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06/29

What Apple’s Beats 1 Means for Your Radio Brand

The shape of Apple's new live-streaming radio station Beats 1 is coming into focus, and it's full of exclusive celebrity content: The New York Times reports that Elton John will have a regular show on Beats 1 titled "Elton John's Rocket Hour," and it will play old and new music. Other musicians with shows on Beats 1 include Pharrell Williams, Drake, Josh Homme, St. Vincent, Jaden Smith, and Disclosure. Pharrell isn't just a presenting a show, though. His new single "Freedom" will be the first track exclusive to Apple Music, only available to listeners of Apple's streaming … [Read more...]

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06/16

The Power of Audio – Mark Ramsey @hivio 2015

We live in a video world, don't we? A world where pictures are worth a thousand words and are therefore a thousand times more powerful, right? Not always. Sometimes the power of audio can be amazing, and the intimacy and impact of audio on listeners and on consumers can be monumental. Hence my opening presentation at the recently wrapped hivio 2015, the audio future festival. The title was "The Power of Audio." It's more than a love story to audio and to those who make it and appreciate it. If you have ever had a client question the value of audio as an ad medium, this is the … [Read more...]

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06/13

What Apple Music’s Streaming Radio Station REALLY Means

In part one of the slicing of Apple Music, I looked at the all-you-can-eat streaming service itself. Today, in part two, I go inside the strategy behind Apple Music's streaming radio station, Beats 1. What is Beats 1? It is "Apple's first 24/7 worldwide radio station." Special? Innovative? No (and does Zane really not have his own board op?). That's despite the hyperbolic and breathless reception this initiative is getting by some tech-heads who should know better. Take MacWorld, for example: What’s really neat is that every user around the world will hear the same content at the … [Read more...]

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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...]

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05/27

How to Watch hivio STREAM LIVE

hivio, the audio future festival, goes LIVE in about ONE WEEK. If you're not in the room with us at the world-famous Hollywood Improv, you can join us online and watch live FOR FREE. Just click the image below and then click "add to calendar": There you can also see the full lineup! Click here to share the LIVE STREAM of hivio with your friends and peers! See you online on June 4! … [Read more...]

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05/14

IMGR, a Cool New Tool that Makes your Audio Production Stronger

I'm always on the lookout for cool and effective new tools that can make the radio industry better, more productive, and entertaining and engaging to its listeners. This week I found a great one, IMGR. IMGR is an on-demand station branding solution that offers thousands of content files (and new ones every week) that are fully customized for any station and its voice talent. It also features regular jingle updates without logo restrictions and - best of all - the ability to edit it all directly through the app's multitrack editor. I talked with IMGR founder Mark Goodier for a tour of … [Read more...]

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05/12

How to Make Your Online Audio Go Viral

Video goes viral, but what about audio? I have never even heard the expression “viral audio,” have you? “Going viral” means “being shared.” So why is it so tough to share audio online? In some cases the sharing capability is clunky or nonexistent. But even where conventional sharing functions exist there are two larger problems: Consumption and discovery. Consumption: Online audio is hard to consume. Okay, not hard, but taxing. If one picture is worth a thousand words, then it takes a thousand words to communicate one picture and – more importantly – the time to consume a thousand … [Read more...]

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05/06

How Many Cars will be Dashboard-Powered by Google and Apple?

There's much interest and much consternation about the entry of Google and Apple into operating-system extensions for the car dashboard with Android Auto and CarPlay, respectively. According to BI Intelligence: By 2020, nearly 40 million cars will be using Android Auto and 37.1 million will be using CarPlay, and that will cover nearly all cars launching connected car services, according to BI Intelligence estimates. That conclusion springs from a premium-priced report from BI Intelligence. The report goes on: CarPlay and Android Auto will be especially useful for expanding the reach … [Read more...]

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