Cybertainment: Online radio channels add features
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Summer brings the introduction of a wide range of new features designed to enhance the online listening experience.
Online music service Spotify is premiering four artist-curated channels with the new Spotify Artist App.
Quincy Jones -- The Stories Behind the Music features behind-the-scenes stories about some of Mr. Jones' recordings. He talks about his musical heroes and how music is used in movies.
Tiesto's Club Life features dance music curated by DJ/producer Tiesto, and includes a single of the week and a dance music chart.
Rancid focuses on the world of punk, with Rancid's Tim Armstrong playing music that inspires him.
Disturbed will explore the past few decades of rock and metal with playlists created by members of Disturbed and some guest playlists.
Online radio service Slacker is rolling out a slate of customizable talk/lifestyle channels geared to male and female audiences.
Slacker's Men's Life and Women's Life channels feature stories on health and fitness, food and drink, fashion, money, relationships, entertainment and more.
Slacker Radio Plus ($3.99/month) and Slacker Radio Premium ($9.99/month) listeners will be able to create customized lifestyle stations based on the specific topics that interest them most. Anyone can listen to the basic channels free of charge.
Slacker also launched its 17th artist-curated station with a new channel hosted by Graffiti6 band members Jamie Scott and Tommy Danvers.
Slacker's Artist Showcase stations feature music chosen by bands and musicians, along with intros and commentaries. Other bands and artists curating Slacker channels include Jimmy Eat World, The Wanted, The White Buffalo, Blue October, Plain White T's and Justin Moore.
DAR.fm is an online digital audio recorder, where users can select from a library of more than 20,000 broadcast radio programs and stations, schedule a recording time, and listen to them whenever they want.
DAR is now offering new apps for Android and IOS devices, so that the shows can be downloaded directly to smartphones and tablets. The iPad/iPod app is RSS Radio Lite. The Android app is called DAR Radio Downloader.
Listeners can also rewind or fast forwarded the downloaded shows.
First Published July 8, 2012 12:00 am