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AudioHQ launches ad network with 8tracks partnership

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AudioHQ, a digital audio ad-repping company, entered the market today with an announcement of a launch partnership with 8tracks, the crowdsourced uploading and listening platform. AudioHQ started in May of this year, and RAIN spoke with CEO Matt Cutair about his company, the digital audio advertising marketplace, and the 8tracks alliance.

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Nielsen streaming radio measurement in the wings

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At RAIN Summit Indy last week, Nielsen SVP of Digital, spoke on the Big Data panel, during which he fielded this question from the audience: "Could you give us an update about where Arbitron [Nielsen Audio] is in measuring streaming radio, and what we can potentially see in the future?" Nielsen president Steve Hasker divulged more detail at a Goldman Sachs conference.

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Michael Robertson: 5 Reasons Why NextRadio Makes No Sense

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This guest contribution by Michael Robertson, founder of Internet Radio Search Engine and DAR.fm, was originally posted on Google Plus. On that site, the article is followed by an interesting comment discussion featuring James Cridland, a frequent RAIN contributor. Here, Roberston takes NextRadio to task. Right or wrong? Leave a comment!

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Pureplay of the Day: Idiosyncratic Transmissions

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Idiosyncratic Transmissions bears the signs of careful and knowledgeable curation. While dishing out surprising and rewarding discoveries of eclectic music (mixed with a few standard rock/pop gems), there is a comforting, easygoing quality to the listening. We had it on for hours this morning, and the song mix had us looking up to see what was playing several times, without intruding with any attention-getting blasts.

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Gift horse: Apple/U2 promo suffers angry user pushback

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Apple's music platforms -- iTunes and iTunes Radio -- have issued innumerable album previews and exclusive releases. Promotions of those events seek to drive sales in an era when streaming is eating into music ownership. Taking the concept a step further, Apple bundled U2 released U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, globally, by dumping the album directly into iPhones, iPods, and iPads throughout its vast user base. Much gnashing of teeth ensued.

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Webcast listening flat in July; year-over-year growth (Triton)

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Month-over-month webcast listening was flat in July, according to Triton Digital's monthly Webcast Metrics Top 20 Ranker. Our analysis also looks at the year-to-date view, and (for the first time), a three-year that incorporates Pandora's monumental listening growth. In percentage terms, Clear Channel has nearly kept pace.

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Edison reveals new “Share of Ear” metrics at RAIN Summit Indy

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In a special presentation at RAIN Summit Indy on Tuesday, Larry Rosin, President of Edison Research, broke out new statistics from the "Share of Ear" study conducted earlier this year, and initially summarized in June. Attempting to quantify how American adults listened to audio from all sources, Share of Ear attributed 11.6% of listening to Internet Radio -- in the study context, that meant both non-interactive services like Pandora, and interactive services like Spotify. In the RAIN Summit presentation, Larry Rosin unpacked that metric to illuminate more detailed findings.

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IAB releases first digital audio ad standard: DAAST

The Interactive Advertising Bureau will release the first standard template for digital audio advertisements today, called the "Digital Audio Ad Service Template" (DAAST). The breakthrough standard was developed by an industry coalition organized by the IAB (the IAB Digital Audio Ad Serving Template Working Group).

The purpose of DAAST is to promote a technical ecosystem in which advertisers, publishers, agencies, and consumer playback devices are aligned to coherently deliver and track streamed audio advertising.

RAIN spoke to Scott Cunningham of the IAB, and Benjamin Masse, co-chair of the Working Group and SVP of Triton Digital.

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Kurt Hanson’s AccuRadio raises $2.5-million funding

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Internet radio pioneer AccuRadio announced a $2.5-million investment from NantWorks LLC, headed by entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. AccuRadio was founded by CEO Kurt Hanson, also RAIN News Founding Editor. Kurt Hanson began building AccuRadio in 2000. It was an experiment first, and became a hardy first-mover in what has evolved into a crowded field littered with music services that did not survive. Today's press release notes that AccuRadio operates profitably.

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