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Internet radio executives from across Europe will meet in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday May 23rd for the 2nd annual RAIN Summit Europe organized by Kurt Hanson, publisher of “RAIN: Radio and Internet Newsletter”.
The pan-European conference will be a day-long event, including thought provoking panels and presentations, insightful speakers experts on various aspects of the field of streaming radio, and engaging networking opportunities. Executives from many different European countries will share thoughts and ideas on the future of radio in the digital world.
"Internet radio is an extremely fast-growing field,” said Kurt Hanson. “In some countries, Internet radio listening now comprises up to 10% of all radio listening, and it is growing at the rate of 30 - 50% per year. It’s a delivery mechanism for radio that’s able to offer wide variety, incredible depth, and even personalization. And now in 2013 it’s coming quickly into the car as well!"
Listening to the radio was something I did -- when I was a teenager.
It's not just me. Every morning, my wretched millennial friends awake to freshly brewed tunes from our favorite blogs. New music from my friends fills up my Spotify inbox at a seemingly never-ending pace (and vice versa). I would be scared to hear how loud the laugh would be if anyone asked if we'd discovered a half-decent new song on the radio in the past five years. I don't know even know what channel to find that on!
Since the iPhone has replaced my Walkman, my friends have replaced the DJs, and the ability to listen to whatever I want at any given moment kicked out radio stations' playlists, I would say it's time to turn off the radio for good. But I already did that five years ago.
London-based music streaming service rara.com has inked an international partnership with BMW to integrate its platform directly into the manufacturer’s cars across Europe.
Launching this week across the UK, Germany, France, Italy and The Netherlands for BMW’s new 5 Series, the rara service - powered by Omnifone - will be delivered by the car’s ConnectedDrive Online Entertainment system.
The system will provide 12 months of unlimited music streaming via Rara.com with Vodafone providing the mobile network.
An international deal with Vodafone will mean that drivers can stream music from anywhere in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and The Netherlands without incurring any roaming costs - paying with a one-off annual fee instead.
DAR.fm is a free “DVR for radio” website. Listeners can select and record their favorite radio shows on DAR.fm’s server. They can then listen to those shows on any Web-connected computer or smartphone, at their convenience. At present, DAR.fm listeners download 30 million minutes of content a month.DAR.fm CEO Michael Robertson compiles accurate statistics on each show’s popularity, based on the number of plays it has received in the past 30 days. This data is displayed on each show’s selection page, in the same way that YouTube displays “number of views” for each of its video.
Here’s where it gets interesting: “The listening trends we’ve been seeing, as a result of our data collection, contradict three of the most widely held beliefs about talk radio,” said Robertson. “Our conclusions are based on hard numbers, where many of these beliefs are based on ‘fuzzy’ metrics, like quarter hours and market share.”
Radio Nacional refuerza Radio 5 con más programación local y participación ciudadana con su proyecto Radio 5.0
Por otro lado, la radio pública todo-noticias pretende convertirse en un referente para la participación ciudadana y vanguardia tecnológica en la aplicación de su proyecto Radio 5.0, desarrollado por la Dirección de Medios Interactivos de RTVE. Radio 5 incluirá en su parrilla diversas ventanas para la emisión de espacios producidos por los oyentes-internautas.
Today at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, Google announced a new music streaming service called Google Play Music All Access. The service will compete with other entries to the market like Spotify, Rdio and Pandora.
Google Play Music All Access will run $9.99 in the US, with a 30-day free trial and it launches today. If you start your subscription by June 30 the price drops to $7.99 monthly.
“Music unites us, it’s universal,” says Google’s Chris Yerga. “We set out to build a music service that didn’t just give you access to a world of music, but helped to guide you through it.”
For a journo who has found success with decidedly old-school methods, Ed Gordon has some advice for aspiring broadcasters: get on YouTube.
There are a lot of people who’ve given up trying to get on commercial television and have gone to securing their own YouTube channels, and I think, at the end of the day, that’s going to be the future of broadcasting. People are just going to put stuff out there. They’re gonna have their own YouTube channels, and eventually you’ll be able to buy things from those channels. But I think one of the things that people have to understand is it takes perseverance.
