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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 12:00pm

(from earlier today:)
Welcome to Florida, for RAIN Summit Orlando.

Kurt Hanson, Jennifer Lane, and Brad Hill of (the newly-christened) RAIN Enterprises welcome you to Orlando's Rosen Shingle Creek Resort for today's event. We hope you find it interesting and beneficial.

We're very happy to announce that once again live audio from the event will be available via TuneIn, using Backbone Networks technology. You can begin listening when the Summit begins at 12N ET here.

The day's first panel, Alternative Revenue Strategies, will look at other ways ad-supported webcasters can make money in addition to CPM-based audio ad campaigns. We're happy to have Inside Radio's Paul Heine moderating, and he'll speak with Pandora's Dan Weiner, Ted Gurley of Univision, Matt Cutair of Dial Global, and LDR Interactive's Daniel Anstandig.

Entercom Communications president and CEO David Field steps up to the podium at 1:30p ET to deliver the RAIN Summit Orlando keynote address. Last week Field publicly supported the announced royalty deal between Clear Channel and Warner Music Group (more in RAIN here).

Later, GroupM Next will present their most-recent research findings on the future of streaming radio. That's at 2:50p ET.  Kurt Hanson has his State of the Industry address scheduled for 4:15p ET.

The Summit closes with the presentation of the fourth-annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards. You can review this year's finalists here, including those in the brand-new "International" category. After, we hope you'll join us for the RAIN Reader Cocktail Party on the terrace of the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, sponsored by Pandora and RCS Works.

The full Summit agenda and speakers list is here. Please join the conversation on Twitter (follow RAIN Summits)  and use the hastag #RAINSummit or #RSO) and on the RAIN Summits Facebook page. We'll have coverage of RAIN Summit Orlando beginning tomorrow in RAIN.

Spotify uses webcast statutory for mobile app radio service, but keeps library limited

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 2:40pm

We've seen several of the on-demand music subscription services add "lean-back" radio style streams to their offerings. Not only does it give listeners a familiar and effortless music enjoyment and discovery experience, it can be cheaper for the services to use the music.

Spotify is reducing its royalty obligation in the U.S. by paying copyright owners per the "statutory" webcasting rates established by the U.S. Copyright Office for the free Internet radio service on its mobile app, reports Billboard.biz.

("The radio service on the on-demand desktop app does not take advantage of the statutory license -- it's more of an on-demand radio service than a Pandora-like, non-interactive radio service," reports Billboard.)

Another advantage of the webcast statutory license is that it applies to any released music. "Hold out" artists like the Beatles and AC/DC can't deny webcast services the right to perform their music, as they can with on-demand services.

Interestingly, for the non-interactive webcast service, Spotify says it will stick with the same catalog used by the on-demand feature. Billboard suggests, "Spotify could have a poor user experience if different songs were available on different parts of its service."

On-demand services in the U.S. need to establish agreements with the copyright owners for each piece of music played. Copyright owners (record labels), which view these services as "substitutional" for record purchasing, command a high royalty (and in many cases, equity) for the on-demand use of their music. But for Internet radio, where listeners can't build playlists song-by-song or pick the exact tune to play next, things are simpler. Webcasters need only abide by the "statutory" terms and rates, and can play any commercially-released music.

"Although Spotify's mobile radio service probably constitutes a very small portion of its overall U.S. traffic -- and an even smaller portion of its global listening -- the statutory license allows it to pay less than half when taking into account both master and publishing rights."

Read this entire Billboard.biz article here.

Lifestyle magazine Monocle launches 24/7 webcast modeled on BBC World Service

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:05pm

Monocle 24 showsMonocle magazine publisher Tyler Brûlé has invested in a full studio suite and hired 22 people to staff his new 24-hour Internet radio service, Monocle 24. Brûlé styled the new webcast after the legendary BBC World Service, saying, "We are hoping to create a station which follows the tradition of the great Commonwealth broadcasters. It’s no surprise that we have drawn a lot of great people from the BBC World Service."

The webcast mixes talk radio (four live shows a day, and ondemand) and music, with news updates at the top of the hour. Listeners can also access news and national weather on demand, geo-targeted (we heard weather reports for various parts of the U.S.).

According to The Telegraph, Brûlé decided to start the radio service following the success of the Monocle Weekly podcasts. Over three years, the free, 45-minute shows were downloaded up to 650,000 times per month.

"We will also be making documentaries too. No commercial radio station will cover the ground we are going to be charting and it will be done very differently to the BBC," he said. "The web has pulled down traditional radio’s costly barriers to entry. We have invested heavily in both our people and facilities, but we have also signed up a roster of premium advertisers [Rolex and J. Crew to start] – making the service profitable from day one."

Monocle is a highly-regarded, London-based magazine and website which launched in 2007. According to its Wikipedia entry, "the magazine provides a globalist perspective on issues as fashion, international affairs and design."

Read The Telegraph's coverage here.

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