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Metamorphosis of a Streaming Service

My life swings between insane adventures and intense business undertakings like a Hollywood movie. After riding a motorcycle around the world, I founded Sweden’s biggest rock radio station, Bandit. After years traversing Africa by beach-buggy, I threw myself back into the thick of Western business to start Radical. But a music/tech startup and a drive across Africa have more in common than one might guess. Both are challenging, costly, require 100% commitment, are often more lonely than glamorous, and both require the ability to change course or die (literally in Africa, financially in business) when a better path presents itself. Continue Reading…

Radical.FM Launches World’s Most Comprehensive Music Delivery Service

Industry Pioneer Creates First Service Combining Curated Radio, On-Demand Streaming, Personal Broadcasting

STOCKHOLM, November 20, 2012 – Radical.FM, the brainchild of Thomas McAlevey,  pioneer of internet radio and creator of streaming playlists with Tomsradio.com, today announced the Swedish launch of the most comprehensive music delivery service in the world. Radical.FM combines a full-featured personal broadcasting service (TALK and RadCasting for deejays and Talk Show hosts) with curated radio (like Pandora), on-demand playlists (like Spotify) and a powerful distribution channel for indie artists. The innovative service provides users with a cutting-edge audio content delivery platform and a radically integrated music streaming experience. The full service, including unlimited on-demand streaming with music from all major recording labels and independent artists, is now live, free, and ad-free to all users in Sweden.

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Radical.FM lanserar världens mest kompletta musikplattform

Branschpionjär skapar den första tjänsten någonsin som kombinerar skräddarsydd radio, on-demand streaming och personlig broadcasting.

STOCKHOLM, den 20:e november, 2012 – Radical.FM, radiopionjären Thomas McAleveys nya storprojekt, tillkännager idag den svenska lanseringen av världens mest kompletta musikplattform. Radical.FM kombinerar en fullt personlig broadcasting-tjänst (”TALK” och ”RadCasting”, för exempelvis dj:s och programledare) med en nätradiotjänst (som Pandora), on-demand-spellistor (som Spotify), och en kraftfull distributionskanal för oberoende musiker. Hela tjänsten, inklusive on-demand streaming genom avtal med IFPI, är nu live, gratis och reklamfri för alla svenska användare. Radical.FM finns också tillgängligt i andra länder, med oberoende musik, RadCasting och TALK – men utan musik från skivbolagen. Under kommande månader läggs skivbolagsmusik till även i den globala tjänsten.

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Bandit is Back!

I love life despite having lost my mother as a boy and my arm as a young man. My world is one of exotic travel, high adventure, and challenging projects. Still, some events stand out more than others, like riding a motorcycle around the world in the 80s, starting Bandit 105.5, The Rock Home of Stockholm in the 90s, and driving a beach buggy through Africa just recently.

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Critical Mass

Note: This blog was written when Radical was developing two sister services, Radical.FM (for label music) and Radical Indie (for independent artists). These services have since been blended into one comprehensive service. We encourage all indie artists to upload their tracks to Radical Indie.

Critical mass is the smallest amount of fissile material that can sustain a nuclear chain reaction, in the case of weapons grade Uranium about 52 kg. In other words, with 100 pounds of U235 you can’t blow your nose, but with 130 pounds you’ve got an atomic bomb; that’s critical mass!

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