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Roger Lanctot: Free Radio @ Risk

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Could wireless carriers take over the broadcast of radio content, removing a vital source of free, over-the-air content and information delivery? Guest Columnist Roger Lanctot of Strategy Analytics examines the question in the context of a Teracom report which denies it could ever happen. Lanctot didn't think it could either ... until he heard the report.

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Spotify’s Lowlands research: Streaming supports and extends the value of live music

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The inverse relationship of streaming music and music sales is well known: Streaming up, sales down. A similar symbiotic relationship exists between music concerts and music sales. But how do streaming and concerts interact? Is the relationship mutually beneficial? That's what Spotify's Director of Economics Will Page set out to discover in a new study.

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Patrick Reynolds talks about the “meaty middle” of the FM sandwich

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Patrick Reynolds, Chief Strategy Officer of Triton Digital and a featured speaker at the upcoming RAIN Summit Europe in London on November 4, says that streaming could be the meat of the FM sandwich. That tasty analogy came up in a phone conversation with RAIN recently, in which Reynolds previewed the panel discussion he will moderate in London: "Measuring and Monetizing FM's Online Audience."

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Programmatic ad buying in streaming audio is increasingly important

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Programmatic ad buying is established in web display, but still a fairly new alternative for online radio and streaming audio. "It is a very important that we offer it as part of the mix," Alexis van der Wyer, CEO of ad-tech company AdsWizz told RAIN. "I strongly believe that although it's small in volume today, it will continue to grow. It will be an important component." We spoke with the AdsWizz CEO before he takes the stage at RAIN Summit Europe.

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Webcast Rate Proposals Now Public for 2016-2020; What Will the Copyright Royalty Board Consider?

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As webcasters have submitted their royalty-rate arguments to the Copyright Royalty Board, the fight for favorable music licensing rates shifts into high gear. Broadcast law attorney Davide Oxenford takes stock of key points in the submitted briefs, clearly summarizing complex considerations.

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AT&T no longer selling Beats Music subscriptions

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Demonstrating how blockbuster business deals can quickly change, AT&T has stopped offering new Beats Music subscriptions to its customers. Existing Beats subscriptions that were launched within the AT&T phone plans will continue unaffected. What directional guidance does this news offer on the question of how Apple will incorporate Beats Music?

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