AccuRadio

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AccuRadio is an independent, multichannel Internet radio property founded in 2000.[1] It currently offers 1030 pre-developed stations, covering an extremely wide range of genres; these included Pop, Rock, Folk, Urban, Alternative, Indie, Country, New Age, Americana, Bluegrass, Broadway, Christian, Jazz, Electronic, Oldies, Standards, Classical and Love. Some stations also highlight music from different locations such as North/South America, Africa and Europe. The first three stations were "Swingin' Pop Standards", "Piano Jazz" and "Modern Rock Classics". Though based in Chicago, it is available internationally and reaches two million listeners per month,[2] averaging in at about 500,000 listening hours per day. Between January 2015 and December 2015, AccuRadio listener traffic grew 80%, making it the fastest-growing personalized music webcaster in the U.S.[3]

All of AccuRadio's audio channels (except those which are comedy-focused) provide continuous music streaming with no talk. There are commercials, though. While a song is playing, album cover, artist, song and album or mixtape information appears on screen. AccuRadio programmers select the music based on what they think is perfect to be broadcast on the air and the database that's available to them.[4] Because of this, it's not impossible the same song can be heard on two channels (unnecessarily simultaneously) but one is censored and one is not.

Background[edit]

AccuRadio is based in Chicago. Their founder/CEO is Kurt Hanson, a University of Chicago alumnus who founded and continues to publish RAIN: Radio and Internet Newsletter from AccuRadio headquarters in the Loop.[5] Their Executive Vice President of Sales is Michael Damsky.[6] Their Vice President of Technology is Arun Kambhammettu. Their COO is John Gehron.[7] The company also works with former broadcast radio personalities like Tommy Edwards,[8] Barbara Prieto[9] and Steve Cochran.[10] In 2015, AccuRadio rebranded itself as "better radio for your workday" by adding 77 "workplace moods" channels[11] to better target the 35-to-64 demographic of daytime office workers and saw listener traffic jump nearly 35% in a single month.[12]

Features[edit]

A station is centralised by a specific genre or theme, or a combination of multiple items of any kind. Unlike many other internet radio competitors like Pandora, Slacker and Jango, AccuRadio users can customise one of its programmed channels but they can't build their own channels themselves. Each track played can be responded to with a rating scale from 1 to 5 stars, which determine its future airplay, but not thumbs up/down. In case a listener has rated 4 or 5 stars for at least 20 tracks, a special 5-Star Radio is unlocked. In addition, several genres may have the "Listeners Top 100" station, an artist specific station, a "HitKast" station (devoting to current songs), or a year specific station (the latter case is common for oldies). An artist and/or a song can be banned on an individual station but not the overall listening experience. No response is applicable to musical attributes or to albums. Clicking the thumbs down or skipping feature is unlimited and will stop the current play of the track once either of them is used.

Web streaming[edit]

Based on the latest monthly report from Triton Digital's Webcast Metrics service in March 2018, AccuRadio is the ninth most listened to web streaming service among all U.S. broadcast groups that stream online, with 21,908 Average Active Sessions. Listeners average 2.38 hours per listening session, nearly quintuple the session time of leading competitors such as Pandora and Spotify.[13] The service offers apps for iOS,[14] Android, Roku,[15] and webOS, all have been downloaded over half a million times and are highly-rated at around 4.6 stars on the Apple, Android, WebOS Nation, and Roku app stores.[16] In January 2013, AccuRadio partnered with Aha by HARMAN to makes its content available via Aha apps in an Aha-supported automobile dashboards.[17] The service differs from its competitors in its curated-channel approach to music streaming, with popular channels such as "HitKast" (top radio hits), "Today's New Country", "Classic Hits", and "Smooth Jazz" attracting thousands of listeners each day.

Awards[edit]

AccuRadio won the People's Voice award for Best Radio in the 2006 Webby Awards, the AccuTunes interface built by AccuRadio won Best Radio again in 2008, and the AccuRadio IOS Handheld App was named an Honoree for the Best Streaming Audio category in the 2016 cycle.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About AccuRadio". AccuRadio Support. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  2. ^ "About AccuRadio". AccuRadio Support. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  3. ^ "Lesser-Known Music Streaming Service, AccuRadio, Grew 80%". Deviant Noise. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  4. ^ "Twitter". mobile.twitter.com. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  5. ^ RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter
  6. ^ Feder, Robert (13 September 2012). "AccuRadio poised for 'explosive growth' with Damsky". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  7. ^ Rosenthal, Phil (7 December 2009). "Radio exec John Gehron to work with AccuRadio.com". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  8. ^ "Tommy Edwards Signs On With AccuRadio To Program & Manage Chicago Stations". Chicago Radio and Media. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  9. ^ "Veteran Urban Programmer Barbara Prieto Joins AccuRadio". AllAccess. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  10. ^ Feder, Robert (23 September 2010). "AccuRadio hires Steve Cochran just for laughs". WBEZ. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  11. ^ "Free Internet Radio | AccuRadio Online". AccuRadio online radio. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  12. ^ Peoples, Glenn (3 August 2015). "Behind the Ever-Changing Internet Radio Landscape and Niche Success of AccuRadio". Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  13. ^ Digital, Triton (5 December 2016). "Triton Digital Releases December 2016 Top 20 Ranker" (PDF). Triton Digital. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  14. ^ "AccuRadio's iOS App Gets Rave Ratings". AllAccess. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  15. ^ "Channel Store – Roku Streaming Player". 15 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-25.
  16. ^ "AccuRadio Is Music To Your Pre-Loving Ears". PalmWebOS.org. 18 September 2009. Archived from the original on 30 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  17. ^ Murphy, Hillary (7 January 2013). "Aha by HARMANTM Becomes Even More Musical with Addition of AccuRadio, Deezer, Rdio and SomaFM". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  18. ^ "AccuRadio Wins A Webby". Radiolink. 7 May 2008. Archived from the original on 31 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-12.

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