The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) ruling of new webcast royalty rates to labels was published in the Federal Register yesterday, per process schedule. Now begins a one-month appeal window, during which participants may file litigation which contests the ruling. Who is permitted to appeal, and who is not? Click for details.[read more]
RAIN News has learned that Radionomy has pulled its stations from TuneIn's U.S. listening audience, over the cost of music licensing under the new Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) royalty rates. Radionomy told RAIN News that the company asked TuneIn to geo-block the U.S. from Radionomy streams. It is the latest disruption in the webcast industry coming from CRB rates implemented on January 1.[read more]
RAIN is pleased to announce that The Streaming Audio Advertising Summit, June 2 in New York, is now open for registration. The event, which will focus on exploring the advantages of the marketing opportunities of online audio, will take place from 9:00AM to 1:00PM at the beautiful Metropolitan Pavilion. Click for details.[read more]
"Before I turn to the corporate update and the latest quarterly results, I want to offer some perspective on this company that I founded with two friends over 16 years ago."
That is how Tim Westergren, Founder and second-time CEO of Pandora, began yesterday's earnings call for Q1 2016. In a remarkable stretch of speech-making from him and COO Sara Clemens, Pandora set the stage for its Q1 financial reporting by aligning with musicians and detailing how its products and business strategies differentiate from competitors.
Click through for details and perspective.[read more]
Pandora has released a new TV commercial in its line of "The Next Song Matters" series, called The Song. The new spot takes the theme of Pandora's first ad in this series (The Next Song) -- the joyous impact of the perfect song at the perfect time -- and compresses it into the deep feeling of music generally. In both, there is an underlying message of perfect music provided by non-interactive listening.[read more]
Ezra Kucharz, President of CBS Local Digital Media, is leaving his CBS position, and will take on a consulting role as Special Advisor to the CEO of CBS. Kucharz made an informal announcement of his move in a LinkedIn note, and also circulated a memo to his team.[read more]
The smartphone is one of the most influential consumer electronics categories of the last 20 years. It certainly influences how Americans listen to radio and internet-delivered audio. At RAIN Summit West, Edison Research President Larry Rosin brought new metrics about smartphone listening from Edison's ongoing Share of Ear and Infinite Dial consumer surveys. A shift is underway, too dramatic to disregard.[read more]
Triton Digital and Dentsu, the world's largest advertising agency, announced today the extension of Triton's a2x programmatic audio advertising platform to Japan via Dentsu's Cyber Communications Inc. (CCI) division. CCI will manage Japanese streaming audio inventory in that market in a new Dentsu division called "Premium Audio Series."[read more]
"I sleep pretty well at night," Ginny Morris said to Paul Jacobs at RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas. Ginny Morris (CEO and Chair of Hubbard Radio) delivered a keynote presentation that included a chat with the Jacobs Media VP. But one thing does give pause to Morris' optimism, and that is self-driving cars. Listen to her discuss the future.[read more]
Hubbard Radio has announced the promotion of Jeremy Sinon to Director of Digital Strategy. Sinon previously divided his time between the corporate DD role and managing digital initiatives for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Hubbard stations. At his new desk, Sinon will oversee the entire group's digital strategy.[read more]
Webcast listening in February grew by 8% compared to January, and notched a 17% rise year-over-year, according to Triton Digital's monthly Webcast Metrics Top 20 Ranker, released yesterday. Click through for historical charts.[read more]
Futuri Media publicly announced POST, a broadcaster tool for creating on-demand audio, a new product exclusively introduced by Futuri CEO Daniel Anstandig at RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas on Sunday. POST makes it easy to clip segments from linear radio and re-purpose them as on-demand audio.[read more]