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Kurt Hanson: Hope to See You in London!

Online radio is not just a North American phenomenon — it’s a global one. Reflecting the global nature of online radio, we are about to host our third annual RAIN Summit Europe, on Tuesday, November 4th. After successful events in Berlin in 2012 and Brussels in 2013, this year we’re coming to London … and here is why you should join us! Continue Reading

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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. Continue Reading

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Conversation with Ryan Farish: New paths to music success

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by Brad Hill

Ryan Farish is an electronic-music composer and producer, a pioneer of the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) genre which is surging in popularity, and a Grammy-nominated songwriter. He coined the defining sub-genre of his music as Positive Chillout, a category now in use by other musicians.

Farish will be featured onstage at RAIN Summit Indy, September 9 in Indianapolis, in a panel titled “EDM: Streaming a New Path to Success.” In anticipation, RAIN spoke with Ryan Farish by phone, asking about how his star career unfolded without the traditional leverage of broadcast radio or a major-label deal. Continue Reading

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Focus on advertising models at RAIN Summit Indy

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In-stream advertising has taken leaps forward in the last year, both in technology and advertiser demand. There are in-stream audio messaging, voice activated ads, geo-fenced and zip code targeted campaigns, branded playlists and sponsored downloads. These innovations, and questions of building ad models that encourage asdvertisers to invest with confidence, will be placed in a bright spotlight at RAIN Summit Indy, September 9 at the Indiana Convention Center. Continue Reading

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The impact of mobile at RAIN Summit Indy

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When Jason Calacanis delivered his powerful keynote address at RAIN Summit West in April, he ended with a declaration: “Mobile is the only thing that matters. Mobile is the only thing that matters. Mobile is the only thing that matters.” Calacanis was projecting into the future, and his conviction is documented in the present, with trendlines showing that audio is increasingly a walk-around activity.

RAIN Summit Indy will bring these trendlines and much more to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis on September 9, in the Mobile Is the New Black panel. Continue Reading

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Eric Bieschke, Chief Scientist at Pandora, to speak at RAIN Summit Indy

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RAIN Summit Indy announces that Eric Bieschke, Chief Scientist at Pandora who leads one of the most significant Big Data operations in digital music, will be a speaker.

Eric Bieschke joined Pandora as its second employee in 2000. He will bring his unique depth of experience and preeminent reputation as a data guru to RAIN Summit Indy on September 9 at the Indiana Convention Center. Continue Reading

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RAIN Summit Indy to present vital copyright issues

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In what most observers regard as a crucial year for music licensing, copyright, and royalties, RAIN Summit Indy will face the issues head-on with a panel of experts to demystify the complexities and throw light on the issues. The Royalty Reset session will discuss the potential impact on the Internet radio industry of possible changes to the U.S. music-licensing regulations. It comes at a time when, remarkably, nearly all parties involved (music rights owners, performing rights organizations, senators and members of congress, musicians) agree that current law is broken. But there is no accord on which parts need overhaul. Continue Reading