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Flytunes adds NPR and more music: Now over 160 channels

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When the FlyTunes service was first unveiled at CES, it had only 50 channels to offer users. Now, a few months later, FlyTunes has received an injection of new content bringing its number of channels to more than 160 channels consisting of new sports, talk, weather and a myriad of music genres.

The free service (which pre-loads Internet Radio content onto your iPhone or iPod Touch) now includes programming from Radio Paradise, SmoothJazz.com, RauteMusik.fm, and 53 music channels from 181.fm.

In the talk category, FlyTunes has added on NPR - yes, NPR - as well as sports content from TheScore.com, and even local weather in the top 15 U.S. markets.

FlyTunes says they've signed on "hundreds of thousands" of users since their January launch, and that the average FlyTunes iPhone user listens for about 8-hours per month. Not too shabby since they're still in their infancy. And now with the channel count rivaling that of either satellite radio service, iPhone/iPod owners have yet another reason why they don't need Sirius or XM.

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Stuff like this makes you feel like SatRad dropped the ball too many times and are missing great opportunites. Maybe a deal could not be worked out but SatRad should be plastering itself everywhere. Even limited channels! Most here love what XM or Sirius has to offer but the average person will hear whatever is accessible and right now there is too amny options. I was against this merger but since it is happening I hope combined they make a strong push to make SatRad known to the masses once again.

Interesting - maybe the best example yet of why the DOJ decision was the correct one, even if I still wish this merger weren't happening.

Also, I notice the FlyTunes webpage now says they'll soon be offering service on iPod Classic!?!? How's this going to work? Podcasting loops of each channel?

Ryan - Simple question.

If this is a free service how does it make money? I don't get it. Do they run commercials? What is the business model?

I have to agree, another reason you don’t need sat rad. In the end, the only way sat rad survives or thrives is via the things it brings other than music. Music is now available anywhere, from the “your content your way” IPOD to the “I will record and listen later” Flytunes, and everything in-between. That market is gone, at least on the retail level. The competition and the FCC has pretty much killed any chance of a return to retail (frankly deserved when they started producing out of compliance FM mods that blasted Sterns fake orgasms on his stupid Sybian into other cars not wanting it.)

The market for sat rad is cars, and that’s where it will live or die. And within that market it has two things going for it.

The first is that the vast majority of Americans are not teens or young people that sit in front of computers text messaging and sharing content. They are a bit older that would rather play golf, fish, play with the kids, eat, and work. They simply want decent music commercial free. And sat rad fills that role admirably within a vehicle.

The second is that this same group likes live content, not recorded. So they are news junkies, and having that available is quite a large market.

Further, XM has come out with that Nav Traffic feature, and that seems to be coming on strong.

But from an investment point of view, all of this is totally irrelevant at this time. Its 100% focused on the FCC now, how much they will demand in return for letting this merger go forth. And how much will that damage the companies. Too many questions at this point to make it worth the risk to me.

But I still love the service.

WRONG

It is neither interesting NOR a example why the DOJ F*CKED up the decision on satrad "merge" MONOPOLY. Flytunes like everything else does NOT compete directly with satrad.

"Interesting - maybe the best example yet of why the DOJ decision was the correct one, even if I still wish this merger weren't happening."

The FCC needs to NOT DO what the DOJ did and BLOCK out the lobbyists with the open pockets. CRUSHING this satrad "merge" MONOPOLY and force Sirius and xm to live up to the agreements they made to obtain their operating licenses. No "merge" MONOPOLY is positive for consumers.


If you have a Windows Mobile Smartphone you can also get radio and commercial free music on www.TalkStreamLive.mobi

Most of the music streams are at 128kbs (we have Radio Paradise at 192kbs) and the service works great in cars -- even in elevators... We even have "Coverville" -- the best music podcast ever!

Our footprint is worldwide -- the service is free (we did not spend any money launching expensive satellites - that's so 1958) -- there is no business model. Hold on tight WiMax is coming.


@Bill: Does it cache the songs to the phone? I think that's one of the neat things about FlyTunes. It's pre-cached, so there's no concerns for reception, and WiFi-enabled phones don't have to worry about service fees.

btw, I have a Windows Mobile phone, not an iPhone. So I'd personally be really interested in something like that. :)

Coward: "The FCC needs to NOT DO what the DOJ did and BLOCK out the lobbyists with the open pockets. CRUSHING this satrad "merge" MONOPOLY and force Sirius and xm to live up to the agreements they made to obtain their operating licenses. No "merge" MONOPOLY is positive for consumers."

It's not going to be a "positive" if they don't make a horse race out the medium. So stop spamming the board with your ridiculous comments.

And the "lobbyists with the open pockets" (sic) are the NAB- and their running dogs.

Hardly a week has gone by since the merger process began that the evidence does not justify blocking the merger. The salient reason is correct: SatRad is one medium that competes with many others.

And we have not seen the last of it.


Hey Ryan,

Cashing the stream is a neat trick -- I wonder how long it recodes 30 minutes or more? How much space would that be at 182kbs? how does it cash over 100 music channels at the same time? I don't think that would fit on my Motorola Q.

No our streaming is all in "real time."

Bill

Bottom line, the FCC and DOJ have single handedly destroyed the value of two companies by not rendering a merger decision in a timely matter. Now the fucking ugly duffus Kerry writes a letter to Martin asking him to not hurry on a decision. Where the fuck has this asshole been for the past 14 months, try to fuck a Heinz ketchup bottle?

Bottom line, the FCC and DOJ have single handedly destroyed the value of two companies by not rendering a merger decision in a timely matter. Now the fucking ugly duffus Kerry writes a letter to Martin asking him to not hurry on a decision. Where the fuck has this asshole been for the past 14 months, trying to fuck a Heinz ketchup bottle?

All they need now is ESPN radio, otherwise the service is complete. I wonder if they should add Sporting News radio since that's popular among the XM users who complained when XM Sports Nation came on the air.

I'm surprised at the number of comments here and on the comments of the main board saying that XM and Sirius are missing out by not putting more of their stuff out for download. I suspect that most of the things on the satellite radio airwaves are not owned by the companies so they can't just archive them for download. XM has O & A and Bob Edwards on podcast, but not Oprah or Casey Casem....probably because they can't. After the lawsuit over the inno, I can really see why XM doesn't make archives available. The crippled recording nature of the Stilletto makes me think Sirius has the same issue.

Max
"Stop spamming the board with your ridiculous BLIND FANBOY comments." You can't handle the truth of this "merge" MONOPOLY. Satrad competes with nothing directly but satrad. SIrius and xm must be forced to honor commitments they made when they applied for licenses, this is a "merge" MONOPOLY

BAD for consumers, BAD for satrad, the FCC must CRUSH this "merge" MONOPOLY.

Max
"Stop spamming the board with your ridiculous BLIND FANBOY comments." You can't handle the truth of this "merge" MONOPOLY. Satrad competes with nothing directly but satrad. SIrius and xm must be forced to honor commitments they made when they applied for licenses, this is a "merge" MONOPOLY

BAD for consumers, BAD for satrad, the FCC must CRUSH this "merge" MONOPOLY.

You can't handle the truth of this "merge" MONOPOLY. Satrad competes with nothing directly but satrad. SIrius and xm must be forced to honor commitments they made when they applied for licenses, this is a "merge" MONOPOLY"

POLLY WANT A CRACKER?

Grow up, @sshole.