FCC Gives Final Approval Of Pandora’s KXMZ Purchase

Update 6/2: The FCC has given full approval granting the transfer of Hot AC “Hits 102.7” KXMZ Box Elder/Rapid City, SD from Connoisseur Media to Pandora Radio. In a supplemental pleading to the FCC as part of its Petition To Deny, ASCAP stated “that Pandora is motivated by obtaining the benefits of copyright licensing payment terms applicable to broadcasters rather than by a sincere desire to become a broadcaster; and that grant of the Petition could lead to the collapse of the collective copyright licensing system, to the detriment of copyright owners, the broadcasting industry, and American society in general”. The FCC responds that “ASCAP fails to establish any likelihood that the KXMZ(FM) acquisition would result in a court victory for Pandora. ASCAP’s pre...[Read More]

Looking At IHeartRadio Talk

Clear Channel today launched IHeartRadio Talk. The new addition to features on-demand listening of talk content from a variety of sources. In addition to content from Clear Channel’s stations and Premiere Radio Networks, IHeartRadio Talk features content from ABC, American Public Media, KCRW, Yahoo! Sports Radio, Envision Radio Networks, and multiple Podcasting networks such as Earwolf and Nerdist among the shows we’ve seen. The best comparison for the new feature would be, which allows users to stream podcasts on demand. The content is built around a feature called “Daily Pulse”, which Clear Channel describes in its press release as “a customizable Talk channel featuring the most up-to-date news and culture highlights, which allow...[Read More]

Is Apple Planning Talk Programming For iTunes Radio?

Apple’s licensing terms for iTunes Radio were released to independent labels giving the first look at how the service will compare to others from a licensing standpoint. Among the key points released by the Wall Street Journal, Apple will pay .13 cents each time a song is played, as well as 15% of net advertising revenue in the first year before rising to .14 and 19% in the second. Songs already owned by a listener on iTunes will not require payment, nor will promotional “Heat Seeker” tracks or songs that are skipped by the user within 20 seconds of starting. The licensing terms also include language for use of music in Spoken Word programming. Apple will not have to pay the labels royalties for clips used as background or production pieces. While the Journal states, R...[Read More]

Apple Unveils iTunes Radio

At today’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple officially revealed its long expected “iTunes Radio” streaming radio service. The platform features a mix of curated pre-programmed stations as well as listener created stations based on artists and songs. Features involve song skipping, Siri integration, and playlists of every song listened to with ability to purchase with one click. Apple is also highlighting that they will have exclusive “first listen” premieres from top selling artists and live streams from the iTunes Festival in London and other exclusive iTunes Sessions. The more you use iTunes Radio and iTunes, the more it knows what you like to listen to and the more personalized your experience becomes. iTunes Radio will launch this fall as part of iOS7 for the iP...[Read More]

Apple’s Coming; But Likely Not iRadio

With Friday’s signing of Sony bringing all three major record labels under contract, all signs point to Apple launching their long expected streaming service on Monday at their Worldwide Developers Conference. While most reports have pegged the service as “iRadio“, it is doubtful that will be the name the service takes when it launches. On the technical side, Apple does not own the trademark or domains for iRadio. has been owned by Howard Freedman’s WebRadio Strategists since 1995. The trademark for the term is currently owned by Jacqueline Carter of Ventura, CA. Carter and fiancee Marc Angell are owners of the syndicated “Music Of Your Life” Adult Standards network and considered by some to be a trademark squatter. Music of Your Life is attem...[Read More]