conclusão que este é um bom projecto e que tem pernas para andar, porque não», respondeu. A partir de hoje e até dia 10 de Junho, vai estar, então, no ar a Rádio Portugal (1035 Onda Média ou www.radioportugal.clix.pt) que dará todo o destaque à Selecção de Sub-21 no Europeu, a decorrer em Portugal, entre 23 de Maio e 1 de Junho. Já de 9 de Junho a 9 de Julho, a atenção estará centrada no campeonato Mundial, na Alemanha.
Esta rádio de informação desportiva vai ter ainda uma vertente de entretenimento, com diversas rubricas, debates, concursos, humor e comentários. «É uma rádio que vai ter que informar, mas num ambiente de festa», terminou Carlos Marques. A Rádio Portugal resulta de uma parceria com o site Mais Futebol e conta com o apoio das restantes rádios da MCR e da TVI.»
fonte: «Media Capital investe numa rádio para as selecções nacionais», Agência Financeira, 2006/05/15
Ao contrário do que aconteceu com a XM, a Sirius mantém as previsões de crescimento:
«In the wake of a scaled-down subscriber forecast by XM Satellite Radio, fast-growing Sirius has now reaffirmed its earlier projections. The quickly-growing upstart maintained its estimate of 6.5 million subscribers by year-end, a figure that represents an addition of 2.5 million over the next seven months. "This supports our expectation that we will capture the majority of retail satellite radio net additions in 2006," said Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin. Meanwhile, the company also indicated that it could reach positive free cash flow as early as the fourth quarter.»
fonte: Digital radio News, «Sirius Satellite Reaffirms Subscriber, Financial Guidance», 26/5/06
Numa altura em que a Internet se assume como espaço desregulamentado e em que o satélite escapa ao controlo do regulador, parece anacrónico que o senado norte-americano agrave as multas por indecência verbal...
«Washington - May 19, 2006 - The Senate has approved a bill to raise fines to 5,000 per violation, which is 10 times the current maximum of ,500, for a broadcaster charged with airing indecent material. The house passed a similar bill earlier this year seeking to raise the fine to 0,000. Now the two sides have to compromise on a final version to send to the president for approval»
Sinal dos tempos...
«Natalie Swed Stone, US Director of National Radio Investment at OMD, announced that her agency was adopting the term "audio" to reflect the direction they believe the "radio" market is headed. Matt Feinberg, Senior VP and Director of Interactive Broadcast for Zenith Media, said that he agreed with Ms. Swed Stone's argument. "We realized a couple years ago that [this industry] is more than radio," Feinberg said. "The lines are so blurry that no one knows where to go and what to do. If you try to define it by traditional styles, you'll go insane." "Changing the name from radio to audio is more all encompassing and I think its a move in the right direction," Feinberg added.
fonte: «ad agencies dropping radio for audio as industry shifts», RAIN, 26/5/06, http://www.kurthanson.com/archive/news/052606/index.asp
«I can download digital songs from one company, but I can't play them on another company's machine? My hard drive with all my music files crashed, and I can't transfer the songs from my handheld into a new computer? Oui and oui again. The legal and technical issues of protecting music copyrights are so complex, Paitre said, that many music lovers "feel stuck in the middle" and eventually are forced into the business of trying to foil the protections on their own.»
fonte: «Loading the iPod With Egalitarianism French Bills Have Firms Singing Blues», By John Ward Anderson, Washington Post Foreign Service
«A Direcção do Público pretende passar a envolver os leitores no processo de realização do jornal. José Manuel Fernandes, director do diário, tenciona «criar mais mecanismos de participação acessíveis primeiro a toda a equipa, para a envolver nas opções a tomar, e depois discuti-las em públcio, com os leitores. Exemplo dessa nova filosofia foi a recente iniciativa de dar a escolher, através do sítio na Web, a fotografia que iria surgir na primeira página em papel no dia seguinte. Netse capítulo, a direcção do jornal entende que blogosfera « se assume como um crescente e interessante fenómeno» porque «pode influenciar e condicionar o debate público», afastando-se, porém, do «impossível jornalismo-cidadão» (Expresso, 27/5/06, «O Público discutido... em público», BP)
«To receive portable Internet radio, you'll need:
fonte: Gwinn, Eric, «Radio on the go» Chicago Tribune, 30/5/06 in http://www.chicagotribune.com/technology/reviews/chi-0605290211may30,1,3837879.column?coll=chi-technologyreviews-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true
Transistor kills the radio star?
Um blogue de suporte a uma investigação sobre a rádio do futuro - ou o que quer que ela se venha a chamar...
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