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Sirius-XM targets 100m cars

David Frear, CFO at US satellite radio broadcaster Sirius-XM predicts that its pay-radio service will be on the road to more than 100 million cars, vans and trucks by the end of the decade. Frear, speaking at the recent UBC Global Media conference, told analysts that while predicting the number of new car sales in […]

December 16, 2011By Chris Forrester

Spotify opens platform to third party developers

Spotify, the digital music service, is seeking to emulate the success of Apple and Facebook by opening its platform to outside developers. Daniel Ek, Spotify founder and chief executive, said that new applications from Rolling Stone, and others would run inside Spotify, offering users a richer experience. The Rolling Stone app, for example, will […]

December 1, 2011

Virgin Media TiVo adds Spotify app

Virgin Media has confirmed that the Spotify TiVo app will be rolling out for all Virgin Media: TiVo customers. The new and exclusive app will enable all Spotify Premium customers to access tracks and playlists through Virgin Media TiVo on their TV or home cinema system, and will automatically appear in the Apps and Games […]

November 29, 2011

Spotify hits 2.5m subs

Spotify has added about half a million new subscribers in the two months since plugging into Facebook’s new entertainment platform. The announcement that the digital music service had reached 2.5 million paying subscribers comes after a rocky period, with launches in four new European countries offset against a renewed debate about artists’ earnings from streaming […]

November 24, 2011

Liberty Media to increase stake in SiriusXM?

Liberty Media is considering increasing its ownership share of SiriusXM Satellite Radio, according to the New York Post. In March of 2009, Liberty Media bought a 40 per cent share of the sat radio company as it was facing potential bankruptcy. The Post states that talks are currently ongoing between both sides. Liberty is currently […]

November 22, 2011

Sharpstream rolls out new Adswizz system

Sharpstream are rolling out the Adswizz intelligent advertising system onto their content delivery network. Adswizz – not available before via a UK distributor – offers ad replacement services and detailed analysis of listener figures for its clients. The technology allows stations to gather lots of information on who is listening and target ads accordingly. It […]

November 15, 2011

German DAB+ boosts sales

Germany launched digital radio format DAB+ in August at IFA and market research company GfK says DAB+ “is set to significantly impact on sales of portable audio devices (e.g. portable radios, clock radios, radio recorders and other product categories) in Germany.” Indeed, GfK data shows there was a “considerable” increase in radio sales in August […]

November 7, 2011By Chris Forrester

Sirius profits up but subs stall

Profits at Sirius XM Radio grew by more than 50 per cent in the third quarter, and its subscription numbers hit a record of 21.3 million but analyst were disappointment with Sirius’s subscription growth rate saw the stock fall over three per cent. For the three months ended September 30th, Sirius had $763 million in […]

November 2, 2011

Spotify in Virgin bundles

Virgin Media has launched a range of broadband and mobile bundles which include the digital music service Spotify. Following the announcement of a partnership deal earlier this year customers will be able to access Spotify online through home computers, on mobile devices or through the Spotify app on Virgin Media’s TiVo powered digital TV service. […]

October 31, 2011

BBC to fund rollout of DAB radio

The BBC will pay for the rollout of digital audio broadcasting (DAB) radio to 97 per cent of the UK population, but culture minister Ed Vaizey has warned that a “huge amount of work” remains to be done to get to switchover. The corporation’s director of audio and music, Tim Davie, said the BBC would […]

October 19, 2011