AOL’s Music Programming team finally ‘gets it,’ with their newest incarnation of online streaming radio. Apple recently awarded AOL an Apple Design Award in the Entertainment category for upcoming applications.
The AOL Radio application has a very sleek (some might even go over the top and say it’s sexy) interface and it should lead to very short learning curve for novice users. Here is what it looks like:
My restraint against owning an iPhone 3G is weakening. Must. Get. Help.
Now many might raise doubt, “AOL winning a design award?” I have faith that the company is striving to provide positive user experiences and with their latest redesign of the AOL Radio application and embracing anonymous non-authenticated sessions; they can confidently maintain the lead as the Internet’s #1 streaming radio station. If the rest of the company emulates what their Music Programming team is doing now, the company could make a comeback with Internet users.
I have a suggestion to the overlords at AOL: Make a new codenamed project named, “Phoenix,” to invigorate quality and exceptional consumer experiences. (For the uninitiated, a Phoenix is that bird who rose from the ashes to a newer, younger and powerful bird.)
Trust me, Apple’s expectations are very high, AOL eventually had to jump over it to get their accolades. You can read the full press release is here.
[Image Credits: AOL Sponsored Beer on Flickr; AOL Radio Screenshot provided by AOL Corporate Communications]