Tag: itunes

04/20

You’ll Want to Hear This

The final blockbuster chapter of my 6-part podcast inspired by the making of the movie Psycho wraps up in horrifying fashion today, and I invite you to hear it. It's Inside Psycho. If you hear none of the previous chapters, please catch this final one. It charts the sorrowful decline of Alfred Hitchcock, the way he was shunned by his Hollywood peers, and the love that made it all worthwhile. It also illustrates the legacy of Psycho and wraps up with a tale that is best heard with the lights...out. This chapter is my favorite because it's the part of the story that makes the whole … [Read more...]

03/15

Strong Debut for “Inside Psycho” Podcast

Last week I told you about the new podcast I am producing for Wondery: Inside Psycho. This week I am proud to announce that Inside Psycho is now #1 on iTunes in the TV & Film category (#46 overall at this writing). It's also featured by Apple as "New and Noteworthy," which is a special privilege. Now, these are dynamic lists and rankings to be sure. Stuff changes. And iTunes rankings aren't the whole story. But even so, with the zillions of podcasts in distribution every day it says something to be atop these lists. If you haven't yet sampled the teaser for Inside … [Read more...]

10/10

Media Unplugged: Dear Advertisers: Our Audience Numbers Are Garbage!

Dear advertisers: Our audience numbers are garbage! And... The road to Hell is paved with pageviews. Plus, rants and raves about the iPhone parody gadget which earned one startup 1.5 million visitors a day, the Brangelina wax figure divorce, and more. This is the episode to listen to if you're a media brand perplexed that greater scale only drives down the value of your reach. It’s episode 51 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And … [Read more...]

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...]

05/28

Too Much Content Marketing, Not Enough Consumers?

When we all create content, nobody’s left to consume it! And… Will Facebook’s new Instant Articles wreck your favorite media brands? It’s episode 20 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus rants and raves on topics like crap articles with brand pedigrees, a silly plea for Google to spend more money on ads, the Pizza Hut movie projector, and “I had UBER’s idea first!” Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you're reading this by email, click here for the … [Read more...]

04/28

The Dawn of Audio UpFronts

If you're in the TV business, you're familiar with the UpFronts. That's the annual dog and pony show put on by the networks to debut their new shows and to impress and dazzle advertisers and media. On the digital side, we have the more recent NewFronts. Sponsored by the IAB, this event features 20 or more companies in the digital video space, including Google, Yahoo, Hulu, and others. And as of this month we finally have some equivalent events in the audio space. And for the record can I say this: It's about time. Last week, iHeartMedia launched its first "SoundFront," where they … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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