RAIN 9/17: Welcome to Dallas

Paul Maloney
September 17, 2012 - 9:00am

We're expecting our largest crowd ever for a RAIN Summit fall event (nearly the size of our spring Vegas gathering), and we're very excited for what tomorrow has in store.

On the eve of the Summit (and, of course, the RAB NAB Radio Show), one topic in particular that's buzzing in Internet radio is (once again!) royalties.

For its Radio Show issue, Inside Radio spoke with Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman, and touched upon the royalty topic. He told the news source that the existing rate-setting structure for online radio royalties simply will not allow streaming to succeed, "and that’s not good for the music business either." Since Clear Channel's historic deal with Big Machine Records (which pays the label royalties for streaming and on-air, see RAIN here) Pittman says his company continues to have discussions with music business interests, "because I think we're all interested in a long-term sustainable relationship." Read more in Inside Radio here

Illustrative of the challenge that'll likely be, SoundExchange this month (here) took positions on two proposed federal bills that won't likely do much for Pittman's mood. SoundExchange criticizes Congressman Jason Chaffetz's (R-UT) "Internet Radio Fairness Act" (here), instead supporting Rep. Jerrold Nadler's (D-NY) "Interim FIRST Act" (read more here).

Even the blockbuster news of the possibility of Apple becoming on online radio player (which we'll certainly be discussing tomorrow) has a royalty facet. Billboard reports (here) that while Apple's reported talks with labels don't yet concern special rates and waivers to content restrictions, bargaining along those lines isn't far off. "Sources say the labels are willing to accommodate some compulsory license waivers... but they want to make sure that whatever waivers Apple receives can also be rolled out to other custom Web radio operators," says Billboard. "Also, they want to ensure that the deals aren't viewed by the Copyright Royalty Board as a market deal to be incorporated into the next set of CRB rate settings."

There's so much interesting ground to cover, we hope you'll join us!

There's so much interesting ground to cover tomorrow afternoon, and we certainly hope you're able to join us. All the info you need is on our RAIN Summit Dallas page here. We'll get underway just past noon with introductory comments from Sabo Media CEO Walter Sabo. RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson will give his "State of the Industry" address at 2:20. At 4:30 our keynote speaker, Clear Channel President of National Sales, Marketing and Partnerships Tim Castelli takes the podium. At 5:35 we'll present the Triton RAINmaker and RAIN Internet Radio Awards, and then head to the Verandah Shelbourne Room for the RAIN Reader Cocktail Party.

Our plan is to publish an issue early tomorrow, then follow up with brief Summit coverage on Wednesday, and full coverage of the event in the following days. We also plan to make recorded audio of RAIN Summit panels available online in the coming days. If you'd like to follow along (whether you'll be in the room or not), use the Twitter hashtag #RAINSummit, and follow us @RAINTwitter and @RAINSummits.

Michael Schmitt
September 17, 2012 - 9:00am

Tim WestergrenPandora founder and chief strategy officer Tim Westergren will deliver a keynote address at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). He'll speak at the CES Leaders in Technology Dinner, an "invitation-only event" honoring "the top technologists, entrepreneurs and policymakers instrumental in furthering technology innovation," explains the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

CES, which takes place during January in Las Vegas, is reportedly the world's largest consumer electronics tradeshow. More than 150,000 people attended the 2012 show. President/CEO of eBay John Donahoe keynoted last year's Leaders in Technology Dinner, while 2011's dinner included a "fireside chat" between author/ journalist Arianna Huffington and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

Said CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro: "Tim Westergren is a trailblazer in Internet radio and developed a game-changing, innovative platform...We are excited to have Tim keynote the 2013 CES LIT Dinner and look forward to hearing his vision for the future of radio."

You can find the CEA's press release here.

Michael Schmitt
September 17, 2012 - 9:00am

Bite-sized newsAs usual when conventions roll 'round, there's a steadily-building flood of news pouring from all sides of the industry. Here's a run-through of some of that news, served up in convenient bite-size chunks:

  • SiriusXM has updated its Android app with the on-demand and offline playback features it introduced back in early August. You can find more from Engadget here and our original coverage of SiriusXM's new interactive features here.
  • A new forecast from BIA/Kelsey pins U.S. spending on web daily deals at $3.6 billion for 2012. That's a 86.9% jump over 2011. BIA/Kelsey expects a further 23% growth next year. Find out more from BIA/Kelsey here.
  • TuneIn has announced new partnerships with more than 20 broadcasters, including Public Radio International (PRI), C-SPAN Radio, ABC Australia, mvyradio, WFMU, the Hearst Corporation and others.
  • Crowdsourced radio service Jelli names Pollack Media Group chairman/CEO Jeff Pollack to its strategic advisory board. Pollack says Jelli's potential to "drive ratings, share and revenue growth is impressive." All Access has more coverage here.
  • Marketron has relaunched its online client portal MyMarketron, which it originally debuted in May 2011. Marketron says more than 3,500 members are using the service, which now includes an extensive support knowledgebase. You can find Marketron's press release here.