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Radio News (more headlines) 07-04-2014

New Radical.FM Android App Delivers 25 Million Songs Commercial-Free

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Radical.FM (www.Radical.FM), the ad-free music service that marries the interactive nature of the Internet with the programming expertise of the entire broadcast radio industry, announced the release of its Android app, offering users access to the world's most accurate Personal Radio service. The app is free, commercial-free, and available for immediate download in the Google Play Store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fm.radical). An updated iOS app is also available (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/radicalfm/id666778251). A desktop service is in development.

"Tremendous effort has gone into making these powerful new apps faster and more intuitive," said CEO Tom McAlevey. "But unlike Beats, which offers nothing Spotify hasn't offered for years, or Amazon Prime Music, which is missing half the music iTunes has offered for a decade, Radical.FM offers a truly unique concept built on one of the world's most comprehensive music libraries."

Compared to Pandora, whose Music Genome project remains essentially unchanged over a decade, Radical.FM has been continuously refined by passionate music experts. Radical's 'mixer board' approach allows users to choose an unlimited number of their favorite music genres and assign them values relative to one another. This proven concept does not rely on complex computer algorithms, but on hand curation by dozens of industry professionals. Radical also allows users to add individual songs from its 25 million searchable tracks (versus Pandora's 1M randomly selected) guaranteeing that a user's favorite titles will appear on their stations.

A corporation with a conscience, Radical.FM compensates artists, composers, and labels for all the music streamed. But the company chooses to offer the ad-free service on a 'Pay What You Can' donation basis because Radical believes in a quality musical experience devoid of commercials even for the unemployed and working poor.

"It's a radical revenue model, and people wonder how we can pay music streaming's high royalties on a free app without commercials," continues McAlevey. "When I drove my dune-buggy across Africa, I was confronted by Arabic police, spear-wielding natives, and AK-47-toting militia. More often than not, they helped rather than hindered me, reminding me that if treated with respect, people tend to do the right thing. As users discover Radical's outstanding service, many of them will be proud to support it."

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