Tag: apple

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...]

02/19

Media Unplugged: Apple Says Fake News Is “Killing People’s Minds” – Really?

Apple says fake news is "killing people's minds" - really? And... Publishing platform Medium crashes - and idealism burns. Plus, rants and raves about Oscar-nominated screenwriters sharing some hilarious studio notes, and more. It’s episode 58 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 Media Unplugged at iTunes. Or do the same at Stitcher. Or Google … [Read more...]

01/13

Media Unplugged: Apple is the New Hollywood!

Apple is the new Hollywood! And... You can't fix Twitter. Plus, rants and raves about new products at CES that make perfectly good items too complicated, advice on writing stronger that should be more strongly written, Tom's great new book, "I Am Keats," and more. It’s episode 56 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 Media Unplugged at iTunes. Or do … [Read more...]

11/08

Now Any Car Is An Android Auto

The evolution of the car dashboard: It's all some folks in radio want to talk about. Understandably, since such a large fraction of radio listening happens while driving. But isn't it just the nature of disruption to change the conversation all at once? And that's what happened today with the news that consumers wanting Android Auto no longer need to wait to buy a compatible car to use the platform. Now the platform is coming to them! More accurately, Android Auto software will run entirely on an Android phone, thus circumventing the stodgy and finicky infotainment system ordained by … [Read more...]

09/19

Radio’s Problem After the iPhone 7

Unless you've been hiding under a rock you know that Apple released its latest iPhone last week, and the announcement came with all the usual pomp and publicity. But what does the iPhone 7 mean if you're working in the radio industry? The key thing is the much noted removal of the 3.5mm Earbud jack, an output device that - until now - has been ubiquitous. Sure, Apple will provide a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter in the box along with some standard Earbuds with a Lightning connector, but anyone who is buying Apple products in part for their design style (which is virtually 100% of their … [Read more...]

06/16

Radio’s Future in a Self-Driving Car

Estimates vary, but the consensus seems to be that we'll see a meaningful number of self-driving cars replacing the human-powered ones by 2020, less than four years hence. Personally, I think that's a bit optimistic, but I have no doubt that the future of cars is a self-powered one. While we fret about the future of radio in fast-changing conventional dashboards, we're missing the much bigger worry: What happens when all the tech sacrifices made to cater to the driver's attention and concentration vanish? What happens when the car becomes as engaging and as powerful as the gadget in your … [Read more...]

03/23

If Radio Wants to Matter in the Cars of the Future…

Remember when buying a new car meant more than buying an entertainment system that also happened to contain wheels? In other words, remember when you bought the car, not the entertainment system? No longer. Watch this TV spot for the new Kia Optima. It compares the entertainment system "in most mid-size sedans" to a Rubiks Cube. The solution to that problem? Apple CarPlay! So doing stuff via your entertainment system in your car "is as easy as it is on your iPhone." This strategy will last right up until Apple CarPlay (or Android Auto) is embedded into every auto dashboard. … [Read more...]

03/16

Audio is a Feature, Not an Industry

So what does it mean when the radio industry headlines lead with debt-burdened iHeartMedia and this: iHeartMedia Battles Angry Creditors as Bankruptcy Looms. What does it mean when the next headline is about Cumulus, and this quotation: "Q4 and 2015 results dismal as radio's decline shows no signs of stabilization." What does it mean when CBS announces their plan to spin all of their radio assets while at the same time vowing to boost revenue $3.75 Billion by 2020 based on everything except radio: Retransmission fees, OTT, international projects, and more? What does it mean when … [Read more...]

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