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04/11

Spotify’s Attack on Radio in the Car

It's informed speculation at this point, but the story goes like this: By the end of this month, Spotify is expected to make some hardware announcements, and there's a good chance that one of those announcements will be designed to bring the platform closer to more cars. Obviously anybody with a smartphone and bluetooth can conceivably use Spotify in their cars, but the platform is notoriously laborious - indeed, that's the whole point of Spotify: Getting exactly what you want when you want it - and that takes a bit of effort. For most users, it's not the passive experience that Pandora … [Read more...]

01/23

Did Smart Speakers Affect Radio Listening in 2017?

There's lots of talk about the impact of smart speakers like Amazon's Echo on usage for radio. Indeed, last year alone, some 25 million of these devices were sold, 11 million in the holiday quarter alone. The appeal to broadcasters is obvious: A device that's all about listening - and it's being embraced by millions of American households who quite possibly don't own radios at home and thus are less likely to listen to them. What if we could return the radio to the living room in the form of Amazon Echo or Google Home? What would that do to radio listening? I thought I would put that … [Read more...]

12/04

Media Unplugged: How to Survive the Media Apocalypse

How to survive the media apocalypse. And... Voice control: It's not as big as you think - but maybe it will be. Plus, rants and raves about Spotify's reinvention as an partner for music artists, the new Steven Spielberg movie The Post, and the the wax museum selfies that have outraged the world. It’s episode 75 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 if you're reading this by email, click here for the audio. Sample and subscribe to … [Read more...]

10/09

Media Unplugged: Apple’s TV Strategy Revealed

Apple's TV strategy revealed! And... Video wins online - but where's the money? Plus, rants and raves about Dyson's move into electric vehicles, the scale of Amazon's investment in Alexa, 12 questions that will change your life, and my own new podcast about the people and the making of the movie The Exorcist. It’s episode 72 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 if you're reading this by email, click here for the audio. Sample and … [Read more...]

06/22

Access To Your Radio Station Is Not Enough

This one is going to upset some of you, so get ready.... Recently I did some research where listeners were asked what platforms they listened to and where they listened to them. One respondent, a 40’ish woman with a teenaged son, indicated that her son would never listen radio “because he’s always wearing those headphones attached to his mobile phone.” At first, I couldn’t understand why she viewed this as an obstacle to listening to radio, since radio can run through those same mobile phones and into those same headphones, thanks to streaming. It can, but that’s not how this consumer … [Read more...]

01/05

Here’s How Radio Gets MORE Important In Cars

I have written extensively about the challenges radio will have in cars with a dashboard which is built to sync with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. I have also written a lot about what happens to radio when cars drive themselves (hint: It gets ugly). But there's another force out there and it's a force in the other direction. And that force is your own voice. Ford has announced an integration between their Sync platform and Amazon's Alexa voice control system: [Starting] this summer, drivers will be able to talk to Alexa in their Ford vehicle to ask questions, look for destinations, … [Read more...]

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