Tag: iheartradio

01/27

Is Streaming Momentum Stuck? Really?

There's been lots of attention in the radio industry trades lately about the lack of audience momentum for many broadcasters in the streaming space, even as so-called pure-plays like Pandora and Spotify grow by leaps and bounds. Tom Taylor writes: iHeart’s not the only terrestrial operator with flat or negative growth over the period from February 2013 to October 2014. #3-ranked CBS is down from about 69,000 average domestic streams (6am-8pm weekdays) to a little less than 60,000. #4-ranked Cumulus is off from a bit more than 70,000 to 58,104. Cox is off from 30,327 to 23,674. Even EMF, … [Read more...]

01/15

Radio is Still Tops, But…

In a November survey by Morgan Stanley (released this week and reported in Quartz), more than 2,000 American adults were asked what audio platforms they used. Their answers: Now this question is roughly analogous to what broadcasters would call "reach." It does not really address frequency of usage or "time spent listening." Radio tops the list with 86% of respondents saying it's part of their usage routine. That's by far the highest number (although not as high as Nielsen wants us to believe). YouTube ranks next, but YouTube is a lean forward experience for music - you're looking … [Read more...]

12/12

What Radio Looks Like on Ford’s New Sync 3 for 2016

Never let it be said that the automakers don't listen to feedback, because when it comes to Ford's clunky Sync platform, they got an earful. And guess what? Ford responded. This week the automaker introduced the latest and greatest version of its Sync infotainment system, and it looks great. It will make its debut on at least some Ford 2016 models, meaning it will be in the showroom in the fall of 2015, just months from now. The primary value proposition of the platform has less to do with entertainment than it has to do with all the other problems faced by drivers as you can see in … [Read more...]

11/06

Amazon Just Reimagined the Table Radio – Amazon Echo

It's called Amazon Echo, and like so many tech gadgets made by Amazon it's more of an interesting idea than something which is necessarily likely to leap off the virtual shelves. Writes Amazon: Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's always on—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, "Alexa." It's also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. And - more to the point - it can play all kinds of music (and news) from your Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, TuneIn, and … [Read more...]

06/30

The New Auto Dashboard: Is Radio Screwed?

Last week, Google announced Android Auto, which - like Apple's CarPlay - aims to fully fulfill the promise of the so-called connected car. Watch this video to see an illustration of how the platform integrates music, both from Google Play and from third party apps like Pandora or iHeartRadio: So what does this mean for radio? Well let's take a step back. Broadcasters have been obsessed over the dashboard lately because they smell big trouble. But the trouble is much bigger than whatever you're sniffing, gang. Here is my assessment of where we are and where we're heading. … [Read more...]

05/13

The “Eventizing” of Radio

Here’s what radio can learn from Fox TV, courtesy of The Wrap: Fox's emphasis next season is on “eventizing,” entertainment chief Kevin Reilly said at the network's upfront presentation to advertisers Monday….“American Idol,” like sports shows, benefitted from fans who felt they had to watch for fear of missing a big television event. Now Reilly is trying to turn even regular scripted shows into big events. In Fox’s case, that means things like a “Simpsons”/ “Family Guy” crossover episode, Evil Knievel-style stunts, and the musical event “Grease Live,” among other concepts. Why bother … [Read more...]

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...]

12/05

Here’s what IHeartRadio and TuneIn are Missing

Lots of blood, sweat, tears, and treasure have gone into making radio’s alternatives to Pandora et. al., yet I think both IHeartRadio and TuneIn are missing perhaps their greatest opportunity. And it’s staring them in the face. To be sure, these are terrific apps – as good as anything out there. So what are they missing and why does it matter? Let’s step back. If you’re going to provide an experience rooted in the radio stations listeners already know and love, then you should add value to that experience that corresponds to the problems listeners have with radio and how they … [Read more...]

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