Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Recent news of radio and webcasting royalty reform


RAIN 9/11: RAIN Summit Dallas is one week from today

Paul Maloney
As if we didn't already have a full plate for next Tuesday's RAIN Summit!
You probably remember recent news of radio and webcasting royalty reform (with at least two bills in Congress) which you can read about here and here and here. Naturally, our panelists will also have something to say about the streaming concerns of radio at the local level (more on that here and here
We'll also be announcing the winners of the 2012 RAIN Internet Radio Awards (here are this year's finalists -- you should listen to them!). Plus, there's the keynote address (more here) from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment President of National Sales, Marketing & PartnershipsTim Castelli (left), and RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson's "State of the Industry" address.
Then, as if this weren't enough, news of Apple's rumored entry into Internet radio broke last week (here). 
Needless to say, there'll be lots to talk about! You should be part of this conversation! (There are a precious few seats left -- if you haven't yet, please secure your registration today here).
We'd also like to fill you in on the most recently added panel speakers for the Summit.
Raditaz is a free-to-use webcast service where users can create stations, listen to custom-curated stations, and use "tagging" to personalize their stations. Raditaz founder and CEO Tom Brophy will join us for the "Social Radio" panel song to discuss  song sharing, recommendations, listening rooms, and other social tools.
TuneIn, the stream aggregator and tuning software provider that serves as a "guide" to streams from thousands of broadcasters and webcasters worldwide is sending Senior Manager/Programming Scott Fleischerto the Summit, to speak about artist programmed channels, live acoustic shows, interactive news channels and more on the "Innovating Online Content" panel.
Joining Scott on the panel will beLive365 GM Johnie Floater. Live365 is the Internet radio network where members can create their own online radio station or listen to other Live365 broadcasters' online stations.
And of course, we'll cap the afternoon with the world-famous RAIN Reader Cocktail Party. We'll be in the Hilton Anatole's Verandah Shelbourne Room (on the 2nd floor of the Verandah Health Club).
You can see the full RAIN Summit Dallas agenda, with a complete rundown of panel topics and speakers, and registration information, here.
(We'd also like to remind you about our inaugural RAIN Summit Europe, coming up October 5th in Berlin. You can find more details on that, and links to register, here.)
Paul Maloney
General Motors today announced it will work with both Livio and TuneIn for in-dash Internet radio functionality for 2013 Chevrolet Sparks equipped with MyLink Radio.
Livio's "Livio Connect" technology, used here in the company's first OEM integration with GM, will connect the TuneIn music smartphone app with the MyLink Radio. Livio Connect is a middleware framework protocol that enables hardware devices and mobile apps to connect to and interact with one another.
A press release says all of the TuneIn buttons and controls from the mobile device will be available on MyLink’s seven-inch touch screen, while the app on the phone itself will be disabled to help promote safer driving.
Paul Maloney
Stitcher Radio has added an "offline mode" to its iPhone and iPad mobile apps.
Stitcher is the on-demand internet radio service focused on news and talk radio and podcasts.
The update allows a listener to download over 10,000 radio shows and listen when there's no available data connection. There's apparently also a new comments system and improvements to Facebook sharing, searching, and AirPlay compatibility.
Read more from Engadget, including the press release, here

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