Last Call! Final day to submit your company for RAIN Summit startup showcase

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Last day!

RAIN Summits will feature the Streaming Audio's Startup Economy discussion panel at RAIN Summit West, April 12 in Las Vegas.

Early-stage startups -- this is your invitation to apply for a chair on the panel. Present your early-stage business at the premiere information and networking event for the streaming audio industry. Send your submission today! CLICK THROUGH for details.

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Internet Radio Rewind #032: New congressional bill; new podcast network; more

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A weekly podcast from RAIN News

Sponsored by AudioBoom

A six-minute blast of news you need to know in streaming audio.

THIS WEEK: Local Radio Freedom Act hits Congress; a new podcast network; Led Zeppelin loosens the leash; streaming audio growth projection; something new for Radioplayer; Russell Brand podcast; Starbucks leaves behind CDs.

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Björk questions freemium, but embraces other music technologies

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Björk has built the reputation as one of music's more unique and innovative performers and songwriters, so it's no surprise that many people listen up to hear her perspective on the industry today. In an interview with Fast Company, Björk addressed some of the challenges that go into releasing an album in today’s music market. She has opted to keep her new album off of Spotify over concerns about its freemium business model.

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Local Radio Freedom Act arrives in Congress

One of the most intractable issues in music licensing is broadcast radio's exemption from performance royalties to artists and labels for the use of recorded music. The exemption has the weight of history: It has always been so in the U.S., though not in most other countries with government-regulated music licensing. The situation's rarity is not of concern to advocates of radio's licensing privilege, who assert that radio's traditional role in driving awareness, success, and sales of music performers is as vital today as ever.

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