RAIN 2/18: Top names from MOG, MP3tunes, SNL Kagan to appear at RAIN Summit West

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RAIN 2/18: Top names from MOG, MP3tunes, SNL Kagan to appear at RAIN Summit West

Posted on: 02/18/2011


Today we’re adding more names to the ever-growing list of speakers who will join us in Las Vegas for RAIN Summit West 2011 on April 11. This time we’re announcing two big names in the digital music field and a member of a trusted source of research and analytics.

David Hyman (pictured left) — CEO/founder of on-demand subscription music service MOG Inc. — will join CEO/founder of MP3tunes, Michael Robertson (pictured below right), to discuss the future of online music delivery.

Hyman has also served as CEO of Gracenote, SVP of marketing at MTV Interactive and co-founded webzine Addicted to Noise. Meanwhile, tech entrepreneur Robertson founded MP3.com in 1997 and has also served in the VOIP and Linux businesses.

Moderating our “Ad Revenue Showcase” panel will be SNL Kagan senior analyst Robin Flynn (pictured left). She’ll join Michele Laven, SVP of Strategic Partnerships for Clear Channel Los Angeles.

We’ll announce plenty more speakers over the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

RAIN Summit West is the premiere learning, sharing, and networking event of the year for Internet radio — and this year’s Summit is shaping up to be our best ever! It takes place on April 11 in Las Vegas during the NAB Show. You can find out more — and register to attend — right here. We hope to see you there!


GM will bring Pandora to the dashboards of two new 2012 Chevrolet models: the Volt (pictured) and Equinox. The service, dubbed “Chevy MyLink” will feature a 7” touch-screen display and will connect to the Internet via a smartphone.

GM says the Pandora-friendly service will be rolled out to all of its models in the next 18 months. RAIN first caught wind of this service back in September 2010 (here).

“The new partnership comes as the top U.S. automaker looks to make up for lost ground against Ford Motor Co in the increasingly competitive market for digital entertainment systems in vehicles,” writes Reuters (here).


Apple’s controversial app subscription service is drawing more criticism, this time from Last.fm alongside the FTC and U.S. Justice Department.

“Apple just f$&#!d over online music subs for the iPhone…many services can’t survive a 30 percent loss of revenue,” Last.fm co-founder Richard Jones reportedly told GigaOM (here). Last.fm just announced it would make its mobile radio service available to subscribers only (RAIN coverage here) — bad timing, it seems.

Jones’ statements echo those of other music service executives who spoke out about Apple’s policy of taking 30% of all subscription sign-ups made within the App Store (RAIN coverage here and here).

Meanwhile, antitrust enforcers within the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have begun a preliminary investigation into Apple’s new policy. Though it may not amount to anything, the organizations are looking into “whether Apple is running afoul of U.S. antitrust laws by funneling media companies’ customers into the payment system for its iTunes store,” according to The Wall Street Journal (here).

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Sep. 12 SF Music Tech Summit: San Francisco, CA
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