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Type of businessPrivate
Available inFrench (primary)
FoundedJanuary 2008 (2008-01) in Brussels, Belgium
HeadquartersAmsterdam, Netherlands
Area servedWorldwide
OwnerTargetspot (majority stake),[1] Union Square Ventures (minority stake)
  • Alexandre Saboundjian
  • Yves Baudechon
  • Gilles Bindels
  • Cedric van Kan
Key peopleAlexandre Saboundjian (Founder and CEO)
Jef Mauguit (CTO)
Thierry Ascarez (VP of Business Development)
ServicesInternet Radio
AdvertisingBanner ads, Audio ads
RegistrationFree (required to save stations)
LaunchedApril 2008
Current statusClosed, January 2020

Radionomy was an online platform that provided tools for operating online radio stations. It was part of Radionomy Group, a company which later acquired the online streaming platform SHOUTcast from Nullsoft, and eventually consolidated Radionomy into its SHOUTcast service.


Radionomy, a portmanteau of "radio" and "autonomy," is a platform that facilitates user-driven creation and consumption of online radio content. Through the Radionomy Musical Platform (RMO), users possess the autonomy to curate and program their online radio stations, incorporating elements such as music, commentary, and radio jingles. The platform empowers users to contribute original audio content, including musical compositions and jingles, and offers the capability for live broadcasts.[2]

To ensure compliance with copyright regulations, Radionomy secures licensing from SABAM, enabling the legal use of music content. The platform sustains its operations and fulfills royalty obligations by incorporating advertising into broadcasts, limited to a maximum of four minutes per hour. This advertising model serves as a primary revenue source, supporting the platform's commitment to facilitating user-created online radio experiences while adhering to legal and financial considerations.[citation needed]


Radionomy was founded in September 2007 by four Belgian entrepreneurs: Alexandre Saboundjian Gilles Bindels, Cedric van Kan and Yves Baudechon.[3]


  • 17 January – Radionomy held a press conference at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and announced the public launch of the planned business April 17, 2008.[4]
  • Late February – the alpha version of the Radio Manager is broadcast from a community of beta testers selected based on their radio project. This is the beginning of the beta test.[citation needed]
  • 17 April – the Radionomy site opens to the Belgian and French public, allowing visitors to listen to Internet radio stations created on the platform.[5]
  • 17 June – Radionomy has released its beta.[citation needed]


  • Unknown – after several beta waves, live function is incorporated into all web radios, whatever the creation date and the number of radio listeners.[citation needed]


  • February 15 – opening of the feature "Play the radio" allowing all producers radios can have a website pre-designed.[citation needed]
  • March – the launch of the advertising Adionomy that allows advertisers to broadcast their advertising on the web radios targeting listeners.[citation needed]
  • 30 May – Radionomy invests in Hotmixradio.[citation needed]


  • June 28 – Radionomy announces the signing of an agreement with the US digital advertising platform Targetspot.[citation needed]
  • August 29 – Adionomy board was launched, new governance in the world of digital radio in France.[citation needed]
  • 5 September – Radionomy announces the opening of its US headquarters in San Francisco.[citation needed]
  • 18 September – Radionomy launched G2, the new version of the platform. This includes updates to the site, and the release of the Radio Manager Online online platform which replaced the older Radio Manager desktop application. Facebook, iPhone, and iPad applications were also released.[citation needed]
  • late October – Alexander Saboundjian, CEO of Radionomy, became manager of Hotmixradio, instead of its founder Olivier Riou.[citation needed]


  • 18 September – Radionomy won the award "International Excellence in Online Audio" awarded at the RAIN Summit in Orlando, Florida.[citation needed]
  • December 16 – Radionomy acquired U.S.-based advertising Targetspot.[citation needed]


Previous logo from 2015 to 2017.
  • 17 January – Radionomy formalizes the acquisition of Winamp and SHOUTcast from AOL.[6][7] However, TechCrunch has reported that the sale of Winamp and Shoutcast is worth between $5 and $10 million, with AOL taking a 12% stake (a financial, not strategic, investment) in Radionomy in the process.[8]


On 17 December 2015, Vivendi acquired a 64.4% majority stake in Radionomy. Its shareholders including its employees and a U.S based investment company Union Square Ventures, retained its stake in the company.[9]



"In August 2017, AudioValley acquired the 64.4% stake held by Vivendi in Radionomy Group BV. AudioValley now owns 98.53% of the company's capital."[1]


  • On 1 January, Radionomy shut down its streaming service and migrated towards the Shoutcast platform.[13] This move was part of the group's wish to offer all digital radio producers new professional-quality tools to better meet their needs.


  • 5 July – AudioValley renames itself to Targetspot, with its focus shifting to its digital audio monetisation business.[14]
  • 22 November - Azerion Group N.V. acquires Radionomy Group B.V. and all of its subsidiaries (Targetspot and Shoutcast) from Targetspot SA.[15]


  • February - Targetspot SA rebrands to Llama Group, based on its remaining Winamp subsidiary consisting of Bridger, Jamendo and Winamp.[16][17]

List of properties formerly owned by Radionomy[edit]

In addition to its own online radio aggregation service, Radionomy owned audio and radio-related digital properties:


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2021-05-10. Retrieved 2020-12-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "How to Broadcast Live on Radionomy with Rocket Broadcaster". Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  3. ^ "Radionomy - Founders and Board of Directors - Tracxn". 2024-01-03. Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  4. ^ Radionomy a organisé une conférence de presse dans la Tour Eiffel à Paris (archive)
  5. ^ Brinkmann, Martin (2014-01-01). "And the new owner of Winamp is: Radionomy - gHacks Tech News". gHacks Technology News. Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  6. ^ Lunden, Ingrid (1 January 2014). "AOL Sells Winamp And Shoutcast Music Services To Online Radio Aggregator Radionomy". TechCrunch. AOL.
  7. ^ "Winamp lives on after acquisition by Radionomy". The Verge. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  8. ^ Lunden, Ingrid (14 January 2014). "AOL Sells Winamp And Shoutcast For $5-10M To Radionomy, Takes 12% Stake In Belgian Digital Audio Startup". TechCrunch. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Vivendi Buys Majority Stake In Winamp, Shoutcast Owner Radionomy". Variety. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  10. ^ Sony Music sues Universal sister company Radionomy Music Business Worldwide. Retrieved 05-07-2016.
  11. ^ "Arista Music et al v. Radionomy, Inc. et al Case Depository". PacerMonitor.
  12. ^ "California Powerhouse: Coblentz - Law360".
  13. ^ "Radionomy - Discover Shoutcast". 31 December 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-12-31. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
  14. ^ "AudioValley is changing its name to Targetspot". Targetspot. 2022-07-05. Retrieved 2022-07-24.
  15. ^ NV, Azerion Group (2022-11-22). "Azerion acquires Radionomy and enters audio advertising market". GlobeNewswire News Room (Press release). Retrieved 2023-02-13.
  16. ^ "Targetspot publishes its annual revenue and prepares to start a new chapter in its history". Llama Group. 2023-01-19. Retrieved 2023-04-13.
  17. ^ "Winamp Transforming the Music Industry Once Again". Yahoo Finance. 28 February 2023. Retrieved 2023-04-13.

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