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RAIN 9/14: First-ever RAIN Summit East to host roundtable with SoundExchange

Posted on: 09/14/2009

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE DEL COLLIANO MINI-KEYNOTE, HALYBURTON ON AD SALES, MORE

The first-ever RAIN Summit East, which will take place on Thursday afternoon, September 24th, in Philadelphia, concurrent with the NAB Radio Show, will feature a unique and exciting line-up of sessions — including a first-ever roundtable discussion between SoundExchange executives and webcasters, a mini-keynote by colorful industry analyst and pundit (and Philadelphia native) Jerry Del Colliano, a comprehensive panel on techniques to increase Internet radio ad sales revenues moderated by longtime radio exec Dan Halyburton, a review of the latest in Internet radio smartphone apps and connected home devices (e.g., the new Squeezebox Radio), and much more.

The RAIN Summit East will run from 3:00pm to 6:30pm at the Hard Rock Cafe that’s adjacent to the Philadelphia Convention Center. Admission is free, though you’re encouraged to pre-register and strongly encouraged to register for the concurrent NAB Radio Show (here).

More details on the RAIN Summit East, including how to pre-register, can be found in the blog posting at right. We hope to see you there!

MOTLEY FOOL SEES NET RADIO IMPACTING SATELLITE’S FUTURE, FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE

Sirius XM’s future is rocky, but full of promise, writes The Motley Fool. The publication has produced two columns, one outlining reasons to worry about Sirius XM’s future, the other reasons to not worry. Interestingly, Internet radio plays a part in both. Web radio threatens the satellite radio broadcaster with its virtually unlimited selection of free content. “Who wants to pay $15 a month for a home-docked satellite radio solution, when Internet radio offers deeper dives into genres and programming? Isn’t it just a matter of time before the Pandora-zation of cars arrives?”

But, at the same time, Internet radio could be a viable medium for Sirius XM to use to its advantage as well. By becoming a Net radio broadcaster, Sirius XM could cut the costs of expensive satellite transmissions and could bring the weight of its 18.5 million subscribers to compete with Pandora and Slacker. “In short, it’s in the driver’s seat when it comes to Internet radio. Sirius XM may not be able to get away with charging as much as it does now for the service in the future, but the global opportunity and the lighter lifting — free of satellites, signal repeaters, and perhaps even proprietary receivers — will result in a higher-margin giant than the market sees today.” Read more at The Motley Fool here and here.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES COVERS ACCURADIO’S “RE-MEET THE BEATLESFEATURE

Local Chicago newspaper The Sun-Times today highlighted AccuRadio’s line-up of Beatles-centric radio channels which debuted on 9/9/09 in celebration of the release of The Beatles remastered catalog (RAIN coverage here). “One local company is leaning on the Fab Four to carve out its own place within the Internet radio revolution,” writes Brad Spirrison in the Sun-Times (here). You can find AccuRadio’s Beatles channels here.

DARDIS: WITH LAST.FM ON SMARTPHONES, WHO’D BOTHER TO BUY AN HD RADIO?

CBS Radio’s initiative to move Last.fm’s content to HD radio, as announced last week (RAIN coverage here) is a step in the right direction says industry analyst Ken Dardis, but he asks if it’s too late for HD radio. Dardis says that if this kind of dynamic programming had been introduced to HD radio two years ago, it “may have captured audience interest. But, two years is a long time in internet activity. With the proliferation of iPhone, Blackberry, and other smartphones, is expecting consumers to purchase an HD Radio to hear internet radio a little over-ambitious? …perhaps it’s best to change the sentence that started this discussion to internet radio stations are going to save the radio industry,” Dardis writes. You can read his full thoughts at his Audio Graphics blog here.



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