4/17/13: Complete RAIN Summit West audio, photos now available

Paul Maloney
April 17, 2013 - 12:35pm

We're really happy to let you know that you can now hear complete audio from our recent RAIN Summit West conference in Las Vegas earlier this month. If you weren't able to make it out to Vegas for the show (or you were, and you'd like to review), audio of every panel, speech, and presentation is now available.

First, we've uploaded every element from the Summit as separate audio files to SoundCloud, which you can find here. Listen to each on-demand, in any order you want, when you're ready.

You can also listen to the Summit, front-to-back, as a stream from RAIN Summits streaming partner TuneIn (which carried audio live along with technology partner Backbone Networks). RAIN Summit West on TuneIn is here (if you have any problems connecting, please try both the AAC and MP3 streams -- you'll see links in the lower-right on TuneIn under "AVAILABLE STREAMS"). You can also listen via TuneIn's mobile app -- just look under "Talk" and "Technology," or search for "RAIN Summit."

Make sure you visit RAIN Summits' Facebook page as well for snapshots from the event (including the RAIN Reader Cocktail Party).

Registration is now open for the May 23 RAIN Summit Europe at the Hotel BLOOM! in Brussels. Please visit the RAIN Summit Europe page for agenda details and to register.

Paul Maloney
April 17, 2013 - 12:35pm

SoundExchange announced this week a record first-quarter distribution of $117.5 million to record labels and performers. SoundExchange is the music industry body that collects royalties digital services like Internet radio pay to perform copyright sound recordings.

The payout is nearly 10% more than Q1 2012's distribution.

SoundExchange recently released its 2012 earnings, revealing it had collected $502.2 million total from services including Pandora, SiriusXM, and Music Choice. It distributed $462 million last year as well, its highest annual payout to date (see SoundExchange's release here).

Industry attorney Angus MacDonald compared the 2012 SoundExchange release with Pandora's public financials (you can see them here). His analysis showed that nearly half of SoundExchange's 2012 $502.2 million revenue came solely from leading webcaster Pandora. What's more, Pandora's increased payment (due to listening growth) represented all of SoundExchange's 2011-2012 revenue growth.

Read more from MacDonald in RAIN here.

Paul Maloney
April 17, 2013 - 12:35pm

According to a new report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, mobile ad revenue more than doubled in a record-setting 2012, making it the year's fastest-growing digital segment.

The report shows digital ad revenues overall hit $36.6 billion last year, up 15% over 2011. Mobile ads now account for 9% of the digital ad total.

IAB President and CEO Randall Rothenberg commented, "Mobile, in particular, soared due to its ubiquity and intrinsic ability to serve as a powerful digital dashboard that travels with you from morning commute to nighttime video viewing and beyond."

IAB VP/Training & Development Michael Theodore, moderating the RAIN Summit West "Profiting from Mobile" panel (recap here), questioned what he thought was the underlying premise of the panel. That is: why isn't mobile revenue growing as fast as it should be?

He said, "Those who feel mobile isn’t generating enough dollars are way too impatient." He also hinted that the (at the time) forthcoming IAB report would show big gains for mobile.

Other digital segments showing 2011-2012 growth include digital video (up 29%), search (up 14.5%), and display (up nearly 9%).

Read the IAB's report summary here. TechCrunch covered this here.