Internet radio listeners were given another black eye by the music industry.
At approx. 9:30pm eastern daylight time (-4 GMT) on Friday night, Internet radio network TuneIn dropped all stations from Belgium-based, Radionomy. This was a direct result of the lawsuit between Radionomy and Sony Music. In March, Sony had filed suit against Radionomy in US District Court in San Francisco for alledged non-payment of music royalties. For the last couple of weeks, TuneIn had been sending take down notices on behalf of Sony to individual radio stations along Radionomy’s network. Sony’s strong armed tactics on TuneIn was enough for them to act on today’s actions.
Listeners can still access Radionomy stations on TuneIn manually, by adding the custom URL of the radio station on their accounts. However, they won’t be able to access the stream on a search, as they will be forwarded to a similar station in TuneIn’s catalog. It is uncertain whether all stations will be restored on TuneIn’s directories.
To access our radio station stream on TuneIn or any other listening device, simply copy and paste the following address into the Custom URL section. http://listen.radionomy.com/smoothjazzandmore
In the meantime, a new radio app is currently in development for Smooth Jazz and More listeners. Nobex Partners is developing one for iOS, Android and Blackberry users and the station hopes to have one ready sometime next month.