Spotify released its 2013 financials, with a basic P&L that tells a vigorous growth story, higher revenue, and lower loss compared to the previous year. At the same time, most of the gross revenue was paid into the music industry as licensing expenses.[read more]
Nielsen posted interesting observations derived from a study of streaming activity for the week ending November 9. In that week, for the first time in the 10 years that Nielsen has been tracking online audio, more than 4-billion streams were consumed. Video streams also broke a record, surpassing 2-billion.[read more]
Podcast producer, ad-repping company, and listening platform Podcast One issued a takedown demand to podcast listening app Stitcher, calling for the removal of Podcast One programs from the Stitcher platform. We spoke with Podcast One founder Norm Pattiz about the situation status, and what it means for podcasting.[read more]
More Christmas listening than anyone can bear, thanks to George Bundy's excellent annual directory of Christmas streaming at Webradio.fm. The Christmas Internet Radio page is a listing of broadcasters whose stations (or HD extensions) are into all-Christmas, followed by a long list of pureplay holiday programming.[read more]
Thanks to AccuRadio, which sponsored the video production of our London Summit on November 4, and thanks also to the outstanding audiovisual production team at 1 Wimpole Street, we can offer RAIN Summit Europe panels for viewing.[read more]
adStream is an ad-stalking journal in streaming audio.
Video ads in audio streams often convey the entire marketing message, even to listeners who aren't looking at the screen, which is often the case. We have also spotted some video commercials on music services that require watching to deliver a fully branded message.
The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) released its third-quarter revenue report. In it, digital advertising revenue continues its year-over-year growth story, while traditional spot revenue continues to show incremental decline from comparison quarters.[read more]
Everyone knows that listening to Mozart makes babies smarter. Even if that's not true, a background soundtrack of Mozart's music is somehow conducive to working and mental clarity. Radio Mozart has you covered.[read more]
iHeartRadio is the first streaming music service to plant its flag in the Yo App Index. Yo is a simple social messaging service that launched in April, and has about two-million users.[read more]
The biggest podcast hit today is "Serial," a wholly original spinoff of This American Life. The true-crime show which investigates a real-world murder case, delivers 1.5-million downloads per episode, and iTunes (the most important distribution point for podcasting in general), noted today that Serial was the fastest podcast to reach five-million downloads and streams. The program is seeking donations to spin off from "This American Life" for a second season.[read more]
A weekly podcast from RAIN News
A six-minute blast of news you need to know in streaming music and online audio. This week: YouTube Music Key subscription service; Irving Azoff prepares to sue; Beats Music in iOS; Uber & Spotify invent the connected taxi; Pandora is king of mobile; Billboard chart is modernized for streaming; NPR streaming metrics; listening to sports on TuneIn.[read more]
TuneIn has built a powerful differentiation in sports streaming this year, and today announced another notch in its belt. The streaming platform has partnered with IMG and Learfield Sports to carry broadcasts of 85 men's college basketball teams, including top-ranked programs.[read more]