RAIN 8/3: If it's Oct. 5th, we must be in Berlin (for RAIN Summit Europe)!

Paul Maloney
August 3, 2012 - 1:10pm

For the first time in our history, we'll present our RAIN Summit on the European continent with RAIN Summit Europe: October 5th at the very stylish nhow "Berlin" - The Music & Lifestyle Hotel Berlin.

On the Internet, radio has worldwide reach and a truly global platform, and we're very excited to interact and learn from Internet radio leaders in Europe who are shaping the future of the medium. We'll have speakers and panelists from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom -- plus a few making the trip from the U.S. -- who'll share the experiences and realities of webcasting in their home countries with an eye towards a multi-national audience.

When you have a moment, please take a look at impressive (and growing) cast of speakers and panelists for the event. First-and-foremost we're pleased to welcome Spotify European GM and VP of Ad Sales Jonathan Forster as our keynote speaker. We'll also hear from marketing, programming, sales, and technology professionals and executives representing leading firms like Spotify, Adswizz, Last.fm, BMW, Absolute Radio, Radionomy, The Echo Nest, Aupeo, NRJ International, and lots more.

Find all of the most up-to-date information for the October 5th event on the RAIN Summit Europe page, including registration links, the complete list of speakers, and the day's agenda of panels and presentations (and don't forget to take a peek at that hotel!). We're thrilled and humbled that (our attendee feedback tells us) RAIN Summits have become widely considered the go-to events for the Internet radio industry in the U.S., because of the great discussion topics, speakers, and networking opportunities. It's our goal and hope to recreate that with RAIN Summit Europe in October. We really hope you can join us. 

[One last incentive: Though Berlin isn't ground-zero for the annual Oktoberfest celebration (that'd be Munich), the party in Berlin goes through October 14th!]

All the details, including links to register, are on the RAIN Summit Europe page.

Michael Schmitt
August 3, 2012 - 1:10pm

Mobile musicNew quarterly figures from comScore show 27.6% of mobile subscribers listen to music on their mobile devices. That's up 2.3% from March to June, making it the fastest-growing usage category tracked by comScore.

That said, it's still the least popular activity, coming in behind items like downloading apps (51.4%), playing games (33.4%) and texting (75%).

ComScore also found that the mobile market is more or less divided between Apple and Google. Overall, 47% of the U.S. population now owns a smartphone and 234 million Americans use mobile devices.

TechCrunch has more coverage here.

Paul Maloney
August 3, 2012 - 1:10pm

Personalized webcasting and on-demand music service Slacker has added to its management team with former Electronic Arts and Warner Music Group executives.

Slacker's new Chief Marketing Officer, Craig Rechenmacher, held a number of different roles at video game developer EA, most recently VP/Marketing and Business Development for EA's Origin platform. While there, he led global marketing efforts for many of the company's top titles. He's also held senior level positions at THQ and Sony Computer Entertainment.

Carter Brokaw (pictured), now Chief Revenue Officer for Slacker, is a veteran of digital media and marketing platforms with Fortune 500 companies. A former Warner Music Group VP of Digital Media, he was most recently Chief Revenue Officer for Meebo, an ad-supported embedded social media platform acquired by Google in June.

Slacker also announced the appointment of board member Steve Wadsworth to Executive Chairman. Wadsworth has 17 years of experience at The Walt Disney Company as a pioneer for Disney's digital media and technology business and more than 11 years as Disney's chief executive overseeing Internet and digital media, and serving as president of Disney Interactive Media Group.

Slacker is similar to Spotify these days in that it offers a range of streaming music services. It features AOL Radio's more than 200 programmed channels, plus customized channel options with music but also content from ESPN, ABC News, and comedy. Slacker Premium Radio also includes on-demand access to the entire Slacker music library.

Read Slacker's press release online here.

Michael Schmitt
August 3, 2012 - 1:10pm

Tim Westergren"It may surprise Americans to learn that the form of radio they listen to has profound implications for how much the artists who perform the music get paid," writes Pandora founder Tim Westergren in a new editorial for the Huffington Post. He goes on to point out the "absurd" difference in the rates webcasters, SiriusXM and AM/FM broadcasters pay to performers.

The answer, argues Westergren, is "a technology-neutral solution that assures fair compensation to artists while encouraging new voices and new technologies. Legislation that establishes a fair royalty rate setting standard for Internet radio will drive investment in webcasting, which ultimately means greater revenue and greater opportunity for working artists." 

You can find Westergren's full article in the Huffington Post here.