SOURCE: Handcast Media

September 08, 2010 10:58 ET

Spark Radio App Now Delivers iOS4 Compatibility, Full Multitasking, and Massive Selection of 24,000 Global Radio Stations

"Spark Radio Lite" Now Available; Full Version Priced at Only $1.99 for a Limited Time

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - September 8, 2010) -  Handcast Media Labs, LLC. (www.handcastmedia.com), developer of interactive graphic applications for the iPhone, has joined Apple's iOS4 revolution by releasing an update to its Spark Radio application, along with a free version, Spark Radio Lite. Recently ranked on the iTunes "What's Hot" list, the application is the premier streaming radio tuner for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The updated Spark Radio app is compatible with iOS4 and provides access to more than 24,000 terrestrial and Internet-only stations worldwide, an increase of more than 14,000 stations from the previous release. With the update, Spark Radio can now stream audio in the background while users check email, send text messages, browse the web, or run other iPhone or iPad applications.

The full version of Spark Radio, which is ranked among iTunes' Top 100 Paid iPhone Music Apps, is now available for purchase in the iTunes App Store for $1.99, for a limited time. Also available is Spark Radio Lite, which offers access to 300-plus music stations from around the world for people who want to try the app before they buy it.

The full version of Spark Radio:

  • Works with Wi-Fi, 3G or Edge networks
  • Lets users create their own directory of favorite stations for quick access
  • Allows users to view recently played songs
  • Provides extensive station information including ratings & reviews
  • Lets users add their own stations if they don't find them in the directory (MP3 & AAC streams only)

"Multitasking was our most requested feature and, thanks to the new OS, it's now possible to go beyond browsing while listening," said Terry Anderson, President of Handcast Media Labs. "Also, with the new high-res Apple Retina display, Spark's visualizers are even more stunning, providing sharper, brighter and more refined graphics. Our users are going to love the eye-popping graphics and the expanded selection of great radio programming."

Spark Radio creates the ultimate radio enjoyment on the iPad and iPhone. The app incorporates a number of community features to make radio-listening more fun. Users can create a profile and see what other Spark Radio users are listening to at any given moment using an interactive Globe Navigator. They can find other listeners' favorite stations, share their own, and rate stations, as well as see who else is listening to any station in the directory.

In future releases, the Spark Radio app will allow users to import their own graphics or photos to customize the visualizers, chat with other users who share their taste in radio programming, and use an alarm clock and sleep timer.

Availability
Spark Radio is available in the iTunes App Store for $1.99 for a limited time, by visiting http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spark-radio/id351471534?mt=8. To download Spark Radio Lite for free visit http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spark-radio-lite/id384143406?mt=8.

About Handcast Media, Inc.
Handcast Media develops interactive graphics applications for Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, designed to entertain the senses. These applications empower users to explore their own creativity by meeting their "entertainment on the go" needs. Handcast Media's flagship application, Spark Radio, delivers the ultimate radio experience, complete with visually stunning graphics and social media capabilities. Handcast was founded in 2009 and is located in Minneapolis. You can also connect with Handcast on Twitter and Facebook.

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