internet radio

Tim Bradshaw

It would be easy to glance at Samsung’s new Milk Music service and dismiss it as another copycat. The personalised internet radio service for Galaxy smartphone owners that launches in the US on Friday is, in essence, pretty similar to Pandora or Apple’s iTunes Radio, which launched last year.

But while maintaining feature parity is an important if unglamorous part of the hypercompetitive smartphone market, Milk does bring something new to Samsung Galaxy: great software design. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Photo: Pandora

Pandora has just appointed a veteran of Microsoft’s advertising technology business as its new chairman, president and chief executive.

Brian McAndrews left his role at Seattle’s Madrona Venture Group, once a seed investor in Amazon.com, to join the internet radio service as it braces for new competition from Apple’s iTunes Radio. He replaces Joe Kennedy, who is retiring after leading Pandora since 2004. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Einstein said it should speak peace unto nations, Goebbels made sure it spoke war, but radio had little say at all at Berlin’s International Radio Show (IFA) this past week.

3D TVs, smartphones, tablets and cameras dominated, but I was still able to track down some rare wireless specimens for the Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section. Read more

Chris Nuttall

The International Radio Show (IFA) in Berlin is a misnomer these days, considering it now bills itself as the world’s biggest consumer electronics show and is stuffed with 3D TVs, home appliances, digital cameras and computers.

Radios are an endangered species at a show they monopolised when it first opened in 1924 as the Great German Radio Exhibition. But there were still a handful on display as I found out researching my first Personal Technology column for Business Life. Details of the “best in show” after the jump. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Pure, the market leader in internet radios in the UK, has just announced its British invasion of the US will begin with the launch of three models on July 1.

The subsidiary of chipmaker Imagination Technologies, in which Apple and Intel have a combined 27 per cent stake, gave me the US version of its Evoke Flow model to try out and its performance and features suggest Pure can give established players Logitech, Roku, Livio and Grace a run for their money in America. Read more