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RAIN 12/23: Holiday-themed broadcast royalty feud continues; Pandora on Windows Mobile

Posted on: 12/23/2008

QUIPS FILLED WITH HOLIDAY SPIRIT

Radio and music labels have continued their holiday-themed exchange over a broadcast radio performance royalty (RAIN coverage here). Last week, musicFirst sent an email to supporters and the media, backing the royalty to the tune of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” In the poem, NAB president/CEO David Rehr is given some Scrooge-like qualities while radio is accused of hypocrisy (”‘We’ll say we don’t want those foreign-owned labels ‘round here; But let’s count our ad money from the foreign owned beer’”).

The NAB’s Dennis Wharton responded, saying the proposed royalty from foreign-owned labels “would cost America’s hometown radio stations thousands of jobs…If successful, RIAA’s campaign will mean a perpetual blue Christmas for local radio, and the end-game loser will be artists who benefit from the unparalleled promotional value of free radio airplay.” For more, read R&R’s coverage here.

PANDORA FURTHER EXPANDS MOBILE REACH WITH WINDOWS MOBILE ACCESS

Pandora has launched a free application for Windows Mobile handsets. The move represents another step in Pandora’s strategy to build a mobile platform for advertisers. The mobile ad market is projected to reach $12 billion by 2013, according to research firm Informa Telecom & Media. “It’s not by accident that we are aggressively building out our mobile marketing strategy,” said Cheryl Lucanegro, SVP/ad sales for Pandora. Read more at RBR here.

INTERNET RADIO DOMINATES ABOUT.COM’S TOP 10 GIFTS TO RADIO IN 2008

Seven of About.com’s “Santa’s Top 10 Gifts to Radio in 2008” involve Internet radio, and two of those center on the iPhone. The applications RadioTime and Weather Underground, as well as AOL Radio’s iPhone app were all recognized. Slacker’s G2 Personal Radio Player, Streema’s radio streams, iRadeo, and miRoamer were also listed. Check out the full list at About.com here.



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  1. The only winners here are the lobbying flacks at Edelman that SoundExchange/musicFIRST hired to run their little front group.

    Must be nice to get paid someone else’s money to write silly little nursery rhymes.

    Alan · Dec 29, 11:08 AM · #

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