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Spinner (website)

Spinner (website)
Subsidiary
Industry Media player
Fate Shut down, merged into Slacker
Founded United States
Defunct April 26, 2013 (2013-04-26)
Headquarters United States
Parent AOL
Website .com.spinnerwww

Spinner was a music and entertainment website.[1] It was founded as an Internet radio website during the late 1990s.[2] An AOL Music property, it was acquired by AOL on June 1, 1999, along with Nullsoft for $400 million.[3] Based in San Francisco, California, the website was the first Internet music service and was the largest by 2001, while offering promotional features from high profile recording artists.[4] In 2002, AOL combined Spinner with the former's Netscape portal to form Netscape Radio.[5] Spinner broadcast over 100 radio stations,[6] including Radio CMJ.[7]

In 2008, Spinner was revamped by AOL as a music website aimed at the "music aficionado".[8] The website offers exclusive interviews of recording artists,[9] streams of albums and live performances, and a free music download daily.[10]

Spinner, along with all AOL music sites, was abruptly shut down in April 2013.[11] The URLs to all former AOL music sites, including Spinner, were re-directed to aolradio.slacker.com starting in August 2013. Several AOL Music blogs, along with Comics Alliance, were sold to Townsquare Media in June 2013.[12]

References

  1. ^ Calhoun (2011), p. 102.
  2. ^ Forbes (2009), p. 159.
  3. ^ Alderman (2002), p. 97.
  4. ^ Khosrowpour (2006), p. 104.
  5. ^ Fries (2005), p. 110.
  6. ^ Axford (2004), p. 214.
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  11. ^ http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/1559947/updated-aol-music-spinner-shutting-down
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External links

  • Official website


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