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RAIN 5/7: New York Times spotlights growing inclusion of Net radio in car dashboards

Posted on: 05/07/2010

NYT: “MAY BE CASE OF RADIO IS DEAD, LONG LIVE RADIO

Today’s issue of The New York Times includes an article on the growing presence of Internet radio in car dashboards, citing some industry experts who argue the transition may be gradual and a good opportunity for broadcast radio to re-establish itself as the “portable” entertainment choice.

Pandora’s CEO Joe Kennedy told The New York Times that “he thinks there will be a gradual migration in the car to services like Pandora, but he also says he believes it will not become a mainstream service until all new cars feature systems that can tap into apps.”

Whether the adoption of Net radio is fast or slow, it shouldn’t be viewed as a threat to broadcast radio — argues Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media — but as an opportunity. “It’s a way for radio to get its portable mojo back,” Jacobs said. The article concludes (here), “For the first time, small local stations will be able to reach an entire driving nation, so some broadcasters may see their audiences swell as more listeners find them on Internet-connected car radios. In the end, it may simply be a case of radio is dead, long live radio.”

The article also covers a few familiar in-car Net radio solutions that make listening to streaming radio in the car “no different than switching between 1010 WINS and Q104.3.” There’s the Alpine iDA-X305S Digital Media Receiver with Pandora Link (RAIN coverage here), the Pioneer AVIC X920BT (here) and of course Ford’s app-friendly Sync update (here).

HANSON TO APPEAR AT RADIO INK CONVERGENCE

Radio Ink’s Convergence 2010 summit is fast approaching. The conference is set to take place June 3-4 in the Microsoft Silicon Valley Conference Center. Apple legend Guy Kawasaki will present at Radio Ink Convergence for the second time after last year’s “standing-ovation performance.” Other speakers and panelists include analyst Mark Ramsey, Paul Jacobs of Jacobs Media, Emmis Interactive’s Rey Mena, comScore’s Brian Jurutka, Brian Benedik of Katz 360, Rhapsody’s Tim Quirk and RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson who will deliver his State of the Industry presentation. More information about Radio Ink Convergence, including a full schedule of events, can be found here.

TRITON OFFERS POINT REWARDS TO VENDOR LISTENERS

Triton Loyalty — a part of Triton Digital — recently announced that Stream The World, Airkast and other vendors are now using StickyFish, a points-based loyalty program for listeners. “As a result of these integrations, consumers will earn points when they stream, watch video content, use their mobile device, play games and more,” Triton Loyalty notes. Mobile Xpress Messenger, Dell Sports, VMIX and Tune Genie are among the companies who have signed up for StickyFish services. Find out more from Triton Loyalty here.

BILLBOARD: “WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PERFORMANCE ROYALTIES

Billboard has published a quick-and-dirty run-down of the increasing revenues coming from performance royalties around the world. For example, performance royalties now make up a larger share of global recorded music revenue, increasing from 2% to 5% in 2009. “Total revenue has fallen, making performance royalties more important in the overall revenue mix,” the article notes. Read more from Billboard here.



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