AOL has been recognized with an Apple Design Award for the development of AOL Radio for iPhone. The AOL developed application was highlighted during the “iPhone Developer Showcase” portion of the annual awards ceremony last night at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco and won the award for “Best Entertainment Application”.
Built using Apple’s Beta iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK), the new application gives users immediate, free access to over 350 online radio stations, including 150 local CBS RADIO stations and custom channels plus more than 200 AOL Radio channels. The AOL Radio iPhone application will be available as a free download with the launch of Apple’s App Store.
“We’re thrilled to be recognized by Apple for the work that has gone into AOL Radio for the iPhone,” said Kevin Conroy, Executive Vice President, AOL. “The API’s available in the iPhone SDK provided us with all the tools necessary to quickly create a terrific version of AOL Radio for the iPhone OS and we’re looking forward to adding streaming radio to the many great experiences available to iPhone users.”
AOL Radio gives iPhone users immediate, free access to hundreds of best in breed stations including over 200 stations spanning 25 genres of music and an extensive collection of popular CBS RADIO programming, including WFAN-AM and 1010 WINS in New York, KLSX and KROQ in Los Angeles, WXRT in Chicago, and WVEE in Atlanta. In addition, AOL Radio’s 200-plus stations span 25 musical genres, including Awesome 80’s, Fresh 100, and Classic Rock.
AOL Radio for iPhone leverages iPhone’s Core Location framework to detect a user’s location and automatically display CBS RADIO stations nearest to the user. Additionally, AOL Radio for iPhone automatically adapts to the current connection speed of the device providing low-bandwidth streams when on a cellular network versus higher quality audio for WiFi connections.
The award represents a significant milestone in AOL’s efforts to “get back to the Mac.” Over the past year, AOL reinvested in the Mac platform, creating new mobile and desktop experiences for the iPhone, iPod Touch and Macintosh computer. Using Apple’s tools and SDKs, as well as working closely with Apple’s design and development teams, AOL has launched a series of new applications including AOL Mobile Search, an optimized AOL.com portal and AOL Desktop for Mac.