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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 12:00pm

We've uploaded video coverage of the panels at RAIN Summit Chicago 2011. From discussions on mobile streaming to audience measurement, you can now watch it all.

You can find all the panel videos -- and coverage of the keynotes from Pandora founder Tim Westergren and RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson -- right here.

RAIN Summit Chicago 2011 video coverage

 

 

Sonic Seeds aims to "provide better recommendations" than Pandora, but not there yet

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 12:30pm
Sonic Seeds is a new webcaster with Pandora-like personalization
 
Sonic Seeds is a new Internet radio service that aims to take on Pandora. Indeed, the service does allow users to create personalized radio stations based on artists or songs. Sonic Seeds even allows users to select multiple artists, songs and genres in the station creation process -- an appealing feature that in theory should allow for stations better personalized to each user. 
 
Sonic Seeds further emulates Pandora with the familiar thumbs-up and -down song ratings. The service offers unique features too, like a Music Universe chart showing how songs relate to each other...maybe. Honestly, most of Sonic Seeds is rather confusing.
 
However, despite claiming that it can "generate better targeted channels" than Pandora, Sonic Seeds doesn't create good radio stations (as CNet also found, here).
 
For example, a station spawned with The Shins (a popular indie rock group) resulted in music from Limp Bizkit, Puddle of Mudd, 70s easy rock and a track from a "doo wop sensations" compilation. After 10 songs, we didn't hear The Shins once -- or anything remotely similar to them.
 
The flexibility of being able to create a station using any combination of artists, songs and genres is appealing, but not if the resulting stations are unlistenable.
 
As CNet concludes: "this thing's not as close to ready for the public as the press release lets on...at the moment I don't see a compelling competitor here to existing music recommendation or subscription services." -- MS

Hanson: "Things are moving faster than you think" in Internet radio, time to "pour it on"

Friday, 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!

MORE SUMMIT VIDEOS ON THE WAY SOON

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 12:00pm

RAIN Summit Chicago photosWe've published hundreds of photos from last week's RAIN Summit Chicago gathering, taken by RTT News (which covered the event).

MEET MORE OF THE EXPERTS YOU’LL HEAR AT OUR UPCOMING CONFERENCE

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 12:00pm

RAIN Summit Chicago (now less than two weeks away!) will include more than 30 experts from the Internet radio and broadcasting industries.

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