Looks like there will be smiles over at AOL Radio this holiday season. They have just announced that they have upgraded their offerings and can now offer CD-quality radio streams. This is something music lovers have been waiting for — at least, I know that I have.
AOL Radio’s catalogue of stations is huge — 150 local CBS stations, 250+ AOL stations, and over 400 online radio stations all told — which means a lot of music coming through crystal clear. This is especially good news for listeners like myself who tune in while on the go via smartphone.
The AOL Radio app was one of the first apps offered when the iTunes store debuted, and has continued to stay ahead of the pack through the intervening 6 million downloads since. A consistent industry leader, it has been awarded the 2008 Apple Design Award for the Best Entertainment Application, named one of the iTunes Best of 2008 Top Free Music Apps, and making the list on Gizmodo’s 50 Essential iPhone Apps.
From the press release:
“In developing the AOL Radio App, we listened to our consumer’s feedback and created an application that would engage them in a way they couldn’t find anywhere else,” said Lisa Namerow, general manager, AOL Radio, SHOUTcast and Winamp. “Our partnership with CBS Radio has allowed AOL Radio to continue to grow, and having more than 6 million downloads and counting is further proof that AOL Radio continues to innovate in the Internet radio space. We are thrilled it’s being so well received by consumers and is a testament that the hard work of the AOL Radio and Mobile teams is really paying off.”
With a massive user-base already in place, this offering of superior quality audio should not only thrill existing users but will also attract many new ones. Since their partnership with CBS Radio was announced, the folks at AOL Radio have been consistently at the forefront of radio’s digital evolution, a trend that continues with this most recent announcement.
Image: AOL Radio logo courtesy of AOL