Tag: itunes

hungergames2
01/13

And Radio’s Best Chance for the Future is…

If there's one book this year that best sums up what the radio industry has to do to compete in a world of infinite choice, it's this one: Blockbusters: Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment. It's a heavily researched and highly readable book by Harvard professor Anita Elberse.I talked with Anita to test some of my own theories about radio's future in the presence of her research. The result is a clear strategy and plan of action. Now the rest is up to you.Click here to listen to my interview:[jwplayer mediaid="10455"] Download AudioOr here for the … [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...]

agogo
08/07

The Best New Audio App of 2013? It’s AGOGO

One of the great pleasures of this job at this time in this industry is being near ground zero when an entrepreneur sees the world in a new way and brings that new world to life. I am proud to have done a tiny bit of work with a great new startup called AGOGO. But what is AGOGO and why should you care?Well, for starters, your content is in it.But not just yours.Podcast content too. But more than that: Content that is not audio is made audio. And your music (through Rdio or Spotify) is integrated with content that relates to your music to create a seamless and frictionless listening … [Read more...]

Xbox-Music-Now-Playing
10/17

The Rise of “Radio as a Feature”

We are witnessing the dawn of a new age:  The rise of radio as a feature. That means "radio" isn't simply a media category run by media institutions.  It is now a feature of other categories - a feature of brands themselves - brands which are capable of monetizing that feature in the same way traditional broadcasters do - with ads.This is another manifestation of one of my regular themes:  Brands are now media.  Brands are becoming "mediacized."In the wake of unconfirmed gossip that Apple is soon to release an Internet radio service across their OS platforms that is ad-supported (next … [Read more...]

killthestream
09/14

Go Ahead – Kill Your Radio Stream

"Is it time to kill that clunky stream?" reads the headline in the Radio Ink piece.  It is an interview with the National Associate Director of SAG/AFTRA. First, the premise that a "clunky stream" is the norm, let alone the state of the art, is wrong. A clean stream is as close as some simple best practices available from the streaming provider of your choice.  A "clunky stream" is typically the result of station inattention, not technological insufficiency.Second, If you want to kill the stream, kill the stream and stop looking for rationalized excuses to do so. But be aware: Maybe … [Read more...]

goodbyekiss
08/21

Apple wants to Erase your Radio Spots

Another day, another technology-driven way to undo advertising.  Forget the fact that advertising is what pays for most of the content we enjoy on TV or radio.Apple was just granted a patent for technology that would allow users to switch seamlessly to their own audio or video files once ads started playing on their TV or radio stations.I don't know how this could affect listening to radio on traditional radios (still the way most folks get their radio) - it would certainly affect listening mediated by more advanced tech gadgets.  Not that those are catching on, or anything.The … [Read more...]

Radio and Music Discovery
08/15

Radio and Music Discovery – What it Really Means

You've probably heard about the new Nielsen study indicating that radio remains the leading way folks discover new music.From RollingStone.com: Forty-eight percent of listeners discover music via FM and AM stations, according to a new Nielsen Music 360 study of 3,000 online consumers. In second place for music discovery are friends and relatives at 10 percent, followed by YouTube at just seven percent. This strikes many folks as a surprise, but it shouldn't.Yet check out Rolling Stone's incredulous tone: Although Nielsen didn't break down the demographics of the survey group, it … [Read more...]

podcastapp
06/28

Apple’s New “Podcasts” App – Radio’s Friend or Foe?

Podcasts are emerging from the dungeons of iTunes in their own dedicated app.You can get it yourself here.If you're a podcast fan, immediately all your podcasts populate the app under the "podcasts" tab.  Nice - and way overdue.Most interesting is the "Top Stations" tab.  Apple seems to be reconceptualizing "shows" or "series" as "stations" (a dumb idea, if you ask me, since that distinction is so deeply embedded).Also interesting is the "swipe" metaphor to move from one genre to another:  It is a radio dial!  Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but is also a … [Read more...]

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