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RAIN 5/2: RIAA says web/satellite radio earned more for copyright owners in 2010 than on-demand

Posted on: 05/02/2011

DIGITAL PERFORMANCE ROYALTIESGROWING AMAZINGLY

New data from the RIAA reportedly shows that, for the first time, Internet and satellite radio companies brought in more revenue for copyright holders than subscription music services — like MOG or Rhapsody — in 2010.

“The subscription services have been relatively flat for the five or six years we’ve been tracking them,” said Joshua Friedlander, the RIAA’s vice president of research and strategic analysis. “Digital performance royalties, on the other hand, which reflect services like Pandora, have been growing amazingly.”

The Associated Press reports that performance royalty payments from Internet and satellite radio have grown 60% from 2009 to 2010, increasing from $155.5 million to $249.2 million. Forbes has more coverage here.

FILMMAKER KEVIN SMITH TO LAUNCH NET RADIO, PARTNERS WITH STITCHER FOR MOBILE

Kevin Smith, whose film projects include Clerks, Dogma, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Cop Out, and Red State, will launch the SModcast Internet Radio (S.I.R.). The webcast will be borne out of content from SModcast.com, the suite of podcast features Smith and cohort Scott Mosier started on New Year’s Day 2010.

And Stitcher has announced that its Stitcher SmartRadio app, which delivers on-demand personalized audio programming to mobile devices and iPads, has been named the official mobile partner for the station.

S.I.R., scheduled to launch Monday, May 9, will reportedly carry audio programming 24/7, and will feature both live and archived programs from SModcast’s current programming, as well as new shows created specifically for S.I.R. The station will be available at www.smodcast.com and Stitcher’s free mobile and iPad apps.

UK WI-FI RADIO SPORTS CLASSY DESIGN

The RM50 Internet Radio packs most of the standard features we’ve come to expect from tabletop Wi-Fi radios these days: nice display, tens of thousands of Internet radio stations, support for music on your home network and even a remote control. What caught our eye was the interesting design. The RM50 runs for £99.99 (about $166) and you can find out more here.

TECH RADAR POSTS GUIDE TO APPLE’S AIRPLAY

We’ve written about AirPlay quite a bit (here, here and here for example). Apple’s wireless music system is a great way to stream Internet radio content around the house. If you’re interested in learning more about how to set up an AirPlay system — or what else you can stream around the house (hello, Netflix) — we recommend popping over to TechRadar where they’ve just posted a handy guide. Find it right here.



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