Who would have thought that AOL would ever enter the radio world? There are those out there who probably thought AOL was a thing of the past. With that being said, AOL has partnered up with a digital media/music startup Slacker Radio. Together Slacker Radio and AOL will introduce and launch this new service this summer, and will require a subscription for users. Slacker Radio currently has a free service available, and this is the format to which the new program with AOL will be based on.
Much like our local radio station sites, and web radio sites like Pandora; you will be able the customize your radio stations, save your favorite media/music, read reviews on the albums and artists, retrieve information on a specific artist or composer, and even pass over as many as six songs within a hour period for each station. There is a huge market out there for online radio, but it seems that media moguls are producing services faster than you can blink. What sets the services apart from one another are the fees and or subscriptions the user will have to pay.
AOL’s new radio service will offer two subscription choices, which will determine your options. The “AOL Radio Plus” service will allow the user to skip as many songs as they like and will remove the advertising for $3.99 a month. The “Slacker Premium” service will allow the user to select and play any song from the music library whenever they want for $9.99 a month. Napster was a paid music service that once belonged to AOL, but sold in 2007.
In time AOL plans to develop and launch a service that will be compatible with iPhone apps, iPads and Androids. Don’t forget that AOL has a current radio app (AOL Radio) that is used by millions of listeners that stream about 30 million hours of music according to AOL Music chief Jeff Bronikowski. So if you decide to be a new user of AOL’s new radio service, make sure to program you favorite local stations, artists and media so you can follow what’s burning up the airwaves in Sacramento.