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RAIN 4/15: S.R.O. registrations available for Monday's RAIN Summit

Posted on: 04/15/2009

STANDING-ROOM-ONLY REGISTRATIONS AVAILABLE FOR MONDAY’S RAIN SUMMIT

If you’re planning to attend the NAB show next week in Las Vegas (or if you can still find an affordable way to get there), there’s a new affordable RAIN Internet Radio Summit “Standing Room Only” registration price of only $19 available here. (This price, however, does not guarantee a seat during the most popular sessions and does not include the box lunch.)

Newly-announced speakers for Monday’s event include AirKast COO Simon Moy (see story immediately below) and Live365 CEO Mark Lam, joining top executives from CBS Radio, Pandora, Slacker, Bonneville, Cox, and many other broadcasters and webcasters.

We’re also considering adding a session to discuss yesterday’s $16 million GOOM Radio announcement (see Tuesday’s issue below) and its implications for broadcasters and entrepreneurs.

If you’re interested in the future of the radio industry, Monday in Las Vegas could be the most important day of the year for you. Full details at www.kurthanson.com/summit.

We hope you can join us!

AIRKAST, ANDO MEDIA AND STREAM THE WORLD BUNDLE NOW AVAILABLE

Triton Digital Media will be offering its affiliates AirKast’s mobile Internet radio platform thanks to a partnership between the companies. The AirKast package will include the company’s TuneKast Net radio interface, Ando Media ad serving and audience measurement, and content delivery from StreamTheWorld. Stations will be able to launch their broadcasts on mobile devices through the AirKast package. For more, check out Triton’s press release here. TuneKast was previewed and reviewed on the iPhone by Mark Ramsey last month here.

MORE NATIONAL BUSINESSES ADVERTISING ON INTERNET RADIO

Big-name companies like Walmart and Home Depot are increasingly using Internet radio as an advertising platform, according to Katz Online Network. “Whereas last year Katz Online Network was seeing 5 to 10 advertisers using their network of stations on a monthly basis, that number has grown to 15 to 20 this year,” writes Jennifer Lane at her Audio4Cast blog (here). According to Brian Benedik, President of Katz Online Network, businesses like Bank of America, Dish Network, Comedy Channel, REI, and Sears are now advertising on radio stations’ online streams. With dollars reportedly up as well, “This inevitably pulls in more big brands and expands the revenue base for the medium,” writes Lane.

LIVIO DESKTOP NET RADIO HOSTS PANDORA STREAMS, THUMBS RATINGS BUTTONS

The Livio Radio may look like just about every other table-top Wi-Fi Internet radio out there, but it packs Pandora streams and the ability to give tracks a thumbs up or down rating. Dedicated buttons allow users to rate tracks from Pandora streams. The radio also receives the thousands of stations provided through Reciva. The Livio Radio will set you back $150. Find the press release here}&dist=msr_2.

LALA CO-FOUNDER DISCUSSES HIS VIEWS ON MOBILE MUSIC

Lala.com offers consumers on-demand streaming music for $0.10 a track (and offers downloads of $0.89), so it’s not quite Internet radio. But in speaking with Wired, Lala co-founder Bill Nguyen discusses some of the company’s mobile ideas, which may be helpful to keep in mind in transitioning Net radio to the medium. He recommends blending music and social media, like offering users lists of their friends’ favorite tracks. Lala also provides updates on new music coming out soon that users may like, based on their favorite music (something Net radio could do if they allow users to add favorite tracks). Bottom line: “Web services don’t make sense unless they’re eventually mobile.” Check out the full interview at Wired here.

LAST.FM PARTNERS WITH FRONTIER SILICON

Last.fm has partnered with Frontier Silicon, an audio technology provider, to more easily allow electronics manufacturers to add Last.fm’s services using Frontier Silicon’s hardware and software. Anthony Sethill, CEO of Frontier Silicon, said the first products using Frontier Silicon’s technology for Last.fm should start being produced in May. “All market indicators show great potential for growth in Internet radio,” he said. “We are extremely pleased to achieve this certification.” To read more, find the press release here.



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  1. 2 Thumbs Up for the Livio Radio. Take it anywhere in your house and enjoy Pandora radio

    jordan · Jun 3, 09:45 AM · #

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