3/29/13: BMW adds steering wheel control for TuneIn, Rhapsody iOS apps

Paul Maloney
March 29, 2013 - 12:05pm

Automaker BMW will integrate dashboard/steering control for Apple iPhone apps that include TuneIn, Rhapsody, and Audible. (Glympse, a fourth app partner, is a location sharing service.)

The apps will be available in the BMW Apps option in model year 2011 and later BMWs, and require an Apple smartphone. The iPhone links to the center console via USB cable or through an available snap-in adapter. All functions can then be operated with the car's iDrive controller, steering wheel buttons, and on-board monitor.

Strategy Analytics Associate Director Roger Lanctot will moderate the "Dashboard Discussions" panel at RAIN Summit West on April 7 in Las Vegas. Lanctot, a leading authority in the automotive technology field, and industry experts will discuss how best radio and webcasting can exploit the new technology that is bringing IP services to the car dashboard. Panelists include TuneIn's Carl Rohling, Panasonic's Hakan Kostepen, jacAPPS' Paul Jacobs, Aha by Harman's Chia-Lin Simmons, and Entercom's Amy Van Hook.

Paul Maloney
March 29, 2013 - 12:05pm

Radio programming and management veteran and AccuRadio COO John Gehron (right) is one of radio luminaries confirmed to appear at The Conclave in July.

Event organizers this week announced its first round of speakers for "Conclave 38: The Learning Conference," July 17-19 at the Minneapolis/Park Place Doubletree Hotel. The Conclave begins with the fourth annual "Jacobs Media Summer School."

Also scheduled to appear are HipCricket CEO Ivan Braiker, Jacobs Media president Fred Jacobs and Digital & Social Media Strategist Lori Lewis, Chris Miller Digital principal Chris Miller, Edison Research co-founder and president Larry Rosin, and Sabo Media principal Walter Sabo.

More info on The Conclave is here.

Paul Maloney
March 29, 2013 - 12:05pm

Radio Ink reports today the former Katz360 president Brian Benedik (right) has joined subscription music service Spotify as VP/North America Ad Sales. He'll be based in New York.

Benedik left Katz 360 in September (RAIN coverage here). Radio Ink's coverage today is here.

Spotify will be represented at RAIN Summit West April 7 in Las Vegas by VP/West Coast Ad Sales Michael Jackel. He and Katz360 VP/Sales Dean Mandel will both take part in the "Jump Start Your Revenue" panel (more here).

Paul Maloney
March 29, 2013 - 12:05pm

The RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter website will be temporarily offline on Monday afternoon for a scheduled (and overdue) service upgrade (perhaps the joke will be on us for scheduling this on April 1).

The maintenance should not take long, and will hopefully result in a speedier and more robust site.

Our RAIN Summits pages (and links to register for our events) will not be affected by this maintenance.