Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Did The Internet Kill The Radio Star?

It Ain't What It Used To Be

The Inky Jukebox has been trying out online radio stations and is happy to report that Clear Channel’s iheartradio delivers a high-quality product through its downloadable radio app. They offer 750+ stations that span the range of genres from Hit, Alternative, Rock, Hip-Hop/R&B, Adult, Latin, and Country.

The radio player has an easy to use interface that blends into the background nicely and offers a truly crisp sound. The Inky Jukebox is listening on a MacBook Pro and finds that even with the volume levels set at low to medium, it packs a punch.

We’re listening to Big Machine Radio, which, as can be expected, provides a steady stream of current and former Big Machine artists. Who are they? Currently the roster includes:

Taylor Swift
Rascal Flatts
Steel Magnolia
Jack Ingram
Trisha Yearwood
Edens Edge
Valentines Day

and under The Valory Music Co label:

Justin Moore
Brantley Gilbert

and under Republic Nashville:

The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Martina McBride
Sunny Sweeney

The player can be downloaded direct from Big Machine at

Did the internet kill the radio? Nope. It just made it easier to find. What killed the radio was the conglomeration of independent stations into megalith companies like Clear Channel. If you want quirkier stuff, go to podcasts, college radio, YouTube and actual shows.

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