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RAIN 4/7: VPs from MOG, SESAC added to RAIN Summit West line-up

Posted on: 04/07/2011

LEGAL EXPERT, MOG VP ADDED TO SUMMIT AGENDA

The Internet radio industry event of the year, RAIN Summit West 2011, is just around the corner. Today we’re adding two more speakers to an already-packed list of Internet radio and digital music experts: Anu Kirk of MOG and Greg Riggle of SESAC.

Kirk (pictured below left) is MOG’s VP of Mobile Product for Mobile Platforms. MOG is a subscription music service which began as a music-themed social network. Now it offers a range of on-demand and streaming radio features and has been making plenty of headlines lately, especially for its efforts to become a presence in car dashboards (RAIN coverage here and here).

Kirk will discuss “The Future of Music” at RAIN Summit West 2011 alongside Mp3Tunes’ Michael Robertson, Digitally Imported’s Ari Shohat, Wolfgang’s Vault’s Eric Johnson and moderator Ted Cohen of TAG Strategic.

Greg Riggle (pictured right) serves as SESAC VP of Industry Relations & Business Communications. SESAC is one of the three performance rights organizations (or “PROs”) in the U.S. (along with ASCAP and BMI), and administers songwriting and publishing copyrights.

We’re delighted to have Riggle on-board to tackle often tricky legal issues in our “Legal Update” panel. Riggle will be joined by moderator David Oxenford, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, and panelists David Rosenberg of Rhapsody, Live365’s Angus MacDonald and EMF’s Brian Gantman.

RAIN Summit West 2011 takes place this Monday, April 11 in the Las Vegas Renaissance Hotel during the NAB Show. The Summit will be a jammed-packed day of panels, speakers and research presentations, including a special keynote from CBS Radio president/CEO Dan Mason. More information about the Summit can be found here and you can register right now here We hope to see you there!

MORE THAN 200 MILLION WEB-CONNECTED CARS ON THE ROAD BY 2016, PREDICTS STUDY

A new projection from ABI Research predicts there will be 210 million web-connected cars on the road by 2016, up from 45 million by the end of this year.

That includes both OEM options — like the Internet radio-supporting systems already rolling out from Ford, GM and BMW — and after-market gadgets like the Pandora-friendly dashboard stereos from Kenwood and Pioneer.

“The prospects for the connected car look good, with growing interest from a range of stakeholders,” writes ABI Research practice director Dominique Bonte. “Car manufacturers not yet offering connected services increasingly look out of touch with reality.” Find out more about ABI Research’s forecast from their press release here.

TOYOTA, MICROSOFT PARTNER FOR WEB-CONNECTED SYSTEM

Toyota and Microsoft have partnered to bring a web-connected app-based platform to Toyota’s electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2012. Microsoft also designed Ford’s Sync service.

“It remains to be seen what Toyota will do with Entune (pictured left), its own Sync-like car entertainment system,” writes PC Mag (here). That’s the system that included Internet radio services like Pandora and iHeartRadio (RAIN coverage here). Toyota reportedly stated that the new Microsoft platform would “enhance” Entune.



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