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RAIN 4/6: Top execs from Digitally Imported, Livio Radio, Live365, McVay Media, and Triton to appear at RAIN Summit West on Monday

Posted on: 04/06/2011


Five more of the biggest names in Internet radio and digital music will be speaking Monday at RAIN Summit West 2011 in Las Vegas. Today we’re delighted to announce the addition of Digitally Imported’s Ari Shohat, Livio Radio’s Jake Sigal, Live365’s Angus MacDonald, Triton Media Group’s Bill Freund and Dan Halyburton of McVay New Media to our Summit’s agenda.

Ticket prices to RAIN Summit West are going up today at 5PM EDT. So if you’re still waiting to register, please do so now before the price bump (and before we sell out!). There are still plenty of good deals to be had on airfare and hotel bookings, according to Expedia, Orbitz, Kayak and Southwest Airlines.

Ari Shohat (pictured right), the Founding Manager of Digitally Imported — the most-popular non-customizable pureplay service — will help predict coming trends in music and Internet radio in our “The Future of Music” panel. The discussion, moderated by TAG Strategic’s Ted Cohen, will feature Mp3Tunes’ Michael Robertson, Eric Johnson of Wolfgang’s Valut and MOG’s Anu Kirk.

Jake Sigal (pictured left) founded and serves as CEO of Livio Radio. He’ll share his expertise in our panel about in-car Internet radio, alongside Pandora’s George Lynch, Stitcher’s Noah Shanok and moderator Patrick Reynolds of Triton Digital.

Joining our “Legal Update” panel is Live365’s General Counsel, Angus MacDonald (pictured right). He’ll join moderator David Oxenford of Davis Wright Tremaine, Rhapsody’s David Rosenberg and Brian Gantman of EMF Corporate.

Bill Freund (pictured left) serves as the Executive Vice President of Triton Media Group. He’ll join our “Ad Campaign Showcase” panel in Las Vegas, alongside Entercom’s Tim Murphy, Katz 360’s Brian Benedik and moderator Robin Flynn of SNL Kagan.

VP of Innovation at McVay New Media Dan Halyburton (pictured right) will moderate our much-anticipated mobile Internet radio panel — and he’ll have plenty to discuss (see our story below on the new Infinite Dial study, for example). He’ll join Bonneville’s Mark Preston, Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media and Liquid Compass’ Zackary Lewis.

RAIN Summit West 2011 is the Internet radio industry event of the year. The agenda (here) is a veritable “who’s who” of Internet radio and digital music. It promises to be our biggest and best gathering yet, with lots of insightful panels, engaging speakers and eye-opening research presentations. And we want you there.

Please register by the end of today before prices go up — you’ll also receive NAB Exhibit Hall Floor Pass, a gourmet box lunch and an invitation to our signature RAIN Reader Cocktail Party poolside at the Renaissance Hotel. More info can be found here. We hope to see you there!


Over 57 million Americans age 12 and over — that’s 22% of the U.S. population — now listens to Internet radio on a weekly basis, according to the latest in a decade-long series of “The Infinite Dial” studies released yesterday by Arbitron and Edison Research.

That’s a leap of almost 30% from last year’s “Infinite Dial” finding of 17% of the U.S. population, and double what it was 5 years ago. This rise is largely attributable to the tremendous growth in Americans’ use of mobile technology and the recent growth of Pandora: Smartphone ownership has tripled in two years, and Pandora’s weekly cume has reached 10% of the U.S. 12+ population.

Arbitron and Edison Research yesterday presented their nineteenth annual “Infinite Dial” study on digital media platforms. Arbitron’s Bill Rose (pictured left) and Paul Krasiniski (pictured below right) will join us as RAIN Summit West this Monday in Las Vegas to present highlights from the study.

In addition to documenting the explosive growth of Facebook, smartphone use, and an overall increase in media use, the study offers several data points that indicate a swell in Americans’ use of online radio.

In the last month, 89 million Americans have listened to Internet radio. Regular listeners tune in for nearly 10 hours a week, a figure that’s risen almost 50% in just three years. And as clumsy as it can currently be, more than a tenth of all cell phone owners have listened to Internet radio in the cars, by connecting their phones to their car stereo system.

As time passes, Americans seem to be discovering more “online-only” Internet radio sources. Now, significantly more monthly online radio listeners say they listen most to channels that exist only online (57%) than listeners who listen only to AM/FM “simulcasts” (40%). (That number was roughly equal in 2006.)

You can download “The Infinite Dial: 2011” executive summary from Edison Research here (PDF), the study’s presentation slides here (PDF) and read more on Arbitron’s website here... or, as noted above, catch their presentation at RAIN Summit West on Monday.


Music service Grooveshark has disappeared from the Android App Market. Though it’s not clear yet why Google removed the app, PC World hints it was due to copyright concerns.

“The move comes amid reports that Google is negotiating licensing rights for its new online music streaming service, Google Music,” writes PC World.

Google’s removal of Grooveshark from the App Market is also notable as Google has traditionally taken a relatively hands-off approach with the offerings in its Android app store — only occasionally removing apps that are essentially viruses. PC World has more coverage here.

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