Pandora, CBSRadio, AccuRadio Release Early iPad Apps

If you spent the weekend in a cave you might be unaware that Apple’s new iPad hit stores on saturday and sold 700k units on day one. Some Internet radio stations got a jump on releasing their iPad streaming apps.

AccuRadio announced the release of their new app on friday afternoon, before the device even hit the stores. At the time of the AccuRadio app’s debut in the iTunes App Store on Friday afternoon, AccuRadio was one of only three U.S. webcasters that had music-focused, iPad-optimized apps available in the store, the others being Pandora and CBS.

“AccuRadio is designed for mainstream adults who don’t have the time or patience to spend a lot of time building their own radio channels,” AccuRadio Founder Kurt Hanson explained. “Consumers using AccuRadio can launch a great-sounding channel of music with just a couple of clicks of a mouse – or, in the case of the iPad, taps of their finger — and then have the optionof personalization.”

Meanwhile, CBS Interactive Music Group announced a new app called The Radio.com which provides access to CBS RADIO’s over the air, HD multicast and digital only stations, along with more than 400 stations from leading online radio providers, including 150 plus from Yahoo! Music. Features of the app include Last.fm’s “scrobbling” technology which enables listeners to personalize and share their song preferences and playlists.

Pandora’s CTO Tom Conrad describes Pandora’s iPad app as magical. In his blog post Conrad says “just tap the Pandora icon and let the music play while you read about the bands and music you discover. Pass it back and forth with a friend and share your discoveries. My hope is that it can play the same role that the album cover did when I was a kid…”

Kudos to these three Internet radio platforms for getting out in front with great apps that will feature Internet radio on the new iPad. It’s a great way for them to showcase their platforms and reach a new, highly engaged group of listeners. Along the way, they’re growing Internet radio’s audience as well…

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