RAIN 1/27: RAIN announces 2011 Las Vegas Summit at NAB Show
CBS RADIO CEO DAN MASON TO KEYNOTE RAIN SUMMIT WEST APRIL 11Today we officially announce the preliminary details of the 2011 RAIN Summit West, Monday April 11 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, next door to the Convention Center.
We’re very happy to also announce this year’s keynote speaker, CBS Radio President and CEO Dan Mason. This year, to change the dynamic somewhat, Mason’s address will take the form of a “fireside chat” with RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson.
RAIN Summit West is the Internet radio industry’s premiere educational and networking event. For eight years, webcasters, broadcasters, vendors, legal experts, technologists, and more have gathered in Las Vegas (during the NAB) to learn and network. Once again this year, Hanson will present his “State of the Industry” address on the outlook for radio in our new media age. As always, our day-long event will feature a variety of other great speakers and panelists, which we’ll be announcing in coming weeks. And we’ll conclude with the much-anticipated tradition of our poolside RAIN Reader Cocktail Party.
There’s more information and registration here. We’d love to see you at the 2011 RAIN Summit West.
BBC OFFERS DETAILS ON NEW RADIO PLATFORMEarlier this week, the BBC announced it would move radio streams out of its iPlayer web media hub and into a new stand-alone platform (RAIN coverage here). The company has offered more details about what that new streaming radio product will be like.
The new platform (not yet named) will “play to the strengths of live radio” — the BBC found that most people stream live radio — and include access to BBC podcasts. It will be “highly personalised,” include social networking integration, emphasize on-air personalities and should be available “on lots of internet-connected devices.” The BBC’s Daniel Danker has more details here.
But what about Radioplayer, the BBC-backed effort to provide a one-stop location for online UK radio streams (RAIN coverage here)? Turns out it will live alongside the new BBC radio platform. “Though we’ve not yet worked the details through, we think both projects add up to a vastly improved online radio experience for audiences,” writes Danker.
USA TODAY TACKLES IN-CAR NET RADIOIn yet another sign of in-car Internet radio’s mainstream acceptance, USA Today covers the topic — and Pandora’s aggressive dashboard strategy. “Not everyone wants to listen to AM/FM or satellite, so we figured we’d offer Pandora as well,” said Markus Fauerbach, a product specialist for Mercedes-Ben. USA Today also reports (here) that half of Pandora “now is focused on advertising and expansion to autos and other devices.”
(You can find RAIN‘s recent run-down of in-car Internet radio systems here.)
In a separate article (here), USA Today covers the wider world of in-car smartphone apps: navigation, movie tickets, OpenTable, social networking and more. “If it was just Pandora, [car buyers] wouldn’t pay,” argues James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research. “But if [in-car app systems] come with navigation and other features, sure, they’ll do it. Consumers love it.”
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