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RAIN 7/26: RAIN Summit Chicago adds Slacker chief Jim Cady to roster

Posted on: 07/26/2011

CADY TO DISCUSS MOBILE NET RADIO AT SUMMIT, SEPTEMBER 13, DAY BEFORE THE RADIO SHOW

President and CEO of Slacker Jim Cady (pictured) will appear at RAIN Summit Chicago on Tuesday, September 13th.

Slacker is one of the leading customizable Internet radio services and recently launched an on-demand music service (RAIN coverage here).

Cady has led two startups to annual revenues of more than $100 million. He’s spent the majority of his career in consumer electronics, serving as President of Rio Digital Audio, a digital music industry pioneer whose core technology has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Important Developments by the Consumer Electronics Association.

Cady will speak on our “Mobile Streaming — Making It Work” panel, joining AirKast CEO/CTO/founder Larry Leung and TuneIn Radio CEO Bill Moore.

(Find out more about RAIN Summit Chicago and register to attend right here.)

RAIN Summit Chicago will immediately precede the NAB/RAB Radio Show at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. It will culminate with the presentation of the second-annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards (more info here) and the always-anticipated RAIN Reader Cocktail Party (to be held in a ballroom overlooking the Chicago River).

RAIN Summit Chicago will also feature Pandora founder Tim Westergren as keynote speaker (as previuosly announced here) and numerous broadcast radio executives from both Chicago and across North America.

Look for more speaker announcements in coming weeks. Find out more about RAIN Summit Chicago here and the RAIN Internet Radio Awards here.

FORD DITCHING IN-DASH CD PLAYER IN FAVOR OF SMARTPHONES, iPODS

Ford is ditching the in-dash CD player in favor of Net radio-streaming smartphones and iPods. “The in-car CD player — much like telephones — is destined to fade away in the face of exciting new technology,” said a Ford manager.

The Ford Focus will be the first model to be offered CD-free, “part of an aggressive move towards integrated smartphone, USB and MP3-focused support,” as Digital Music News reports. The transition will be very gradual, says Ford. It will offer CD players “while there is demand…however, over time we expect customer preferences will lead us quickly into an all-digital approach to in-car audio entertainment.”

The carmaker was one of the first to offer an in-car Internet radio service, supporting Pandora through its Sync platform (RAIN coverage here). Digital Music News has more on the story here.

WINEHOUSE STATIONS SKYROCKET ON PANDORA

Pandora VP of Communication Deborah Roth says normally users create between 700-900 Amy Winehouse stations every day. But on Saturday, when the artist’s death hit the news, the number reached 75,000. That’s an increase of over 10,000%.

Pandora allows users to create customizable radio stations by picking a specific artist — in this case, an Amy Winehouse station with her music mixed in with similar artists. TMZ has more on the story here.

BEOSOUND 5 ENCORE STREAMS NET RADIO, CREATES PANDORA-LIKE PLAYLISTS OUT OF YOUR MUSIC

The BeoSound 5 Encore is a new music streaming device from Bang & Olufsen that includes access to over 13,000 Net radio stations. It also includes a built-in Pandora-like algorithm that analyzes your local music to generate playlists with similar music.

If you have a spare $3,350 burning a hole in your pocket, be sure to look for the BeoSound 5 Encore in August. Twice.com has more coverage here.



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