Europe’s Radionomy launches in U.S.

Internet radio service allows users to program stations

European Internet radio service Radionomy, which enables users to program — and potentially monetize — their own stations, unveiled a redesign and U.S. launch on Tuesday.

Founded in 2008 in Belgium, Radionomy is an ad-supported free platform that boasts 13 million monthly unique users. Unlike its most immediate Stateside competitors Pandora and Slacker, Radionomy is entirely composed of user-generated playlists: All registered users can program their own dedicated stations, including between-song banter, jingles and interviews, and can upload their own music in addition to choosing from the platform’s 80,000-song catalog. Most interestingly, citizen-programmers receive a cut of their station’s ad revenues once it exceeds a certain listenership.

Radionomy is browser-based, though VP of business development Thierry Ascarez noted that most listening occurs on external players such as iTunes. Ascarez says the site has 6,000 active stations, the most popular of which are devoted to Mozart, Bob Marley and lounge music.

“What’s unique about Radionomy is that there is no algorithm,” Ascarez said. “There are always passionate people behind every playlist.”

Radionomy recently opened its U.S. offices in San Francisco, having raised more than $4 million in funding earlier this year.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Marketplace

    Leave a Reply

    No Comments

    Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

    WordPress.com Logo

    You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

    Connecting to %s

    More Digital News from Variety

    Loading