Category: Apple

beats1
06/29

What Apple’s Beats 1 Means for Your Radio Brand

The shape of Apple's new live-streaming radio station Beats 1 is coming into focus, and it's full of exclusive celebrity content: The New York Times reports that Elton John will have a regular show on Beats 1 titled "Elton John's Rocket Hour," and it will play old and new music. Other musicians with shows on Beats 1 include Pharrell Williams, Drake, Josh Homme, St. Vincent, Jaden Smith, and Disclosure. Pharrell isn't just a presenting a show, though. His new single "Freedom" will be the first track exclusive to Apple Music, only available to listeners of Apple's streaming … [Read more...]

beats1Large
06/13

What Apple Music’s Streaming Radio Station REALLY Means

In part one of the slicing of Apple Music, I looked at the all-you-can-eat streaming service itself. Today, in part two, I go inside the strategy behind Apple Music's streaming radio station, Beats 1. What is Beats 1? It is "Apple's first 24/7 worldwide radio station." Special? Innovative? No (and does Zane really not have his own board op?). That's despite the hyperbolic and breathless reception this initiative is getting by some tech-heads who should know better. Take MacWorld, for example: What’s really neat is that every user around the world will hear the same content at the … [Read more...]

applemusic_large
06/09

Slicing Apple Music – Part 1: Will It Kill Spotify?

As is now widely known, Apple Music is comprised of three key elements: iTunes - but on demand and in the cloud (a la Spotify), a worldwide radio station, and a social network that connects fans to artists and their content in whatever flavor it exists. I'm going to analyze each of these pegs in Apple Music's new stool. One at a time. Today, the on-demand piece. When Apple introduced the iTunes store in 2003, there was no elegant (let alone legal) ecosystem for getting the songs you want online whenever you wanted them. It was truly the Wild West, outlaws and all. Cut to 2015.... A … [Read more...]

zanelowe_large
02/16

Here’s Why Apple Hired a Famous Radio DJ

Why would Apple hire a well-known radio DJ? This past weekend Apple plucked popular British DJ Zane Lowe from BBC's Radio 1. Lowe is famous for his artist interviews and for what Rolling Stone describes as his "keen ear for emerging new music." It's assumed that Lowe will work on iTunes Radio and its music products, of course. But not simply behind the scenes. He will be more than a "master curator." How do I know? Because there are many folks in the world who have an ear for what's new in music, and most of them don't earn their living as radio DJ's. If what you want is music … [Read more...]

androidauto
01/04

Your New Auto Dashboard Debuts This Month

In a preview of CES, The Hollywood Reporter cuts to the chase - the most fundamental reason why the technology of the car dashboard is bound to change no matter what the power players of the radio industry desire: Car buyers—particularly millennials—are no longer as susceptible to the [auto] industry’s traditional marketing tropes of styling, horsepower and handling. Instead, they see the car as an extension of their digital lives, and increasingly demand that it mesh seamlessly with their smart phones, tablets and other personal tech. A Compass Intelligence survey of smart phone-owning … [Read more...]

applecarplay
03/03

What Apple’s CarPlay Means for Radio

By now you've heard about Apple's new CarPlay platform which is gearing up for battle with Google's Open Automotive Alliance, not to mention all the other platforms making a land grab for that whitest of spaces, the car dashboard. The Apple platform - coming soon - will only be available on a few new car models and will be integrated with only the newest iPhone models and features only a few non-Apple app partners (notably excluding Pandora). But this is how change comes, one innovation, one device, one new car model at a time. Here's a video that illustrates how the platform works on a … [Read more...]

newiphones1024
09/23

11 Million New Users to iTunes Radio – in One Weekend

That's the news from Apple: Over 11 million unique listeners have already tuned in to iTunes Radio since launch with the most listened to song being “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake. A "Pandora killer"? Of course not. But does some of that listening come from Pandora? You bet. Does some come from other iTunes listening? You bet. Is some of that listening brand new - borrowed from nobody in the radio space? You bet. Is some of that listening stolen from radio? Absolutely. There's a slavish devotion among some in radio to research which asks respondents to dissect their … [Read more...]

itunesradiopres
09/15

4 Ways iTunes Radio Changes Everything

This post was originally published by PBS's MediaShift and is reprinted here with their permission. I wrote it shortly before last week's spate of Apple announcements. The launch of Apple’s iOS 7 signals more than a major upgrade to Apple’s mobile operating system. Embedded in its feature set is an alternative to every music-playing radio station and every online radio service – iTunes Radio. But is iTunes Radio just another choice for music, along with Pandora, Spotify, and the rest? Or is it something much bigger, something that changes everything? I think it’s the latter. First, … [Read more...]

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