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AOL launches broadband radio, powered by Ultravox

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 18 Nov 2002 14:08

AOL launched today its latest multimedia service, called Broadband Radio@AOL, which as its name suggests, provides high-quality net radio to AOL's broadband users.
The launch itself, which aims to boost AOL's broadband userbase, is not as important as the technology that the service uses. AOL has been in the past one of the biggest customers of RealNetworks and continues to use Real's servers to deliver its narrowband Radio@AOL service and various other multimedia products. But the new service uses technology that has been dubbed as Ultravox and has been developed by AOL's own programmers, including the humble guys of Nullsoft (developers of WinAMP and ShoutCast). According to industry rumours, the Ultravox technology offers massive increase in number of streams it can deliver from one server compared to any other commercial product.

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