RAIN 9/23: Watch Kurt Hanson's keynote from RAIN Summit Chicago

Michael Schmitt
September 23, 2011 - 12:00pm

Today RAIN is excited to bring you video coverage of Kurt Hanson's State of the Industry Address from RAIN Summit Chicago 2011.

In the video (embedded below), Hanson argues that we're not only entering a fourth golden age of radio, but that it's time to "pour it on." In ad revenue, audience size and more, Hanson shows how things are "moving faster than you think" when it comes to Internet radio.

You can also watch Pandora founder Tim Westergren's keynote from RAIN Summit Chicago 2011 right here and view photos from the event hereStay tuned for more videos in the coming days!

Michael Schmitt
September 23, 2011 - 12:00pm

Facebook announced new music and video features yesterdayFacebook announced new integrations with music and video services yesterday, "but Internet radio services could end up being the big winners," writes Billboard.

Slacker, Clear Channel's iHeartRadio and Jelli (see story below) joined other music services like Spotify, MOG and Rdio in jumping on-board Facebook's new "ticker. The "ticker" will display updates about what Facebook users are listening to on these music services in real time. Other users can then click the updates to listen to the same content via the original service.

"That bodes well for greater adoption of Internet radio services big and small," writes Billboard (here). "Services like Slacker and iHeartRadio should be able to pick up new users easily…with low barriers to adoption and Facebook's broad user base, Slacker and iHeartRadio should be well represented in users' news feeds and tickers."

Michael Schmitt
September 23, 2011 - 12:00pm

JelliCrowdsourcing radio service Jelli has partnered with Emmis to launch five web radio stations that are completely programmed by user voting. The new stations include HOT 97 (after WQHT in New York), POWER 106 (after KPWR in Los Angeles), RXP, Funk Master Flex and HOT 97 Throwback.

The new stations integrate with Facebook, allowing listeners to "add what they're listening to on their Facebook profile and share with friends, who can quickly tune in a help shape the playlist." All Access has more coverage here.

Michael Schmitt
September 23, 2011 - 12:00pm

SpotifyOn-demand music service Spotify has opened to all users in the U.S. (you previously needed an invitation to join as a free user). Additionally, the service is offering six months of unlimited listening to free users -- after which users will be limited to 10 hours of listening per month. 

"Here's the catch," writes Lifehacker (here). "To get past the invite system, you'll have to go through Facebook...You'll start seeing new music posts and play buttons in your Facebook newsfeeds." Spotify was part of Facebook's new music integration announcements yesterday. 

Pandora recently slashed its listening limits for free users as well (RAIN coverage here).