Category: FM on Mobile Phones

sadface
07/29

The NAB has hurt my feelings

Evidently the NAB didn't like my survey about behaviors among folks who have mobile phones and may also have FM built-in, whether they use it or not (and most don't). Let's dig into their official late Friday response: While Mark Ramsey argues there is little consumer demand for incorporating radio receivers on cell phones, he bases his glass-half-empty conclusions on a poorly designed survey to fit his own pre-conceived negative opinion. I don't know, does the question "does your phone have FM radio built-in?" sound poorly designed to you? What about the question "Do you use FM radio … [Read more...]

mobilephonefmbuiltin
07/27

New survey shows when FM is built-in to mobile phones, most consumers don’t use it

How many US radio listeners already have FM built-in to their mobile phones? And how often do they use it? How does this compare to the number who have downloaded a personalized radio app, like Pandora or Slacker?  How often do they use those? And how do these numbers compare to downloads and use of station-specific mobile apps? These were the questions I set out to answer in a national telephone study of 1,346 radio listeners, aged 15-69, conducted by VIP Media Research during June and July 2011.  85% of these respondents listen to 30 minutes or more of radio per day. Of the 70% … [Read more...]

kidcellphone
04/25

Why are we debating FM on Mobile Phones?

Since when did I become the guy who didn't want FM in mobile phones?  Bring it on, device-makers!  Install those chips! Actually, I don't care whether or not FM is in mobile phones because I don't think it makes one bit of difference to radio's future whether it's there or not (radio "experiences" need to be part of the mobile device ecosystem, to be sure.  But FM chips?  Feh). Jeff Smulyan thinks otherwise (see his reply to my post here).  I have the greatest respect for Jeff.  He's a terrific broadcaster and Emmis is a terrific company.  He made some great points in reply to my recent … [Read more...]

phoneradio
04/21

“Radio Rocks My Phone” Strains Credibility

This is not a post about the wisdom of FM chips in mobile phones.  I wrote that post already last year and absolutely nothing significant has changed my view since then, nor the facts supporting it. Nor has the resistance to this wrong-headed industry initiative changed. Indeed, it has deepened over time.  And that resistance has been met with an increasingly shrill effort by NAB to lobby Congress and broadcasters and create the impression that they're lobbying consumers. I say "create the impression" because the tangible effort illustrated in NAB's new "Radio Rocks My Phone" campaign is … [Read more...]

amfmsatelliteiphone
02/14

Everything you need to know about Radio in the new iPhone 5

Rumors are rumors, but patents are real. Whether the technology produced by these patents arrives in the forthcoming iPhone 5 or a later version is anybody's guess, but it sure makes sense to me that we'll see this sooner rather than later (although it's also possible that we'll never see this). Back in December, Apple quietly submitted a patent application that altered the radio experience for its users and introduced three new elements to the iPhone:  FM, AM, and Satellite Radio - all built in. Besides a much slicker user experience than the standard radio dial, Apple has … [Read more...]

Online-Radio
12/13

The Evolving Economics of Online Radio – a talk with Triton’s Mike Agovino

Does radio have a future in the world of online radio? Or is this a future that belongs to the pure-plays - the Pandoras and the Slackers? I sat down with Triton Media COO Mike Agovino to discuss the transforming economics of online radio.  Triton, whose clients include both radio and pure-plays, is in a unique position to see the online radio landscape in its entirety, and what Mike sees is good news for broadcasters. In this conversation, Mike covers both the cost and the revenue side of the online radio equation.  He talks about the "oppressive" licensing fees now forced on any … [Read more...]

look for phone with fm radio
11/29

Do Consumers REALLY want FM chips on Mobile Phones?

All other things equal, the best way to assess future behavior is to look to past behavior.  That is, rather than ask consumers what they might do tomorrow, ask them what they actually did yesterday.  This gives you behavioral data rather than simply attitudinal data, and it allows people to tell you what they actually do rather than what they think you might want to hear. For example, much discussion has swirled around the presumed appetite in the US for FM chips on mobile phones.  Note that I am not talking about the appetite for radio content via downloadable apps on mobile phones, but … [Read more...]

Apple iPhone
11/09

Wake up, Radio, to the Mobile Challenge

I've been pondering this question: Which way would consumers prefer to listen to the radio on their mobile devices, over the Internet or via an FM receiver built in? We have seen answers to questions like this before (and I have some mobile phone/radio research answers to give you in the next few days that will make some people very unhappy), but the more I look at the question the more I think it's exactly the wrong one to ask. This question assumes a number of things. First, it assumes that "radio" means one thing.  Does radio also mean Pandora?  It should. Second, it assumes … [Read more...]

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