Most Parents I know are concerned about what their kids listen to on the radio. So, when I hear about a new radio station just for kids, I turn my ear to hear what is being played on the station. I then determine if it is kids’ safe, and if my daughter would want to listen to the station. This week I am listening to the first-ever kids unlimited streaming music service called imbeeRadio, a personalized and safe listening experience for young users. So far, it sounds pretty good. But, will it catch on?
You might be familiar with imbee, the kids’ social network that calls itself a mash up of the best of the web. The web site includes video and photo uploads, real time chats, playlist sharing, original web series, pop culture news and games. The site promotes “All in a safe environment that is all about kids, all the time.”
imbeeRadio is an offshoot of imbee. With a music library of over 8 million songs to choose from, users can listen to artists such as Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, Willow Smith and many, many more. Users create their own station according to their personal music tastes. Kids can then share that station with their friends on imbee, listen to that station on multiple devices and stream an unlimited number of songs.
Imbee is aiming to be the Pandora for kids as well as the Facebook alternative for kids 8-14. Kids definitely need an alternative to Facebook, and imbee might be the answer.
“imbee strives to set the standard as it relates to safe social media that understands the dynamic interests of kids. They are the major consumers of music and we need to give them access to all of the music they want in a way that fits their lifestyle,” said imbee CEO Alan Anderson.
The kids’ only platform offers genres like Hip Hop, Country, Alternative and the latest soundtracks from movies and hit shows. They can listen to the music they want and when they want it. However, I think some Hip Hop is a little mature for kids.
“imbeeRadio is a great opportunity for us to deliver a valuable experience to our users while giving parents the peace of mind they deserve,” adds Anderson.
As a customized platform that is specifically built with kids in mind, all music is free of profanity and is legally cleared for use by imbee users. So, there is no need for parental concern about what their kids are listening to or how they are getting their music.
Now, there is a monthly fee of $4.99 which makes me wonder if it will catch on at all. This fee allows kids to stream an unlimited number of songs to their personalized station that lives on their page at imbee. Personally, I am not too excited about the monthly fee, but I will keep tabs on this new platform and report back to you with a follow up.