Spotify recently rolled out some of the new features it teased in New York last December with a new way to “follow” people — not in the religious or stalker senses, but in the Twitter sense of seeing what they’re up to. Spotify being a music service, that means seeing what the famous people you like and the friends you have are listening to.
Rdio, a leading competitor of Spotify’s, rolled out a similar feature at another press event, at SXSW, last year.
This started us thinking… how do these “follows” differ? If one thing you want from your music service is to broadcast your taste and check out what other people are digging, which is the best way to go: Rdio or Spotify?
Dozens of top radio and online audio executives from across Europe will meet in Brussels this week for the second annual RAIN Summit Europe, at the stylish Hotel BLOOM!
And we're happy to announce a last-minute addition to the day's agenda: Mediatic Conseil’s executive director Michel Colin will make one of the day's "featured presentations." Based in Switzerland, Mediatic Conseils offers training courses on local advertising techniques and on the effective use of local media.
Other confirmed speakers already include an impressive mix of Internet radio and online audio executives, including:
Ali Abhary, CEO, Spectrum Medya, TurkeyJan-Willem Bruggenwirth, Managing Director, 538.nl, The NetherlandsMatthew Carver, Radio Coordinator, EGTA, BelgiumBen Drury, Founder/CEO, 7Digital, U.K.Hakan Kostepen, Executive Director, Product Strategy & Innovation, Panasonic, U.S.Jan Poelmann, RMS, GermanyRobert Proctor, CEO, Audioboo, U.K.Alain Reyes, Head Manager, NRJ, FrancePatrick Roger, VP/Global Sales & Marketing, Adswizz, FranceJöel Ronez, Director of New Media, RadioFrance, FranceChristian Schalt, General Manager, rs2 and KISS FM (Berlin), GermanyKjarten Slette, Head of Music, WiMPmusic, NorwayHolger Weiss, CEO, Aupeo, GermanySteve Whilton, Director of Product, Last.fm, U.K
Pandora last week announced media planning and buying integration with the largest media buying software platforms Mediaocean and STRATA.
"This marks the launch of the final stage of Pandora's plans to fully integrate Pandora into media buying platforms," the company's press release reads. May of last year saw the launch of Triton Digital's measurement of Pandora in traditional radio metrics such as AQH and Cume. In March (see RAIN here) Pandora announced that it would make its audience data available in STRATA and Mediaocean's Donovan and Mediabank stewardship systems, enabling radio ad buyers to compare Pandora national and local audience data directly to U.S. radio broadcasters' numbers.
CNBC covers the growing popularity of a service called ZenoRadio, which assigns U.S. phone numbers to streams of popular radio stations from around the world, giving listeners in this country access via a simple phone call -- no smartphone needed....
So, the more customers listen, the more money ZenoRadio makes -- a striking difference from webcasters whose costs rise with additional listening. The article makes no mention of licensing content.
On first inspection, Google All Access, the new streaming music service that Google announced on Wednesday, is merely a late arrival to an already crowded party. It's yet another entry alongside big players that include Pandora, Spotify, Last.fm, Rdio and Rhapsody.
But unlike any of those other companies, Google's music service could fail to capture market share from the big players and still be a success. That's because delivering music and new accounts is yet another way for Google to amass personal, intimate details about its hundreds of millions of users -- information that enables it to better target ads.
We’re pretty excited about Spotify’s latest update in which we can see how many times a track has been streamed worldwide. Only last week we called for a wider understanding of streaming numbers in our Sandbox lead (issue 84) as the requirement for increased transparency from streaming services has been evident for some time.
The Spotify update shows individual track streams for an artist’s top 10 tracks. Although the count represents the all-time cumulative number of streams, they are ranked by popularity over a recent period.
So, for kicks, we looked at the top 10 tracks from the Spotify Top List for all Spotify territories, and then compared the number of streams the track has received on YouTube.
NPD Group SVP/Industry Analysis Russ Crupnick sees the music industry headed towards another cliff -- and thinks streaming audio and capturing the favor of the 100 million "casual music fans" may be the keys to averting it. Crupnick presented recent research findings at RAIN Summit West last month in Las Vegas.
"We desperately need streaming radio to succeed," Crupnick told attendees. "We need to get the lawyers, guns, and money out of the way, and start having a better understanding of how to get consumers on to the next model."...
