Category: Internet Radio

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06/30

Dear Media: We Hoaxed You! Love, Taylor Swift and Apple Music

Was the Taylor Swift / Apple Music dustup nothing more than a premeditated hoax? Maybe! Listen to our argument! And… “I Want My MTV” is out, and “I AM My MTV” is in, but will anybody care? It's episode 22 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves about Amazon’s trend-setting plan to pay some self-published authors based on the number of pages read, and the one irrefutable, universal law of podcasting success – or not. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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05/06

How Many Cars will be Dashboard-Powered by Google and Apple?

There's much interest and much consternation about the entry of Google and Apple into operating-system extensions for the car dashboard with Android Auto and CarPlay, respectively. According to BI Intelligence: By 2020, nearly 40 million cars will be using Android Auto and 37.1 million will be using CarPlay, and that will cover nearly all cars launching connected car services, according to BI Intelligence estimates. That conclusion springs from a premium-priced report from BI Intelligence. The report goes on: CarPlay and Android Auto will be especially useful for expanding the reach … [Read more...]

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03/06

Are Your Audio Ads Too Dumb? Make Them Smarter

Data is powering marketing in general and advertising in particular in ways that could not have been imagined even five years ago. It's important for folks in the audio space to bend their heads around this because data is, fundamentally, a form of marketing intelligence. And the more marketing intelligence that's packed into ad inventory, the smarter and more valuable it becomes to the buyers and sellers of those ads. One of the great differences between traditional radio spots and some online audio ads is the raw intelligence - the smarts - embedded into the advertising. Needless to … [Read more...]

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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...]

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02/12

What’s the Future of Radio? That’s the Wrong Question

Everyone wants to know about "the future of radio"? But what if that's the wrong question? For example, what happens if (or is it when?) the FCC relaxes the rules restricting cross-ownership of newspaper, TV, and radio stations in local media markets? Reflect on how dramatically the radio industry changed when broadcasters were free to consolidate within the single distribution channel called "radio." Now how much do you think the landscape will change when the differences between media channels are no longer radio vs. TV vs. newspaper but rather between my bundle of media assets in a … [Read more...]

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