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Continued advertising focus at RAIN Summit Europe (Nov. 4)

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As reports emanate from Advertising Week in New York, RAIN is preparing to continue the focus on digital audio advertising at RAIN Summit Europe, November 4, at 1 Wimpole Street, London. Produced in cooperation with the IAB UK, the conference agenda features four panel discussions which will explore the topic of advertising strategies in streaming audio:

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Radionomy launches new version of its RadioManager software for producers

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Radionomy announced a new version of RadioManager, its software for producers who manage Internet stations on the Radionomy platform. New features of the upgrade include greater control of commercial placement and workflow automation for payment to producers. Importantly related to income, the new workstation opens monetization of audiences in Spain and Germany.

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iHeartMedia research investigates the power of audio advertising on brains

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iHeartMedia, the conglomerate formerly known as Clear Channel, released new data from a study in partnership with Neuro-Insight about the brain’s response to different types of communication. The results showed that radio advertisements performed better than television advertisements for the same companies.

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Grooveshark shares upbeat, defiant response to copyright ruling

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Grooveshark received some damning news from a New York district court judge yesterday, but it is still trying to swim on. Today the streaming and uploading service shared a blog post with a response to the ruling. “This latest news dealt specifically with an early version of Grooveshark which we dispensed of in 2008 in favor of our current music streaming service,” the company said.

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Leading EDM pureplay Digitally Imported plans ambitious new service

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In a wide-ranging conversation with Digitally Imported executives,, RAIN learned that the leading Electronic Music online radio outlet is planning an ambitious evolution of the service. The new Digitally Imported, details of which will be divulged later this month, will position itself as a complete music consumption platform for EDM and other sub-genres of electronic music, combining music discovery and buying functions in a way that founder Ari Shohat describes as "integrated in unique, special ways."

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Rumor Fact(ory): YouTube and Google could see music service overhaul soon

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We’ve been looking for signs that YouTube and Google are making progress with a long-awaited music subscription service, and today Reuters has what seems to be a legit update. Reuters interviewed Jamie Rosenberg, Google’s vice president of digital content, about the company’s plans and learned that its music services are expected to see updates in the near future.

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The SoundCloud Conundrum: The intersection of copyright holders and revenue sharing on user-generated content platforms.

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by Mike Spinelli

SoundCloud’s kettle boiled over this summer when major labels (“the majors”) started to enforce their intellectual property rights upsetting the service’s large community of Producers and DJs. After seven years of maintaining the same service, SoundCloud took drastic steps to change its design, and more importantly, its functionality. Many of the functionality changes likely occurred from the growing concern over potentially copyright-infringing works that inhabit the platform. Although SoundCloud has remedied the situation temporarily to satisfy the smaller artists, it could run into further problems down the road.

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adStream: Notes on Slacker’s mobile ads

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adStream is a journal of ad-stalking and interesting commercial sightings in online audio services. It had been a while since we had turned our ad-stalking attention to Slacker Radio. We wanted to see whether Slacker deployed a similar full-court press as Pandora, which frequently covers our phone screen with a graphic ad that must be manually closed to see what's playing.

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Editor’s Notebook: eMusic’s long road and changing identity

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by Brad Hill

Once a pioneer, subscription music-download site eMusic is striking out afresh with news of a change its music catalog to focus on indie labels and artists. The service will discontinue major-label recordings. In doing so, eMusic circles back to its roots as a champion of indie music, and of users who dig deeper than the hit charts.

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New survey shows radio needs better streaming to attract young listeners

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Mark Kassof shared data from a recent survey about the attitudes of teenagers toward FM radio. The 506 online surveys of respondents aged 13 to 20 revealed that only 7% listened to FM radio the most for music. Even online streams of terrestrial stations had limited reach. Just 16% of respondents said they listened to online radio station streams often, while 31% said the did so sometimes. Twenty percent hardly ever listened and 26% have never done so. Smartphone apps for AM and FM radio stations also had limited reach: 49% have never listened on those services.

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Judge finds Grooveshark liable for copyright infringements

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It seems yesterday’s news was just the tip of the iceberg in Grooveshark’s copyright woes. Today, a district court judge ruled that Grooveshark is liable for copyright infringement because its employees uploaded tracks without the labels’ permission. The judge determined that these uploads were not protected by the DCMA safe harbor provisions.

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