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Clear Channel Sales/Mktg. Pres. Castelli will keynote RAIN Summit

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 12:25pm

RAIN Publications and RAIN Summits today announce our next industry event, RAIN Summit Dallas, Tuesday September 18, immediately preceding the RAB/NAB Radio Show.

Tim Castelli (pictured), President of National Sales, Marketing & Partnerships for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, will be the keynote speaker for the event, taking place at the Anatole Hilton in Dallas.

Castelli has more than 20 years of experience in building advertising solutions for major U.S. clients and previously served as SVP/Sales for AOL’s Eastern U.S. Region. His earlier roles include Technology Industry Director for Google and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine. His task at Clear Channel now: finding a way to successfully integrate ads into the company's iHeartRadio custom radio service (according to a recent AdAge article, here).

As always, RAIN publisher and AccuRadio founder/CEO Kurt Hanson will host the RAIN Summit, and give his "State of the Industry" address.

We'll announce more panelists and presenters in the coming weeks. Register for RAIN Summit Dallas (and get further info, including sponsorship opportunities) here.

12/9: Spotify plants a flag in online radio territory with a revamped approach

Friday, December 23, 2011 - 11:00am

In a move publications across the web are describing as "taking on Pandora," Spotify today announced it will soon re-launch its revamped customizable Internet radio service.

The refreshed radio service lives as an "app" inside Spotify's desktop program (which is primarily focused on listening to music on-demand). It offers users the ability to create radio streams out of artists, songs or genres. Users will be able to skip an unlimited number of tracks and bookmark songs for later on-demand listening. The service even provides users with a long list of radio station suggestions based on their listening history (read more here).

The new service is enabled by Spotify's new app platform (here) that allows partners like Rolling Stone and Last.fm to steer listeners towards new music discoveries in the same way traditional radio has for years.

Apps for on-demand service Spotify add "interesting, programmed and curated channels"

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 11:00am

Spotify's new app platformYesterday on-demand music service Spotify announced a new app platform that allows partners like Rolling Stone and Last.fm to steer listeners towards new music discoveries in the same way traditional radio has for years.

For example, the app from CBS Music Interactive's Last.fm will not only recommend new Spotify music to users but will automatically create radio-like playlists based on a single track or the user's listening history. "This is bound to be a killer app for the service," writes Engadget (here).

Rolling Stone's app similarly will offer curated playlists every day "to highlight cool new music," writes VentureBeat. "A Moodagent app will help choose tracks according to your state of mind," writes MediaPost

"The apps turn Spotify into something more than just a streaming music service," comments VentureBeat. "Now, Spotify can be the center of your musical universe."

"Spotify becomes an on-demand service AND an endless number of interesting, programmed and curated channels with this move," writes Audio4Cast's Jennifer Lane (here).

Other app partners include Billboard, Pitchfork, We Are Hunted, The Guardian and others. Spotify will allow other third-party developers to build apps as well. 

In sum, the apps will help users discover and learn more about new music -- all within Spotify's "sandbox." The app platform moves Spotify closer to competing directly with Internet radio services, if not radio as a whole.

Though currently only available to desktop users, the company may eventually bring the app to mobile devices as well.

Spotify is an on-demand music streaming service, allowing users to listen to specific songs out of a library of 15 million tracks. The company offers an ad-support free service and paid subscription offerings. It directly competes with other services like MOG, Rdio and Rhapsody. It currently has 2.5 million paid members worldwide.

You can find out more from Spotify here, VentureBeat here and MediaPost here

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