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James Cridland Explains How Stations Can Use RadioDNS
Feb 20, 2014 - In a blog entry, James Cridland (a founder of RadioDNS) explains the process by which a radio station can take advantage of the RadioDNS system. Why is this important? Because today, RadioDNS announced that Samsung (the number one smartphone manufacturer by volume) will now sell three of its smartphone models integrated with RadioDNS as a standard feature. It would seem to be a good time for forward-thinking radio stations to start taking advantage of this technology.
From Cridland's blog, the steps are:
■ The link between the app and a radio station is handled by RadioDNS. It uses information already present in the broadcast signal, like the FM RDS information. Ensure the station is listed in the RadioDNS system. Radio station engineers and the IT team should work together and contact the RadioDNS team. Here are the steps..
■ The visual information is done by a service called RadioVIS. These are images directly from the radio station. If the station website is run by someone like G-Media, it is probably already producing the visuals for the station. If not, there are other third-party companies who can help; or a station can do it on its own with Stomp or Comet.
■ The switching between FM and Internet is done by a service called RadioEPG. This is an XML document that is hosted on the station website; very similar to the EPG standard for DAB and DRM. There's documentation online, and the RadioDNS project team can help.
Cridland also points out that listings in the RadioDNS system are currently free, and that it's free to produce visual elements if you host them yourself. You can also pay a service to do that for you. It's free to produce the RadioEPG document needed, or you can pay someone to do it.
Regarding the use of RadioDNS on other receivers aside from Samsung phones: "RadioVIS is on the Pure Sensia, the Revo Axis, and a few other radio receivers. Because of the lack of a standard API into the FM tuner on Android, there's no easy way to add this to other phones. Some earlier Samsung Galaxy phones will work with FM TwoO, a more technical radio tuner intended for testing. Or, if you just want to see what the RadioVIS services look like, use the RadioVIS Demo, a nice debug tool. RadioVIS also works with the NextRadio app for some US phones."
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