3/26/13: RAIN Summits to host its second European event in May

Paul Maloney
March 26, 2013 - 12:10pm

RAIN Summits, which hosts the Internet radio industry's premiere educational and networking events (in conjunction with this publication), announced it will host the second annual RAIN Summit Europe on May 23 in Brussels, Belgium.

Europe's Internet radio professionals are invited to the Hotel Bloom! for the full-day event. Already confirmed to appear are David Deslandes of Deezer (France), Kjartan Slette of WiMP (Norway), Media UK's James Cridland (UK), and Simon Gooch of SBS Radio/Radio Play (Sweden).

RAIN Summit Europe will engage Europe's web radio leaders on topics including audience measurement, multi-platform distribution (especially mobile/in-dash), ad sales, and audience growth. Last year's RAIN Summit Europe, at the nHow Hotel in Berlin, featured more than three dozen speakers and attracted over 200 attendees.

RAIN Summits is still adding speakers and panelists. You can get the latest details, and a link to register, on the RAIN Summit Europe page here.

Paul Maloney
March 26, 2013 - 12:10pm

The expert DJ knows the power of not only playing the right songs, but in the right order to create flow. Microsoft and Spotify have teamed with music intelligence firm The Echo Nest and created a visual tool to sort music playlists based on the songs' characteristics.

It's called Mixshape. It uses Spotify's music library, The Echo Nest's database of music data, and is built for Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system's and Internet Explorer 10 web browser's touch-screen interface.

Playlist curators manipulate shapes on the screen to manage the tempo of the song flow. The shapes are arranged in song order, with different colors to represent key, shapes for "feel," and speed of the animation represents tempo and energy. When the playlist has been properly shaped, it can be exported to Spotify, where it can be played and shared via social media.

MixShape launched today in the UK, but should be accessible in all of Spotify's markets.

The Echo Nest CEO Jim Lucchese will take part in the "Accelerating Your Audience Growth" panel at RAIN Summit West April 7 in Las Vegas. Spotify VP/West Coast Ad Sales Michael Jackel will speak on the "Jump Start Your Revenue" panel. More details (and registration link) here.

Read more about Mixshape at TheNextWeb here; also in The Echo Nest's blog here. The Mixshape site is here.

Paul Maloney
March 26, 2013 - 12:10pm

"Social radio" platform company Jelli now has a patent for the "Social Broadcasting User Experience."

Jelli announced today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded it U.S. Patent 8,392,206 for its "broad range of methods related to audience participation with a broadcast."

When broadcasters use the Jelli platform, listeners use the web or Jelli mobile apps to control what's played via real-time voting and game elements. Jelli also runs its own advertising platform, which is available independent of the social platform. More than 175 radio stations use Jelli now.