9/5/13: Apple hiring ad execs for iAd and iTunes Radio

Paul Maloney
September 5, 2013 - 9:00am

Apple is reportedly beefing up its sales force as it expands its iAd mobile advertising network and readies its iTunes Radio webcasting service.

AdAge reports (hat-tip to Tom Taylor, who covers the story today in Tom Taylor now here) Apple posted want ads on its job board for five iAd-related jobs, plus another 35 to LinkedIn in August alone. Apple's job openings include account coordinators, ad design managers, project managers, and engineers to create new rich media ads for iAd. The company is also hiring ad execs with creative experience to work with advertisers and agencies to create better ads.

AdAge's coverage links to an eMarketer report from June projecting iAd U.S. revenue growth from $213 million this year to $376 million in 2014 and $623 million in 2015.

Apple will hold a special media event on Tuesday, reportedly to unveil two new iPhone models. Observers believe the new mobile operating system, iOS 7, will go live a week or so later, and with it, Apple's heralded iTunes Radio Internet radio service.

Read more in AdAge here.

Paul Maloney
September 5, 2013 - 9:00am

The Next Web (via Hypebot) reports Playlist.com is transitioning each of the 80 million user-created playlists it hosts into "smart" online radio stations. And with them, Playlist.com says it will offer a "Pepsi Challenge"-style listening test to compare its new recommendation service to Pandora's artist stations.

RAIN readers may remember Playlist.com relaunched in July as a webcast service after telling listeners record labels "forced" it to abandon its on-demand, playlist-creating model (see our coverage here). Playlist.com is now working with music intelligence vendor The Echo Nest, which has taken each user playlist and created a custom radio station for it.

The service has a library of 20 million licensed songs, and offers 500 genre-based stations, in addition to the brand new playlist-generated streams.

Robert Davidorf, Playlist.com CEO, said, "We feel that Pandora is a little bit stagnant in [terms of features]...I think their service is not something that they’ve innovated on from a consumer standpoint very much in the past several years."

Read more in Hypebot here and The Next Web here.

Paul Maloney
September 5, 2013 - 9:00am

Continuing our coverage of RAIN Awards semi-finalists, today we reveal those entrants advancing to the next round for the "Best Streaming Broadcaster."

We'll present the fourth annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards on September 17 at RAIN Summit Orlando. So far this week, we're announced the semi-finalists for the categories of "Best Single Stream Webcaster" (see them here) and "Best Overall Digital Strategy" (here).

Congratulations to these semi-finalists, limited to AM or FM broadcasters that stream online, from which our judges will determine the station that has executed the best streaming strategy. This award was one of two ESPN Radio took home last year (it also shared "Best Overall Online Radio Service" with Pandora -- and it's in the running again to defend its crown). Other previous winners were CJNW "Hot 107"/Edmonton (2011) and 1500 AM ESPN/Minneapolis-St. Paul (2010).

Click the links below to visit each station's site and tune in, and see why we feel they deserve further consideration for a RAIN Award:

We'll reveal the finalists for all five categories next week. Thanks to all the services that entered our Awards this year.

We created the RAIN Internet Radio Awards to better recognize the achievements and the best practices of our industry, and have presented them at the last three RAIN Summit fall events. Read more about the Awards here.

RAIN Summit Orlando -- an Official Partner Event to The Radio Show produced by the NAB and RAB -- looks to continue our tradition of hosting the industry's premiere learning, sharing, and networking events. Entercom president and CEO David Field will keynote. The day will also include panel discussions, a research presentation from GroupM Next, and RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson's State of the Industry address. More information, and the registration link, for RAIN Summit Orlando is here.

Paul Maloney
September 5, 2013 - 9:00am

To celebrate its tenth year of broadcasting from the IFA Consumer Electronics & Home Appliance Show in Berlin, "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" has brought on a new reporter, Kameron Graveline.

Sixteen-month-old Kameron Graveline (Dave's grandson)!

The IFA show itself is rich in tech history -- Albert Einstein was its first Keynote Speaker in 1924! "Into Tomorrow's" special IFA broadcasts will air the weekends of September 13th and 20th.

"Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" is a three-hour radio program, now in its 18th Year, that airs every weekend on over 190 AM and FM radio stations across the U.S. and Canada, and online. Check out the show here.