Category: Apple

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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...]

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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...]

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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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07/15

What’s ahead for Pandora? CTO Tom Conrad talks to Mark Ramsey

Tom Conrad is the CTO of Pandora, and this conversation - from hivio 2013, the inaugural radio ideas festival - is the first public response of Pandora following Apple's introduction of iTunes Radio.Here are some of the questions I asked Tom:How has Apple’s introduction of iTunes Radio changed the calculus for Pandora? Are you personally surprised by how big Pandora has become? Why has Pandora become so big and not its many competitors? What’s your secret sauce? Are there any plans to add spoken work/talk content to the platform? Are there any plans to add local traffic, … [Read more...]

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06/04

Thank you, Apple!

It's hard to speculate on Apple's "iRadio" before there's an "iRadio" to speculate on. But one day it will be announced any day now, so here goes nothing. Conventional wisdom says: Yikes, Apple is big! Pandora and Spotify are screwed!Yes, Apple is a Big Fish. But companies like Pandora and Spotify already face down Google and Amazon - firms with footprints as big and broad as Apple's. Even though their music platforms can't compare to Apple's their advantages are extensive in many other areas that nurture the ties these companies have with their consumers. And it's the strength of … [Read more...]

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04/22

“Pandora Helps Apple Sell More Music”

Maybe it's time to stop asking Pandora how they feel about Apple's pending entry into the streaming radio marketplace and start asking Spotify the same question.So argues GigaOm in this piece.And just-released data from the NPD Group tell the tale: One third (38 percent) of U.S. consumers surveyed reported that it is still important to own music, and 30 percent believe that listening to albums is important. Among consumers who listened to music on Pandora and other free music-streaming services, 41 percent reported that owning music was important to them; in fact, many free streamers … [Read more...]

applemusic
10/26

Apple’s “Pandora Challenge” is really a Radio Industry Challenge

Apple is rumored to be launching a radio-like streaming service, and Bloomberg is missing the point. Yesterday, Bloomberg published a piece focused on Apple's challenge to Pandora, yet it's blind to the larger reality:Whatever targets a radio-like experience in mobile platforms (especially cars) and is advertising-supported is a significant challenge to ALL radio, not just the folks from Pandora.Especially if it flips a switch and on day one and has distribution across numerous widespread platforms the world over.After all, it has taken Pandora years to approach a degree of … [Read more...]

Is it Time to Stop Owning a Word?
07/25

Is it Time to Stop “Owning a Word”?

Back in the day, Ries & Trout galvanized broadcasters by preaching the power of the "word." Own one, they advised.  Just one.This played well with a broadcasting audience for obvious reasons - we were and largely are in the audio business, and messaging in that business continues to be driven by words (I happen to think it should be driven more by sounds, but that's a topic for another post).CUT TO: PRESENT DAYRies & Trout begat Ries & Ries, helmed by Al Ries's daughter Laura.  And Laura's new book, Visual Hammer.Her pitch: Al and I have been preaching about the … [Read more...]

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