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iHeartRadio is coming to Mexico

iHeartMedia announced today that its streaming radio app iHeartRadio is coming to Mexico. In fact, a beta version of the app is already live, with plans for an official launch on November 3.
As part of this launch, the company is partnering with Mexican broadcaster Grupo ACIR, which owns the Amor, Mix and La Comadre radio brands. iHeartRadio México will include all 56 Grupo ACIR and 850 iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations.
The app will also offer digital-only stations from both companies, as well as English- and Spanish-language podcasts. (iHeartMedia is getting more serious about podcasts, as indicated by its recent acquisition of the parent company behind HowStuffWorks.)
The launch is timed to coincide with iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina in Miami, and the broadcasters are promoting the partnership with a contest for one Grupo ACIR listener to win a VIP trip to the event.
“This partnership will allow us to better connect with our audience by delivering an incredible free music listening experience and providing amazing technology to our users and partners,” said Grupo ACIR CEO Antonio Ibarra in the announcement.
At launch, the app won’t include some of iHeartRadio’s other features, like on-demand music streaming. Chief Product Officer Chris Williams said this follows the roadmap the company used when launching in markets like Australia, Canada and New Zealand — it starts out with live radio and podcasts, because negotiating for international streaming rights takes time.
“It’s faster for me to develop and release the app, get it out there and get adoption, establish what we are and who we are,” Williams said. “Then we can get the rights and add the functionality.”

iHeartRadio is coming to Mexico

After Ditching Auctions, Mobile Marketplace EggDrop Hits Half A Million Downloads


EggDrop, essentially a mobile app alternative to Craigslist, is starting to pick up steam. The company now boasts half a million downloads of its app on iOS and Android, with $8 million in listings from across the 50 U.S. states and the U.K. (EggDrop’s top two markets).

The app originally launched last June, backed by $1 million in funding in a round led by BlueRun Ventures and SV Angel. But that first experience doesn’t look much like EggDrop today. In November, the company rolled out a major update (ver. 2.0) which completely replaced the auction format found in the original with more traditional marketplace-style listings. Since then, over 5,000 items have been sold within the app, including electronics, games, furniture, and even grand pianos and wedding dresses.

With the first version of EggDrop, the idea was to introduce a somewhat unique pricing model – the “falling price” auction. Instead of setting a price for an item, the seller would enter both a minimum and maximum price. Over 72 hours, the price would gradually fall if there were no takers.

As it turned out, that system didn’t prove to be a hit with users.

“Sellers tend to be very protective of their minimum price,” explains co-founder Dan Zheng as to why the original model didn’t really take off. “When people put down the price range they always think back to what they paid for it, rather than what the fair market value is.”

Now, sellers just create a normal listing with whatever price they want, and leave it up indefinitely, if they choose. In fact, the setting to automatically re-list the item after 7 days is switched on by default, so, unlike with Craigslist, sellers don’t have to continually return to create a new posting. However, if the item is of a time-sensitive nature – like concert tickets, for example – users can configure the item to expire.

Currently, EggDrop is proving popular in major metro areas in the U.S., starting with L.A. and followed by (in order) New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, D.C., Detroit and Denver. Outside the U.S., there’s been some adoption in London, Manchester and Birmingham, U.K. and even a bit of uptake in other regions like Australia, Canada, Argentina and Spain. This, despite the fact that the company hasn’t made any efforts at localization, only a bit of translation work to support Spanish.

Zheng doesn’t have exact numbers on how much of the user base are in these top U.S. metro areas, but if he had to guess, it would be over half the app’s users. He also notes that roughly a quarter of the users (25%-30%) are either moms or students, looking to clean out closets or save a few extra dollars.

Interestingly, one of EggDrop’s key selling points – its ability to cross-post listings to Craigslist – hasn’t had a major impact on the app’s adoption. It’s a very small percentage of users that discover the app that way, something in the “single digits,” says Zheng. Instead, users are finding the app through old-fashioned means: word-of-mouth, app store searches, and, for a week earlier this year, through a “featured” listing on the Google Android Market…Google Play store.

While all the above numbers refer to organic listings created by EggDrop users, at any given time, 5% of the listings are from external, third-party sources, namely Craigslist. Zheng says the team is careful not to include too many of these.

“I’m pretty mindful of the balance between organic listings and third-party listings because the experience is slightly different. I really don’t want to confuse users,” he says.

Over the past few weeks, the company has added a couple of notable features to the app: a built-in anonymous messaging feature that allows buyers and sellers to communicate in real-time without having to share mobile phone numbers, as well as a new section for “Wanted” listings. With the latter, the idea is that EggDrop will be able to match buyers and sellers based on description, price and location.

While originally, the company looked like a modernized take on what Craigslist could be if built in the mobile era, recent events have put the app in closer competition with other newcomers like Zaarly, for example. Up until earlier this month, one of Zaarly’s biggest differentiating features (besides its primary focus on tasks, not goods), was the anonymity of its users. But Zaarly’s revamped reputation system now lets buyers and sellers know exactly who each other are. EggDrop, meanwhile, takes a more middle-of-the-road approach, using badges and “karma scores” to rate transactions, while keeping some aspects of buyer/seller communication anonymous.

Note, too, that Zaarly claims to have 300,000 “semi-regular” users – that’s a different measurement than EggDrop’s 500,000 downloads, to be clear. However, while Zheng says that they don’t have an exact user count, they’re definitely in the “hundreds of thousands” along this metric, too. (And some of them only use EggDrop online through via website.)