Here's the bright spot: online radio usage is up 6% among young people (see the chart) -- and up 23% among baby boomers -- in the past year. Online radio is even the "way number-one" reason people are quitting P2P downloading: "It's just so much easier to use a streaming service," Crupnick paraphrased....
But the real opportunity for streaming radio to succeed, and the music industry to avoid another cliff, Crupnick argues, is not going after the "core" music fans (the 30% of the population that accounts for 80% of the money spent on music). Radio and streaming services are already "serving them really well." The opportunity lies with attracting the other 70% of people -- the "casual" music fan.
Clic"Companies like Google, Apple and Facebook are eyeing the streaming and on-demand music business now dominated by smaller niche companies such as Pandora and Spotify. When they do -- and most analysts agree it's really just a matter of time -- they could give nearly everyone the ability to listen to whatever they want, whenever they want -- and mostly for free," wrote San Jose Mercury News' Heather Somerville yesterday....
f true, this brings up a whole host of issues, some of which Somerville explores, like the impact on artists, consumers' relationship with music, and others. But where does it leave Internet radio: both pureplays like Pandora, and music broadcasters who'll rely more and more on digital efforts to grow? Smaller companies will have to become even more creative and agile to offer a value proposition the larger companies can't -- a sort of "boutique" existence, catering to niche and local audiences...
NRJ Global, régie du groupe NRJ, renforce son savoir-faire sur les nouveaux médias en créant "NRJ Digital Solutions".
Cette nouvelle structure s’appuiera sur des compétences internes fortes : un studio graphique composé de DA et de webdesigners, un pôle technique entièrement intégré, un pôle marketing expert en acquisition, eCRM et community management et sur des ressources éditoriales pour la création de contenus textes et vidéos s’appuyant sur les ressources de son pôle Télévision. Avec cette création, NRJ Global allie ainsi la puissance du média radio (plus de 12 millions d’auditeurs quotidiens pour les 4 radios du groupe NRJ) et celle de ses 4 chaînes de télévision (NRJ12, Chérie 25, NRJ Hits, NRJ Paris) avec l’horizon du développement digital pour une offre de communication globale : radio, TV et digitale.
Helienne Lindvall: A YouTube subscription service without ads may be tied in with its Spotify-like audio-service
Google is said to be pushing for an ad-free YouTube subscription service to be tied in with its planned Spotify-like audio service. According to an executive familiar with the issue, the tech giant already has deals in place with a multitude of record labels, including the majors, for the audio subscription service. However, there is said to be disagreements regarding how Google should remunerate the labels for the bundled YouTube part of the subscription.
"As soon as streaming becomes the leading way people consume music, it will highlight the issues surrounding revenue and business models for everyone involved and really pave the way to a new era — for both good and bad."
"Once smart, creative and connected people measure their performance by something else than number of sales, they’ll start working on replacing the main old model by a diverse number of new models." By David Dufresne (@DavidDufresne), CEO of Bandzoogle, a website builder and marketing platform for independent music artists.
New Triton Digital listening data confirms it’s a mobile world for online radio. More than half of internet radio listening (56%) occurred on mobile devices in March, up from 46% one year earlier. Triton also says Pandora’s mobile listening cap is paying off for rival webcasters.
Mobile consumption was the fastest growing online audio segment in March. But pureplays are growing mobile audiences faster than broadcasters. Mobile listening to pureplays during the Monday-Sunday, 6am-midnight daypart leapt 23% from February to March while broadcast streams had a 5% increase. In January, Triton showed broadcast radio streams with an 80/20 split in favor of listening on desktops, while pureplay publishers tracked in the opposite direction with a 70/30 split in favor of mobile listening.
Looking to target the holes in its chief rival’s service, pureplay webcaster Slacker launched a $5.5 million marketing campaign in mid-February. Based on internet radio ratings for March released yesterday by Triton Digital, the investment is beginning to pay off. Average Active Sessions during the Monday-Friday, 6am-8pm daypart rocketed up 22% for Slacker, as the webcasters blew past both CBS Radio and Cumulus to rank third among Triton’s domestic top 20. The increase follows a 3% boost by Slacker in February. The campaign includes a 30-second online video ad that attempts to reposition Pandora as a repetitive music machine with limited selection and Slacker as more human with playlists created by music experts and a larger music library.