Verizon Wireless and mSpot yesterday launched mSpot Radio, a cloud-based streaming music service for Verizon customers. The service includes branded talk and commercial-free music radio, personal radio, live local stations across the United States, and Clear Channel’s iheartradio.
“When it comes to radio access and music discovery on their phones, people demand variety,” said Ed Ruth, director of business development and partner management at Verizon Wireless, in a statement.
MSpot Radio is available on more than 60 3G Multimedia and Simple Feature phones from Verizon Wireless that use Qualcomm’s Brew platform. The application allows customers to browse content, access recently played stations, and bookmark favorite stations.
In addition, the Personal Radio function allows customers to create their own stations with music from their favorite artists. Within Personal Radio, customers can skip, ban or heart stations to further customize their stations. Users can also download songs that are available as full songs, ringtones and ringback tones straight to their handsets.
MSpot Radio offers more than 70 genre stations that include pop, urban, R&B, hip-hop and Latin, as well as more than 440 local radio stations from major markets, including Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and Austin, Texas. Stations are updated weekly to feature new releases and hits. In addition, the Ten Spot station, a mSpot exclusive, features the music of different new artists each week. mSpot content partners include ABC, FOX Sports, NPR, Disney, SportingNews, MarketWatch, PRI, Rooftop Comedy, and The Onion Radio News.