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RAIN 3/26: Five more industry experts sign on to speak at RAIN Summit

Posted on: 03/26/2009

MORE THAN A DOZEN SPEAKERS NOW CONFIRMED FOR APRIL 20th GATHERING

We’re pleased to announce today that we’ve added five new speakers who will participate in the RAIN Internet Radio Summit 2009 Monday April 20th in Las Vegas.

First, Edison Research Vice President of Strategy and Programming Tom Webster (pictured, right) will make the first live in-person presentation of “The Infinite Dial 2009,” the annual study on radio’s digital platforms Edison publishes with Arbitron.

Next, the founders of two of the top webcasts from the Internet-only side of the industry will join us: Ari Shohat of Digitally Imported Radio (left) and Bill Goldsmith from Radio Paradise.

We’re also putting together a stellar panel on Mobile Devices, and we’re happy to announce that it will now also include radio veteran T.J. Lambert, who’s now with iPhone streaming audio app maker Radiolicious.

Rounding out today’s speaker announcement is Cheryl Lucanegro, Pandora SVP of advertising sales (right), who’ll participate in the Revenue Development panel.

Last week (here) we announced our initial round of confirmed speakers, which includes Doug Perlson of TargetSpot, Brian Benedik of Katz 360, Google Audio’s Jag Duggal (all three will join Lucanegro on the Revenue Development panel); RadioTime president Dan Halyburton (for Mobile Devices along with Goldsmith and Lambert); attorney David Oxenford of Davis Wright Tremaine; and, as is tradition, RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson will make his annual “state of the industry” presentation.

For the first time, the RAIN Summit will be an official co-located event of the NAB Show, which means RAIN Summit registrants will receive access to the 2009 NAB Show exhibits. The RAIN Summit will take place at the Renaissance Hotel Las Vegas adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Renaissance is offering a “Buy 2 nights, get the 3rd free” package here. There are great airfares available to Las Vegas too, including nonstops from Chicago ($226 round trip, $218 on Southwest), New York (as low as $281 round trip), the Boston area (Manchester, NH at $278 round trip), Dallas ($218 round trip) and more.

For more information (including a preliminary agenda), to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, or to register for the RAIN Internet Radio Summit 2009, visit the Summit page here.

AOL RADIO iPHONE APP HITS 3.5 MIL DOWNLOADS

CBS Radio’s AOL Radio announced that its iPhone application has now been downloaded more than 3.5 million times, and credits it for a 58.8% audience bump since its July 2008 release. In a press release, AOL Radio makes sure to mention that Clear Channel Radio’s iPhone app has only just passed the 1 million mark. App users can stream more than 200 AOL Radio online-only channels plus 150 CBS Radio outlets.

LAST.FM CONTINUES TO TIGHTEN ACCESS, NOW SHUTTING DOWN THIRD-PARTY MOBILE STREAMS

Following its announcement this week that it will begin charging a subscription fee to listeners outside of the U.S., the UK and Germany (RAIN coverage here), CBS-owned Last.fm says it will no longer allow unofficial third-party mobile applications to stream Last.fm content; and (non-mobile) streaming to third-party apps will be restricted to subscribers.

“We need to get the money to cover royalties,” the company says.

In an announcement to the Last.fm discussion forum (here), the company says a new “public, documented streaming API (application programming interface… what programmers use to build applications)” will be made available, but “you won’t be allowed to use our API to stream to mobile phones. This is unfortunately a limitation of some of our licensing agreements.” Ars Technica reports, “Unofficial apps for Windows Mobile, Symbian, and BlackBerry will stop working next week. Last.fm’s official clients for iPhone and Android will reportedly continue to work without requiring a subscription.” The Last.fm announcement did leave a little wiggle room, saying that things “aren’t set in stone” and that some exceptions may be made.

Analyzing this week’s developments at Last.fm, more from Ars Technica: “On the road to generating revenue out of a ‘free’ service, though, these bridges sometimes need to get burned. Since CBS acquired Last.fm for $280 million in 2007, it has been looking for a way to boost the music streaming community’s profitability…All things considered, it may simply be time for costly Web services to start exploring other business models more aggressively.” Read more here.

BROADCAST AND INTERNET RADIO SYNDICATOR SNC HIRES FLEISCHER AS PRODUCER

Former RAIN associate editor Scott Fleischer has joined Chicago-based radio and web syndicator Syndication Networks as Internet Talk Show Producer. He’ll produce various shows for TalkZone.com and ChicagoSportsWebio.com, including “The Mike North Webio Show.” Fleischer will also host a weekly sports talk show on TalkZone.com. Fleischer will continue to anchor weekend sports updates on WBBM-AM/Chicago, and will continue his work with mobile aggregation firm RadioTime.com. Fleischer’s previous experience includes a stint with XM Radio.



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