RAIN Hotspots: Dec. 16 – 20

The five most-read articles this week in RAIN. Thanks for reading!

  1. The top news this week was Pandora losing its court argument with music publishing agency BMI. It was a surprise because Pandora won a similar decision a few weeks earlier, in a case brought by ASCAP. The upshot is that Pandora might have to sit down at the table with individual publishers, to continue using some tracks in its catalog.
  2. Readers were interested in Norman Pattiz, ex-CEO and founder of radio group Westwood One, who is spending his retirement years building Podcast One. “Because there is no industry, I’m doing it myself,” he told us. In the interview, Pattiz explains how his company works, and what he projects for the future.
  3. Triton Digital released its monthly Webcast Metrics Top 20 Ranker this week, showing all-time high Internet listening for the month. As always, RAIN analyzed the long-term trendlines. Who doesn’t love charts?
  4. In an unexpected announcement, streaming platform Radionomy and audio ad network TargetSpot combined in an business restructuring that will expand TargetSpot into European territories, and favor Radionomy with new technology.
  5. How do radio stations use Twitter? Not well, according to a study released this week that RAIN readers clicked into en masse.

Brad Hill

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