RAIN 3/9: Top names from Triton Digital, AOL Radio and IAB coming to RAIN Summit West
RSW PACKED WITH BRIGHTEST MINDS IN DIGITAL MEDIA, RADIOThe list of speakers set to attend RAIN Summit West 2011 in Las Vegas is getting pretty long, but that’s not stopping us from adding even more big names! Today we’re delighted to add executives from Triton Digital, AOL Radio and the Interactive Advertising Bureau to our agenda.
Triton Digital’s EVP of Marketing — and 20-year marketing veteran — Patrick Reynolds (pictured left) will join us again in Las Vegas on April 11. Reynolds has spoken at previous RAIN Summits and we’re delighted to have him back.
Thomas Chau, AOL Radio Director of Programming (pictured right), will also appear at RAIN Summit West 2011. He oversees music programming on AOL Radio’s line-up of 250+ channels. Chau also serves as social community manager for AOL Radio. He’ll join VP of AOL Music Network, Lisa Namerow (RAIN coverage here).
Also joining us in Las Vegas will be Vice President of Member Services and Industry Initiatives at the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), Michael Theodore (pictured left). Among his many duties at IAB, Theodore is responsible for the organization’s platform-based committees (including digital audio, mobile, social media and many others).
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 will feature, among a long list of speakers, a unique keynote from CBS Radio President and CEO Dan Mason.
RAIN Summit West 2011 takes place on April 11 in Las Vegas during the NAB Show. You can find out more — and register to attend — right here. Please register soon, as we’re offering special discount pricing that ends March 20 (more here). We hope to see you there!
APP LETS PATRONS CONTROL MUSIC IN PUBLIC VENUESAn iPhone and web-based app called PlayMySong lets patrons control the music a participating public venue plays. Users navigate to a special mobile-friendly website (or use the free iPhone app) and request music from a playlist.
The playlist of music is actually hosted on the host’s iPhone or iPod — meaning this could also be a great solution for house parties. “From day one, we realized that this is something bigger than just a mobile jukebox,” said PlayMySong co-founder Rami Korhonen. Read more at Evolver.fm here.
PIONEER, PHILIPS, JBL JUMP ON APPLE’S AIRPLAY BAND WAGONRemember AirPlay, Apple’s wireless music system that lets iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users stream audio — including Internet radio — to wireless receivers? It can essentially create a multi-room wireless Internet radio system, but you need some hardware to actually play your music.
Now you have a few more options. JBL, Pioneer and Philips have all announced AirPlay compatible stereos, each with its own distinct look-and-feel. Pioneer’s VSX-1021 is a straight-up audio receiver (more here), while JBL’s On Air Wireless AirPlay speaker dock (pictured) includes a color screen for display metadata (more here). Finally, Philips’ $1,100 Fidelio SoundSphere speakers sport an unusual look (more here).
VW CONCEPT VAN “DOES iPAD INTEGRATION RIGHT”We’ve seen a few in-car iPad set-ups in the past (RAIN coverage here and here), but now VW throws their hat in the ring with their Bulli van concept. “After seeing many atrocious attempts, it seemed factory iPad integration was something that simply shouldn’t happen,” writes Engadget. “Now, in Volkswagen’s Bulli concept, we’re seeing something that makes sense — something we’ve wanted to see for a while now.”
Since some iPads can pull down 3G data from AT&T, this makes for an excellent in-car Internet radio system. If it ever drops that “concept” label. Find out more here.
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