Now with five engineers on board, including Zheng and co-founder Brian Lynch, the team at EggDrop is working to roll out an iPad-optimized version of the mobile marketplace. No ETA on that just yet. In the meantime, you can download the EggDrop mobile app here.

After Ditching Auctions, Mobile Marketplace EggDrop Hits Half A Million Downloads

NetZero Launches WiMAX Mobile Broadband Product in 80 Cities

NetZero Wireless, a subsidiary of United Online, today announced the launch of NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband in over 80 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Miami. The service is based on WiMAX

NetZero Launches WiMAX Mobile Broadband Product in 80 Cities

Study: iPhone Resale Value 63% After One Year, Android 46%

Phone Depreciation Over Time Done

All smartphones do not depreciate equally. 18 months after purchase, iPhones can be sold for 53% of their original price, while Androids can only be sold for 42% and BlackBerries for 41% on average according to a study by Y Combinator second-hand price guide startup Priceonomics.

That frown on Android fanboy faces gets even larger the quicker they try to resell. 12 months after purchase, iPhones can pull in 63% of their day 1 manufacturer suggested retail price, compared to 46% for Android. Early adopters who must have the latest model would do well to stick with Apple. 6 months after purchase iPhones claim 89% of their original MSRP, while Androids fall to just 66%.

Priceonomics says “We examined all iPhone models and the 70 most popular Androids and 30 most popular BlackBerry models. iPhone is wiping the floor with Android and BlackBerry in terms of resale value.” This study doesn’t take into account the high, off-contract price of iPhones or the economical options for Android buyers. It’s based on hardware alone, doesn’t compare carrier charges, and may be skewed towards American resale values due to the location of Pricenomics’ user base.

The numbers indicate enduring confidence in Apple hardware, and that a liquid iPhone resale market could make the device a wiser purchase. Carriers, on the other hand, aren’t doing so well selling the iPhone. Verizon, AT&T, and especially Sprint are seeing profits shaved down by subsidizing iPhone purchases, CNN Money repots.

Some other interesting findings include that paying for extra memory hardly enhances resale value, breaking your contract and paying the termination fee is cheaper than buying off-contract, and pre-paid Android phones are cheap and hold their value quite well compared to contracted Androids. The lower resale value may make some Android models more expensive to own per month.

Finally, Priceonomics composed some fanboy location indices showing where the highest volume of certain phones were being resold on its site. Long Island, New York, Miami, and New Jersey have the most BlackBerry resales , while Santa Barbara, Anchorage, Orange County, Boulder, and San Francisco see the most iPhones changing hands. Looks like the adages are true. Smug cities full of supposed cool kids love their Apple products, while bro’ed out popped collar-types are propping up RIM.

Study: iPhone Resale Value 63% After One Year, Android 46%

Kinek Goes Mobile: Lets Online Shoppers Pick Up At Local Stores


Doing some online shopping but don’t want the package shipped to your house? Maybe you won’t be home, or worry about packages left on your doorstep. Or maybe the package is a gift for someone in your household? Here’s a cool idea: pick up your online orders at a local store instead. That’s the premise of the young startup called Kinek, which has partnered with a number of brick-and-mortar stores across the U.S. and Canada to serve as “KinekPoints” – secure locations where you can pick up your deliveries.

Now, the company is releasing its first iPhone application, allowing you to find nearby KinekPoints, check their hours, get directions, track packages and receive push notifications when the package has arrived.

For consumers, there’s no monthly or sign-up fee to use Kinek, but there’s sometimes a small per-package fee applied by the individual KinekPoint location. The high range for the fee isn’t too bad – usually around $5 for a regular-sized package. Some retailers don’t charge a fee at all, though, because they benefit from the foot traffic that comes from being a KinekPoint. However, all retailers have to pay to be a KinekPoint partner on a per-parcel basis.

Currently, Kinek has partnered with brick-and-mortar retailers including MedfastStorage-mart, Pharmasave, and DoItBest (the latter two in select locations only, not the entire chain). It has also partnered with online retailers Sierra Trading Post and Monoprice to provide online shoppers with an alternative shipping address when the company doesn’t ship to their home.

The company now has over a thousand locations across 42 U.S. states and nearly all Canadian provinces. KinekPoints are most popular in major metro areas like San Francisco (73), Los Angeles (59), Chicago (32), San Diego (30), Kansas City (28), Atlanta (27), Miami (27), Toronto (24), Dallas (23), Washington D.C. (23), New York (22), Philadelphia (14),  Seattle (13), Orlando (12) and Montreal (10). But it has really taken off in rural areas along the U.S./Canadian border, as it offers Canadians a way to avoid international shipping and handling fees. They just have the package sent to their favorite KinekPoint address, then drive across the border to pick it up.

The iPhone app serves as a great complement to this handy service, especially because it provides mobile access to package tracking and push notifications. You can choose to have messages sent to you via SMS and email, too, if you prefer.

Kinek launched in December 2009, and was started by CEO Dr. Kerry McLellan, Ph.D., who is also CEO of Applepeak Inc. and owner of Clean Earth Ltd. He previously was COO of 724 solutions from 1998-2000. Kinek is personally funded by McLellan, but is in talks with investors at this time.

The idea for the startup clearly has merit – after all, Amazon is doing the same thing. The Internet retailer has been testing a “delivery locker” system at select 7-Eleven stores in the U.S. in recent months where the convenience store serves as sort of a 24/7 post office for Amazon order pick-ups.

You can grab the new Kinek for iPhone here.

Kinek Goes Mobile: Lets Online Shoppers Pick Up At Local Stores