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Fred Jacobs is President of Jacobs Media, a media research and consulting firm. Jacobs Media clients have included CBS Radio, Premiere Radio Networks, Citadel, Greater Media, MTV Networks, Playboy, Amazon, Electronic Arts, NPR, Sylvan Learning Centers, and Taubman Malls. Learn more about the company here.


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Dan Kelley

Great piece Fred. The lack of journalistic standards, especially with follow-up and attribution appearing to disappear as electronic publications try to not only top one another, but Twitter-land also.

Dan Kelley

Great piece Fred. The lack of journalistic standards is disturbing and sad, especially with the lack of follow-up and attribution as electronic publications try to not only top one another, but Twitter-land also.


Thanks for the comment, Dan. Our company has enjoyed some of the benefits of sending out a release and simply having it reprinted. But a call for background and a little research would be welcome. What we're gaining in speed we're losing in accuracy - and ultimately, credibility.


Great summary Fred. Another point was how quickly these tech sites disseminated the info. One could deduct that they would be delighted by old media getting shunned, however I barely saw any associated comments.
Instead, I saw a passion that still exists (actually it has never left) for our business. We make remarkable radio content, and just the fact it was newsworthy in the blogosphere should make us smile.


Thanks, Mike. You bring up good points. It was indeed interesting to watch the debate and read comments that included radio right in the middle of the ring. All of these dust-ups lead to interesting POVs. If you hate/love Apple, you have a dog in the race. If you hate/love radio, there is passion on both sides.

And as we have been saying from Day One - with 5 million+ downloads to back us up - consumers love radio apps, especially ones that have rich assets, fun features, and reflect the essence of each station's unique brand and their local markets. Appreciate you taking the time.

Kerry Brewer

We at Securenet Systems can in fact confirm via conversation with Apple reps on December 1st, that they are requiring each station to sign up as a developer, and then upload their single function app. There is a control factor, as well as the issue of collecting the $99 annual developer fee from thousands of stations, as opposed to a handful of developers that are building most of the radio apps.

Apple is not coming straight out in the media and blogs, but one read of their user's policy tells how they feel about single-function close apps.

Every developer will find out for themselves eventually, but they ARE NOT approving single-function streaming apps for radio from third-party developers. period.

Paul Jacobs

As of this morning, we continue to have our apps for single radio stations approved by Apple. While it's clear that they are paying attention to the space, we an just judge them on their actions and their statements. If this changes, we'll inform our clients and make the necessary adjustments, but for right now, it's business as usual and we continue to create custom apps for radio stations.

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