2/18/13: Several Net radio industry leaders to speak at tomorrow's SanFran MusicTech

Paul Maloney
February 18, 2013 - 12:10pm

The twelfth installment of the acclaimed SanFran MusicTech Summit is tomorrow, at San Francisco's Hotel Kabuki (in Japantown). AccuRadio CEO and RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson will participate, as will several other industry professionals involved in the Internet radio sector.

Pandora Director of Playlist Engineering Eric Bieschke was the company's second employee. He works with the musical intelligence and listener data that shapes Pandora's music experiences.

SoundExchange (the company that administers webcasting sound recording royalties) senior counsel for Licensing & Enforcement Brad Prendergast will appear too, as will composer/performer Zoë Keating (she's the artist who made public her Pandora royalties, and said she'd be happier receiving listener data than small payments, here).

Rhapsody president Jon Irwin will keynote our own RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas in April (here). He'll also appear at SanFran MusicTech Summit tomorrow.

While SanFran MusicTech is tomorrow from 9a to 6p (followed by a cocktail party and afterparty), there's an opening night gathering tonight. Audio from the panels will be posted to SoundCloud, USTREAM.tv will live-stream content, and there's an official mobile app too. There's more, including registration, here.

Paul Maloney
February 18, 2013 - 12:10pm

Two Texas Congressmen on Friday reintroduced a resolution to oppose sound recording performance rights on AM/FM radio -- and brought back the term "performance tax" along with it.

Reps. Gene Greene (D) and K. Michael Conaway (TX) are behind House Concurrent Resolution 16: Supporting the Local Radio Freedom Act, with cosponsor support from 72 other lawmakers (57 Republicans, 15 Democrats). It's the same proposal the two introduced in February of 2011.

"The recording industry has lobbied for a new 'performance tax,'" reads a joint statement from Greene and Conaway. "Local radio already provides free advertising and promotion for the recording industry, and these fees could put the future of these stations in jeopardy."

Recording industry group musicFirst Coalition executive director Ted Kalo points to recent voluntary marketplace deals between broadcasters and record labels (e.g. Clear Channel and Big Machine) argue against the supposed danger to radio of performance royalties.

Read more in FMQB here.

Paul Maloney
February 18, 2013 - 12:10pm

DAR.fm is the online radio service that allows users to record streamed audio content to listen to later (like a DVR, but with audio, thus the service's name). DAR creater Michael Robertson has now introduced a "sharing" function he says caters to the Internet's "short McNugget-size" media appetite.

While listening, DAR.fm users can click a Share button to select a short segment to to upload to YouTube, along with a short description, and then share the link to the snippet on social media.

"Rarely does one see links to interesting radio bits on Facebook or Twitter," Robertson wrote in his blog, introducing what he's calling "Project Friendship" (yep, as in "My Little Pony"). "For the first time it's as easy to share a radio clip as it is a web page, picture or video clip."

Try the new "Share" feature at DAR.fm.