NY Times: The Ascendance of Internet Radio
June 1, 2009 at 5:23 AM (PT)
SAUL HANSELL writes in THE NEW YORK TIMES, "I’m starting to think that at the end of the day what will be the most common way of getting digital music will be some new version of radio. Push a button. Get some good songs. Pay no money. Maybe hear some ads. Sure, people will buy downloads, use social networks and get music lots of other ways. But good enough and easy may well dominate.
"That was one reason why I leaped at the chance to meet TOM DEVESTO, the chief executive of TIVOLI AUDIO, which makes some well regarded and very expensive table radios. Mr. DEVESTO has been making radios since he joined ADVENT, the audio company HENRY KLOSS started decades ago.
"The top of TIVOLI’s line are designed to get Internet radio stations, too. Hook it up to your WiFi network and you can pull in any of the thousands of stations around the world that stream their programming on the Web.
"Mr. DEVESTO is building his products mainly around traditional radio stations that have online streams. I asked about custom radio services like PANDORA. He said that TIVOLI has talked to PANDORA, but said they hadn’t been able to work out an economic deal. The displays on TIVOLI devices can’t display advertising. And users, he argued, won’t want to hear audio ads, nor will they pay a fee."
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