Tech Analyst Jeff Kagan on Sprint Putting NextRadio FM Radio on Phones
August 16, 2013 --
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 16, 2013
Sprint Nextel has agreed to carry the NextRadio app on some of their wireless devices as a test, letting users receive live FM radio stations, according to the trade magazine news site MediaPost.com, Aug 15.
Industry analyst Jeff Kagan offers comment.
This has been a story that has been bubbling behind the scenes for years. NextRadio sees the growing number of wireless smartphones as a huge opportunity. They have been trying to crack the code on this for years. This is an important step for them, says Principal analyst Jeff Kagan.
Radio broadcasters have been trying to get a radio chip installed in wireless devices so users could listen to FM radio, over the air, not an app, for years. Now it may be happening. Sprint announced it will install the NextRadio app on some of their wireless devices, says Kagan.
The National Association of Broadcasters and Emmis Communictaions is a key driver behind this success. Added to the local radio station broadcast audio, NextRadio also provides service from a cloud service that lets radio stations upload their call letters, brand information and so on, says Kagan.
There are already a variety of similar apps available including Pandora, TuneIn Radio, Clear Channel I Heart Radio, Radio.com and others. However these are apps, which use the wireless network. They do not receive local radio stations over the air, like a radio.
NextRadio app seems to be different. It does both. It lets users listen to live radio over the airwaves and it lets them listen to distant stations over the wireless network through an app. The question is simple. Is there a market for this with all the competition already in the app market? Weather NextRadio is successful depends on whether they can capture enough users to make it viable. This lets users listen to live radio without using wireless minutes. Well have to see if this is successful, says Kagan.
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