RAIN 3/13: Execs from iHeartRadio, Edison, Live365, AdSwizz join RAIN Summit agenda

Michael Schmitt
March 13, 2012 - 1:05pm

Sean RossRAIN Summit West 2012 is just over a month away and we still have quite a long list of speakers to announce! Today we're announcing four more, including a respected industry journalist and executives from Live365, Clear Channel / iHeartRadio, and AdsWizz.

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

Sean Ross (pictured right) is both Executive VP of Music and Programming for Edison Research and the author of the Ross on Radio Radio-Info newsletter. He's one of the radio and music industry’s most widely respected writers and programming analysts. Ross will moderate our panel on Personalizable Radio.

Owen GroverOne of the panelists of that discussion will be Owen Grover (pictured left), SVP of the iHeartRadio Network at Clear Channel Radio. Grover has served at Clear CHannel for over six years and has a strong background in digital media and music with a focus on marketing and business development.

Alexis van de Wyer Alexis van de Wyer (pictured right), President of AdsWizz, will speak as part of our Charting Digital Audio Ad Dollars panel. AdsWizz is a global AdServing and Audience Measurement technology provider with leading presence in over 24 countries. Before AdsWizz, Alexis was Global Advertising Director and General Manager at eBay.

Dan SteinyRAIN Summit West 2012 will also feature a discussion on The Connected Dashboard, including panelist Dan Steiny (pictured left), Head of Business Development for Live365. He has more than 15 years of industry experience and has served at companies like Sony, Motorola Mobility, Compaq, Liquid Audio, MediaNet Digital and PBS Home Video.

Other speakers set to appear at RAIN Summit West 2012 include DAR.fm's Michael Roberston, Spotify's Jon Mitchell, TAG Strategic's Ted Cohen and many others. ESPN SVP of Production/Business Divisions Traug Keller will keynote the conference. RAIN will announce more speakers and panel topics in the coming weeks.

RAIN Summit West 2012RAIN Summit West will take place on Sunday, 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/RAB Radio Show. Registration includes access to the NAB/RAB Radio Show Exhibit Hall and a catered box lunch. RAIN registrants can save $100 on NAB/RAB Radio Show 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, in Minneapolis (at the Conclave) on July 20, and in Berlin, Germany on October 5th.

Paul Maloney
March 13, 2012 - 1:05pm

Just last week (here) we wrote about Audiogalaxy, a name from the past with a new music locker/Net radio hybrid service.

Today comes news out of SXSW that mSpot has developed a 3-in-1 combo of Net radio, cloud music storage, and on-demand (a la Spotify) service. Codenamed "Aria," it's currently in a "proof of concept" phase.

MSpot CEO Daren Tsui told Evolver.fm. "This is about combining three different experiences and getting something much bigger than the sum of the parts, because the music can build on itself... Let’s say I’m listening to a Lady Gaga song from my locker... there’s a little lightbulb icon which means discovery and recommendation. You click on that, and it takes the song that you’re currently listening to and it will recommend other artists from the ten-million-song catalog. Another category will recommend various internet radio stations."

We first heard of mSpot back in 2005, when it was among the first (if not the first) to launch a mobile-focused Internet radio service (see our coverage here and here). Last year the company launched an Android app that recommends streaming radio stations based on music the user owns (see RAIN here).

Read Evolver.fm's coverage here.

Michael Schmitt
March 13, 2012 - 1:05pm

Rhapsody for mobile devicesLike it is for many Internet radio services, mobile makes up half of on-demand music platform Rhapsody's listening. That's "a large percentage, considering the company’s ten-year history as a desktop music player," writes Evolver.fm's Eliot Van Buskirk. The ratio may tip further in favor of mobile, as Rhapsody soon plans to allow Facebook users to try its mobile apps for free -- no credit card required.

Van Buskirk says a "major factor" for Rhapsody's high mobile usage is in-car listening. Rhapsody is reportedly looking to integrate its service into car dashboards. 

However, “the problem with the car right now is that it’s so fractured,” said product head Jon Maples. “We could hit all the major players, and we wouldn’t even get five percent of all cars.” Other problems to overcome include open APIs for basic functions (Play/Pause, Skip, etc.) and ways around mobile data limts, like offline playback.

Evolver.fm has more coverage here. Rhapsody's Chief Product Officer Brendan Benzing will appear at RAIN Summit West 2012 (more info here).

Michael Schmitt
March 13, 2012 - 1:05pm

Stitcher Radio in a BMWBMW revealed yesterday it's integrating Stitcher Radio into cars with BMW Apps or Mini Connected services.

Stitcher is a news radio and pocast service that's often referred to as Pandora for news radio. In-dash use of Stitcher requires a connected iPhone. Drivers can use BMW's dashboard system to create or remove stations and provide feedback like "More Like This" or "Listeners Also Like."

Engadget has a hands-on video here.