SOURCE: Abacast Inc.

Abacast Inc.

February 07, 2013 05:00 ET

Abacast Announces Song Skipping in Live Radio Streams, Satisfying 80 Years of Consumer Desire

Abacast's Skip Feature Enables Listeners to Skip Songs When Listening to Live Radio Stations Online; Federated Media to Partner With Abacast in Beta Release

VANCOUVER, WA--(Marketwire - Feb 7, 2013) - Abacast, a leading provider of digital radio streaming and monetization software and services, announces song skipping in live radio streams, bringing to market a feature that radio audiences have desired since the dawn of radio.

Abacast's patent pending song-skipping technology, code-named "Hammer", enables listeners to skip songs that they don't want to hear when listening to live radio stations online.

"If someone wants to skip a song when listening to live radio, up until now they would simply switch to a different station," said Jim Kott, Senior VP of Products and Marketing. "Abacast's live stream song skipping technology lengthens listening times and should grow audiences on stations that utilize it. Abacast plans to release detailed metrics regarding average listening time and audience growth shortly after the skip feature is released in Q2 2013."

Live stream song skipping works on top of Abacast's patent pending Cloud Insertion and Personalized Live Radio technologies. When a listener chooses to skip a song that is currently being played, another song from the station's playlist will be played immediately and in its entirety for that listener. Hammer's individualized buffering and insertion functionality ensures that the rest of the stream, including songs, DJ's, and commercials, is played seamlessly and in its entirety as well.

Unique advertising opportunities will be available due to the listener being engaged with the player when choosing to skip songs.

"We are excited to participate in the beta release of live stream song skipping," said James Derby, Chief Strategy Officer at Federated Media. "With consumers having more choices than ever today, we feel that song skipping will differentiate us from our competitors and more importantly provide our customers and clients a better listening experience."

About Abacast (http://www.abacast.com)
Abacast is a leading provider of streaming, advertising, and audience analytics services for the digital radio industry. Abacast's software and services drive advertising revenue, build listener loyalty, grow audiences, and deliver top-quality user experiences. Abacast was founded in 2000 and currently serves over 200 customers and over 1,000 stations.

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