Category: Internet Radio

legocrazy
04/16

Radio and the Future of Mobile Phones

In January, Google will reportedly release a "modular smartphone" in an attempt to disrupt market leaders Apple and Samsung. From Business Insider: Project Ara is Google’s attempt to make a mobile device where the major components, including the camera, speakers, GPS and other common features of modern smartphones, can be swapped out for new ones, mixing and matching modules to customise the phone to do what the user needs it to do. "Designed exclusively for 6 billion people," says the project site. While the jury is out on the future of this particular gadget, the lesson behind it is … [Read more...]

listening-to-phone
03/13

FM Chip in Cell Phones means More Radio Listening? Don’t Count on It

Last week Edison Research released its always excellent “Infinite Dial” study of audio listening habits in the U.S. I’m a big fan of this study, so this post is intended more as observation than critique. I was troubled by only one chart and the headline drawn from that chart, which was widely trumpeted by the trades almost verbatim: “FM Tuner in Cell Phones Could Lead to Increased Listening among AM/FM Listeners.” But is that really what consumers are saying? Or is that just what we think they’re saying? The question: “If your cell phone had an FM radio tuner, would it lead … [Read more...]

too-many-ads
03/12

Hey Pandora, Watch That Commercial Load

There's this myth out there that its the personalization that provides the primary motivation to use Pandora: The limitless allure of choice and variety. But I don't think so. I think it's much more about the comparatively clutter-free environment. That is, fewer spots. The "variety" argument: Everywhere we turn, it's clear that consumers favor hits. Even when he was onstage with me at hivio, the audio future festival last year, Pandora CTO Tom Conrad acknowledged that there is an equilibrium on each channel - that increasing "variety" past a certain point only invites consumers to … [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...]

druckerquote
02/22

The Future of Radio In a Nutshell

Want to hear some great ideas on the future of radio and the role of what we sometimes call "podcasting" in it? Then watch this video. It's the New Media Show from Geek News Central with Todd Cochrane and Rob Greenlee, and I am their featured guest this week. We cover a TON of ground in this conversation, including... How should Apple's iTunes Radio and Podcast app evolve? Why radio should consider podcasters to be their "farm team" A strategy for radio to monetize the most popular podcasts The unfortunate truth about radio's obsession with "local" Why "podcasting" is a … [Read more...]

iwatch
01/29

Wrist-Powered Radio?

There's a tendency to obsess on devices. But if you're in the content business devices are only channels of distribution for that content. The real challenge and opportunity for media brands is to spread content across all popular platforms in a form and a context that fits that platform. To chase a device is to miss the forest for the trees. For example, do you need iPhone and Android apps? Not necessarily, but you do need a mobile strategy. Because as consumers spend more time online with mobile devices your content is either part of that time stream or it isn't. Do you need … [Read more...]

listentoyourheart
01/28

Stop Picking on Pandora, Radio

So is Pandora "radio" or isn't it? I have (correctly) argued "yes" here and here and here. "Radio" is a menu of value propositions - "jobs", combinations of which consumers "hire your brand for" every time they choose to tune in. Many of those "jobs" are clearly shared with Pandora, thus making Pandora a substitute for your station - part of the same category of consumer solutions, as I argue in this popular presentation. The debate, such as it is, continues to rage on primarily because broadcasters are under siege and take comfort in whatever back-slapping comes their way. In fact, … [Read more...]

pandoraradio
01/19

Buying Pandora can Increase Your Radio Station’s Ratings

What?! Yes, a radio station can buy time on Pandora with the intention of driving audience to the station either online or (less efficiently) on-air. How do I know? Because some stations have done it - and done it successfully enough to be repeat customers. Just one example: A station in a top ten market wanted to communicate to listeners of Pandora's Christmas music that this station was "All Christmas" during the holiday season when the campaign ran. Makes sense, right? I'm listening to Christmas tunes on Pandora...Up pops an ad from a radio station promoting their own Christmas … [Read more...]

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