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RAIN 3/10: RAIN Summit North kicks off tomorrow in Toronto

Posted on: 03/10/2011

JOIN US FOR A PACKED AFTERNOON OF SPEAKERS & PANELS, CAPPED OFF BY COCKTAIL PARTY

If you’re in Toronto for Canadian Music Week, we’d like to invite you to join us for RAIN Summit North tomorrow, March 11, in the Royal York’s ballroom starting at 3:45pm.

This is our second RAIN Summit North at Canadian Music Week. Last year’s event was packed and featured a keynote from Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy (RAIN coverage here).

RAIN Summit North 2011 will feature a packed afternoon of panels and speakers. For example, our “Compelling Content” panel includes some of the most knowledgable digital music and radio experts from Canada (and one or two from south of the border): GM of Corus Radio Ontario East JJ Johnston, Jonathan Carrigan — who currently leads Product Development and Strategy for CBC in the areas of Mobile, Digital Audio/Video and Digital Advertising — ExploreMusic.com curator Alan Cross (pictured left), consultant Dave Lange and AccuRadio VP of Music Programming (and RAIN editor) Paul Maloney.

Vision Critical’s Senior VP and Managing Director Jeff Viddler (pictured right) will also join us to present new research results. His presentation will be followed by a panel on monetization, featuring Live365 Media GM Johnie Floater, AccuRadio CEO / RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson and moderator by RockPeaks.com founder Barnaby Marshall.

Hanson will also present his State of the Industry Address at RAIN Summit North 2011. If you’re at Canadian Music Week, it’s not an event to miss!

After the Summit, let’s meet for a RAIN Reader Cocktail Party in the bar at Jack Astor’s across the street from the Royal York, from 5:15-7:00pm. No reservation, cash bar, but we’ll buy loads of appetizers! We hope you’ll join us!

More information about RAIN Summit North and Canadian Music Week can be found here.

COLEMAN: OVER THIRD OF COUNTRY RADIO LISTENERS HAVE USED PANDORA, “LIKELY” TO USE IT IN CAR

A new survey from Coleman Insights of 5,000 country music radio listeners found that 36% have used Pandora. More than half of those listeners have been using Pandora for over a year — “far longer than industry professionals perceive,” Coleman notes — and 26% use it “frequently.” Moreover, among 12-17 year-olds, 62% have used Pandora.

Additionally, country radio listeners using Pandora are “highly ‘likely’” to use the service in their cars and 14% have already done so. 35% would actually prefer Pandora to AM/FM radio in their cars, with 25% undecided. Among country radio listeners who stream Internet radio, 29% use a smartphone to do so.

Observes Coleman, “This forecasts a looming challenge to Country radio from Pandora for in-car listening, a place that has long been radio’s almost-exclusive domain…to blunt the uniqueness of Pandora and turn its current points of differentiation into strategic points of parity, the Country industry should create streaming offerings accordingly.”

You can find Coleman Insights’ full study here (PDF).

TUNEIN RADIO LANDS ON WINDOWS PHONE 7, WESTERN DIGITAL TV PLAYERS

RadioTime’s TuneIn Radio platform has arrived as an app on Windows Phone 7 devices, as well as on Western Digital’s TV players. The Windows app includes many of the features also found in TuneIn Radio’s iPhone, Android and webOS apps, but it also “takes advantage of [Windows Phone 7’s] Metro UI, including the ability to swipe left or right to flip between different screens,” notes Mobiputing.com (here).

Meanwhile, Western Digital has released a firmware update including TuneIn Radio to its line of TV media players. Now users of WD TV Live Plus, for example, can stream TuneIn Radio’s 30,000+ radio stations right on their TV. RadioTime and TuneIn Radio ‘apps’ are already available on Boxee, Roku and other web-connected TV devices. CNet has more coverage here.



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