Category: Internet Radio

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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...]

confusion
09/19

Radio’s Auto Dashboard Strategy: We’ve Got It All Wrong

I wrote this originally for NetNewsCheck and it is excerpted here with their permission. Go here for the full article. In the race to exploit new digital opportunities, Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker has described three “consumer Internet ‘white spaces’ yet to be reimagined.” One of these was the “ear” and another was the car. And she describes the latter as “largely untapped.” Naturally, broadcasters are in a tizzy because one industry’s white space is another industry’s breadbasket. Indeed, roughly two-thirds of radio listening occurs away from home, largely in autos. What to do? … [Read more...]

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09/18

Personalization is Everything

Another day, another opportunity for a radio broadcaster to argue that Pandora-style personalization is "only a feature." "Only a feature." What an odd phrase! Especially coming from an industry which too often works overtime to avoid anything personalized whatsoever. From my perspective, personalization is not "only a feature," it is the natural state of things. It is the essential feature that all consumers demand. Think about it. What is your wardrobe but a personalized selection? Look in your driveway - even if that car is the same model your neighbor has, it's … [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...]

allforone
09/08

The Two Critical Opposing Forces Shaping Radio’s Future

There are two critical and opposing forces shaping radio's future. I call them: "All for one" and "one for all." The traditional radio model is neither "all for one" nor "one for all." It's really "all for all," the idea that, however we define "all," it's the same "all" for everyone in the same linear sequence. It has to be that way because the traditional model is a slave to "reach," and being enslaved to reach in a linear platform like radio means you must make most of the people happy most of the time, assuming their options for greater satisfaction are severely … [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...]

pandora
05/24

Is Pandora “the Greatest Media of All Time”? Q&A with Ric Militi – Part 2

Ric Militi is CEO and Creative Director of InnoVision LLC, a leading independent Southern California “anti-agency” (they don’t “buy” radio, for example, they “invest” in it), and he has strong feelings on radio’s place in the mediasphere. If you read no other part of this interview, skip to the last few paragraphs. This is Part 2 of our conversation. Find Part 1 here. Watch the video of our conversation or check out the highly abbreviated transcript below. [iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/66261548?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0 500 281] Prefer audio? Try … [Read more...]

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