Clear Channel Radio Online

In the past few days, Clear Channel has changed how their online radio stations work. They have made it harder to acquire a static URL that tunes properly to their stations. This is unfortunate, as it interferes with your legal right to automatically schedule recordings for listening later. A lot of online radio directories are similarly hosed.

Fortunately, we’ve come up with a solution in Replay A/V. If you’re looking to record a Clear Channel station, just open Replay A/V and add it from the Media Guide using the Shows menu option. Until Clear Channel changes something, this works great! If your station doesn’t work, just tell us, and we’ll update our radio station database.

Speaking of Clear Channel, poking around on their site uncovers some interesting discoveries. They are trying to compete with XM/Sirius in the content space with their new Format Lab service. And they have some interesting on-demand music and video content too.

Some people say Clear Channel is getting too large, but the innovation they are doing is pretty impressive, and they are poised to do to the online radio space what they’ve done to the terrestrial space. Watch out!

The iPhone – Great for Mobile Media Lovers

I’ve always been a gadget hound. So, no surprise that I waited in line all day to be one of the first to grab an iPhone. The Apple iPhone is the ultimate convergence device. Sure, it’s pricey, but I’m loving the fact that I have a phone, iPod , camera and email/internet device that fits nicely in my pocket. Plus, it is without a doubt the most beautiful device I’ve ever owned.

Replay AV, Replay Media Catcher and Replay Converter make great companions for the iPhone. Use Replay AV or Replay Media Catcher to capture online media. Use Replay Converter to convert your audio or video to a format suitable for playing on your iPhone. It’s really easy. Replay AV will even transfer your newly recorded and converted media to iTunes automatically. Next time you sync the iPhone your recordings will be there ready for you to enjoy or show off to others.

Video that can be played in iTunes will sync with the iPhone. Use Replay Converter to convert your home movies to iPod video format and take them with you on your iPhone.

For me, the iPhone was worth the wait. It’s functional and beautiful. This morning I heard that the Apple store I had camped out at still has a few in stock. My first thought was Ugh! You mean I stood in line all those hours for no reason??!! But actually, I’m glad I had the experience. It really was fun and exciting to be 9th in line. I proudly earned my geek badge on iPhone launch day.

Silent Radio Day

Today is Radio Silence Day, when thousands of online radio music stations go silent to protest the upcoming increase in music fees. This canard promoted by the RIAA basically insures that any internet radio station goes out of business. Not only will fees increase, but they are retroactive to the past 18 months!

Pandora says it best. Read their home page here: http://pandora.com/
Mad yet? Call your congressman!

New Applian Media Browser Toolbar

Today we have just released a cool gadget – the Free Applian Media Browser Toolbar. From within Internet Explorer or Firefox, you can stay notified when Applian product news and updates occur, quickly get access to tutorials and help with streaming media recording problems, as well as some handy gadgets including a search box, radio player, weather bug, email notifier and more.

The Applian Media Toolbar is free. Check it out here: http://applian.com/toolbar/

More cool stuff – Veoh Player

Today just seems to be the day of neat discoveries. Have a look at the Veoh player – it can download videos from a variety of places, it lets you subscribe to RSS Video feeds, and it even has a “10 foot” TV mode so you can sit back and enjoy your videos. And Replay Converter works with the video downloads. Pretty cool stuff.
Check it out at veoh.com.

Recaptcha.net

This has little to do with the media business, but it’s so cool that it’s worth sharing. Check out http://recaptcha.net.
This service supplies free captchas – those squiggly words supposedly readable only by humans and not computers, used to prevent automated submissions of forms. The captchas are taken from scanning books where the OCR software fails. After enough humans verify a captcha, the word is corrected as a part of the book scan.

This solves two real world problems at once – supplying unique captchas to Web sites, and deciphering unreadable words using human power. Brilliant!

(Read more from the site to see how the software knows that a captcha is correct before it’s actually verified.)

Google Audio Ads

This is one of the weirdest things I’ve seen in a while: Google is setting up an Adwords-like system to be able to place and track radio ads. It’s called Google Audio Ads.

No, this isn’t online advertising – these are ads placed on terrestrial AM and FM radio stations. Ads are tracked by a callback phone number in the ads itself.

Why would Google undertake something so far outside their core area of expertise? Either it’s incredibly stupid, or really smart.

Perhaps Google thinks it can take over another advertising area, duplicating the success of Adwords and Adsense. Adsense works well for the hosting sites, but in our experience it doesn’t do nearly as well as targeted keyword advertising. Radio ads are usually expensive to run and ineffective unless you have a huge budget.

The other possibility is that they are setting up infrastructure for local advertising of all kinds. Location-based ads are hot in the investment community, and show a lot of promise, so perhaps this is Google’s way of trying to dominate the sector before the other location-based technologies take hold.

Google Audio Ads an interesting development, but don’t be surprised to see it become a total flop.

Cool New Product News for May

The Applian Advantage Club: A while back I asked some of you for your opinion about a “Members Only Club” – a club for Suite owners that would offer certain benefits to its members. Well we still plan on starting the club – it’s just taken a bit longer than we thought. We are redoing our website in the next month and once it’s done we will start the club. Please watch for an invitation. We are really excited to get this going.

If you would like details on the future Applian Advantage Club benefits please click here:

Replay AV 8.2 – This latest version of Replay AV will include Applian Media Courier powered by YouSendIt: -a new feature that enables Replay AV customers to retrieve their recorded files anywhere they can access e-mail . Imagine being at work and getting an e-mail with a link to your favorite daily recording? Or being on vacation and listening to all your favorite shows?

This is slated for release in early June. If you are interested in receiving an email when Replay AV with Applian Media Courier powered by YouSendIt is available, please click here.

Replay Converter with DVD Burning Capabilty: We are about to release a whole new version of Replay Converter with a brand new look and a great new feature – DVD burning! Replay Converter with DVD burning should be available early to mid summer. Thanks to this new feature you will be able to go from download to DVD in one easy step.

If you are interested in being notified when Replay Converter with DVD Burning capability is available, please check here.

<Replay Media Catcher 2.10: This first-ever streaming Flash Video Recorder was released in February and we have already improved it. Replay Media Catcher now includes automatic naming of captured videos, and can record, recognize and tag streaming MP3 files too. Version 2.10 will have the ability to capture more MP3 streams, as well as extract MP3 tracks from Shoutcast radio stations. If you haven’t tried this super easy recorder yet – you should. Just remember the secret to using Replay Media Catcher is that you need to open the program and hit “start recording” BEFORE even going to the website that you want to record.

Replay Media Catcher 2.10 will be available by June 1. Updates are free for existing customers.
Learn more about Replay Media Catcher 2.10 here.

<Replay Music Fans: With the release of Windows Vista, the current recording method that Replay Music employs doesn’t work anymore. We understand this is frustrating. But we are very excited about a new technology under development that will restore audio recording capabilities to Vista.

Read why we believe Replay Music doesn’t work with Vista and sign up to be notified about this new recording technology when it becomes available. Please click here.

Updates: We are never satisfied to leave well enough alone. We are constantly updating our programs. Why not add our updates page link to your RSS reader or bookmarked pages and check it once a week or so. That way you will always know the latest new features we have added to our programs.

http://applian.wpengine.com/updates/index.html

Thanks for reading all our latest news. If you have any questions please e-mail me (Leslie Bee) at:
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MP3 Compression

Maximum PC has an interesting article about the quality of compressed MP3s. While not totally scientific, the results nonetheless indicate that a 160 Kbps VBR MP3 file is often indistinguishable from the original. If you have friends who are audio snobs, tell them to go read the article!