RAIN 2/14: Chief execs from Triton Media Group and The Echo Nest join RAIN Summit West line-up

Michael Schmitt
February 14, 2012 - 12:00pm

Jim Lucchese, CEO of The Echo NestToday RAIN announces the addition of two more industry executives to the agenda of RAIN Summit West 2012: CEO of The Echo Nest Jim Lucchese and President/CEO of Triton Media Group Neal Schore.

The conference takes place Sunday, April 15 in Las Vegas (more info below).

Lucchese (pictured right) has worked in digital music strategy and corporate development for about 15 years, holding positions at Greenberg Traurig, Hughes and Webnoize/DMN. Now he serves as CEO of The Echo Nest, the music intelligence company that powers Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Custom Radio service, as well as web radio offerings from Spotify, MOG and others. More than 250 applications have been built using The Echo Nest platform. Find out more abotu Lucchese and The Echo Nest here.

Schore (pictured below left) has over 20 years of media experience as a principal and operating executive and is the founding President and CEO of Triton Media Group. He has also served as Managing Partner and CEO of Midway Marketing Group, LLC (a media advisory firm), as founding President of Brite Media Group, among other entrepreneurial executive positions. You can find out more about Schore on Triton Media Group's website here.

Neal Schore, President/CEO of Triton Media GroupOther speakers set to appear at RAIN Summit West 2012 include Pandora SVP of Advertising Sales Steven Kritzman, Slacker President/CEO Jim Cady, MP3tunes Founder/CEO Michael Robertson and others. ESPN SVP, Production/Business Divisions Traug Keller will keynote the conference. RAIN will announce more speakers and panel topics in the coming weeks.

RAIN Summit West will take place on April 15 at the former Las Vegas Hilton, now called the LVH -- Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. It will conclude with the always-anticipated tradition of the poolside RAIN Reader Cocktail Party.

The Summit is an official “Co-Located Education Program” of the NAB Show. Registration includes access to the NAB Show Exhibit Hall and a catered box lunch. RAIN registrants can save $100 on NAB registration.

For registration and sponsorship information, visit kurthanson.com/rainsummitwest.

Other RAIN Summits are planned for later this year in Dallas (at the RAB/NAB Radio Show) on September 18th and in Berlin, Germany on October 5th. 

Michael Schmitt
February 14, 2012 - 12:00pm

In coming years most home audio products will ship with the ability to somehow stream web radioBy 2014, 60% of home audio products shipped in the U.S., Europe and Japan will include network connectivity -- meaning the ability to stream web music directly and/or connect to other web-connected devices, like an iPhone. That's according to a new forecast from Futuresource Consulting.

In 2012, 10% of home audio products will ship with such connectivity.

Futuresource Consulting also predicts that 62% of of AV receivers will ship with network connectivity this year, up from 28% last year. By 2015, 90% of receivers shipped will be able to somehow play web content.

WD TV LiveWeb radio and mobile devices may be driving the trend, says Futuresource.

"Subscription services and Internet radio are also, [in addition to iPhones and iPads], driving more interest in networking, and with the inclusion of Wi-Fi enabled devices, consumers can stream music directly through installed apps rather than relying on embedded technology," a Futuresource spokesperson said.

Twice.com has more coverage here.

Meanwhile, SiliconValley.com reviews two such home entertainment streaming devices you may not have heard of: the WD TV Live from Western Digital (pictured left) and Netgear's NeoTV Streaming Player.

Both offer access to web radio services like Pandora and TuneIn, while the latter even includes Spotify. You can find SiliconValley.com's review of the devices here.

Michael Schmitt
February 14, 2012 - 12:00pm

Mobile devicesCisco forecasts that by the end of 2012, "the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on Earth."

The company goes on the predict that "by 2016 there will be 1.4 mobile devices per capita." And by 2016 there will be more than 10 billion web-connected devices, "exceeding the world's population at that time (7.3 billion)." 

Meanwhile, Cisco says global mobile data traffic doubled in 2011 -- the fourth year in a row it did so. Cisco says it will grow 18-fold by 2016, matching the equivalent of 4.3 quadrillion MP3 files.

"Not surprisingly, streaming content, video in particular, is expected to play a huge role in increasing data traffic," writes Ars Technica, which has more coverage here.