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RAIN 3/11: RAIN travels to Toronto for Summit event and Canadian Music Week

Posted on: 03/11/2010

FIRST-EVER RAIN SUMMIT NORTH IS TOMORROW

We’re looking forward to seeing/meeting many of you (and at least one of us will be experiencing his first Canadian Music Week) at the RAIN Summit North, tomorrow from 2:45 to 7pm at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto. We hope you’re able to come for a full afternoon of valuable panels (and the keynote address from Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy). But if you’re in town for CMW and have other commitments, please try to stop by for the RAIN Cocktail Party at 6pm. More details, and the afternoon’s full agenda, are here.

NOKIA PRESENTS SMARTPHONE-CONNECTED DASHBOARD OF THE FUTURE

First Ford, then Mini and now Nokia is giving us a glimpse of what they think tomorrow’s car dashboard will look like. In this case it includes a cradle for your Nokia smartphone device, which will transmit — among other things — music to your car stereo. Alpine, Fiat, Harman Becker and Valmet Automotive have partnered with Nokia to bring this sort of idea into cars. Engadget has more here.

SPARK RADIO iPHONE APP TO AGGREGATE 30,000 STATIONS BY APRIL

Spark Radio, a new $6 iPhone app aggregates over 10,000 stations from around the world, but the company behind the app — Handcast Media Labs — plans to include over 30,000 by April. Spark Radio uses RadioTime’s directory and finds nearby stations using a user’s GPS location. The app also includes social media interaction and plenty of visual attractions, including 8 visualizers. Find out more from AppScout here.

SLACKER BUILDS HIP-HOP STATION FOR THE SOURCE MAGAZINE

A new hip-hop station from The Source magazine is powered by Slacker. Members of the magazine’s team actually programmed the station, however. Billboard reports (here), that Slacker also recently announced a station programmed by members of AFI. Last year, the service created a station for Blackberry in support of SXSW.

AIRKAST LAUNCHES APPS FOR 3 MAX MEDIA STATIONS

Mobile radio app maker AirKast has created three new applications for iPhone and BlackBerry mobile devices for Max Media LLC. Each app focuses on a specific Virginia-based station: WVHTFM (Hot 100.5), WVBWFM (92.9 The Wave) and WGHFM (97.3 The Eagle). For more, check out the press release here.



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