Tag: internet radio

10/16

“The Number One Station is Pandora”

Any good radio research nowadays allows respondents to express what they listen to using the lines consumers draw, not the ones historically drawn by broadcasters. For that reason, one of the questions I ask is this: “Considering AM, FM, Satellite, and Internet Radio, what one radio station or service would you say is your favorite for music specifically? In one recent study in a large market among women who listen to Hit radio stations and are aged 15-34, the answer to this question was clear: The number one choice was Pandora. And it was ahead of #2 by no small … [Read more...]

08/28

What Broadcasters MUST Do in the Online Radio Space

What is REALLY going on in the online radio space in local markets all across America? Triton Digital Chief Strategy Officer Patrick Reynolds lifts the veil on one local market, San Diego, at hivio 2013. In this presentation, Patrick brings us up to date on trends in online radio and explains just how much online listening is happening to Pandora at the local market level (it's pretty astounding). In the month before hivio, about two-thirds of the market's online listening was to Pandora, while the rest was spread across an astounding 4,754 different sources, including many broadcasters … [Read more...]

08/22

Newspaper Lessons in Transformation for Radio Broadcasters

Newspaper publishers are leading the transformation of media in large part because no corner of the media establishment has been so thoroughly disrupted. Invariably, that means some in the industry will become leaders while the rest become followers and even also-rans. Mike Hodges is one of the leaders. He’s President and COO of U-T San Diego (formerly known as the San Diego Union-Tribune), one of the largest and most profitable local media companies in Southern California. My conversation with Mike was one of the most popular Q&A’s from hivio, the radio ideas festival held this … [Read more...]

05/15

What Radio can learn from ABC TV

A few days ago ABC announced that they would begin live streaming content in two major markets with more to follow on a new app called WatchABC. NPR reports: ABC and other networks have long allowed you to watch their prime-time shows online after they air on TV, but ABC is the first broadcast over-the-air network to let you watch their live feed — including local news, daytime talk shows and prime-time dramas. Over the next few months, it will expand to cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. Eventually, ABC expects most of its affiliates will be onboard. Is it the … [Read more...]

04/22

“Pandora Helps Apple Sell More Music”

Maybe it's time to stop asking Pandora how they feel about Apple's pending entry into the streaming radio marketplace and start asking Spotify the same question. So argues GigaOm in this piece. And just-released data from the NPD Group tell the tale: One third (38 percent) of U.S. consumers surveyed reported that it is still important to own music, and 30 percent believe that listening to albums is important. Among consumers who listened to music on Pandora and other free music-streaming services, 41 percent reported that owning music was important to them; in fact, many free streamers … [Read more...]

11/01

MusicFIRST, but MusiciansLAST?

MusicFIRST really needs to have their heads examined. They're in a tizzy because, allegedly, Pandora executives have done what executives at companies post-IPO do - cash out some shares.  And since these folks own a lot of shares, that can add up to a lot of money. But what does this have to do with the central question of onerous music royalty rates and the Internet radio industry's long-term ability to profit in the face of them? Forgive the Econ 101 lecture, MusicFIRST, but the value of shares for a public company is a reflection of the market's expectation of future profitability, … [Read more...]

10/26

Apple’s “Pandora Challenge” is really a Radio Industry Challenge

Apple is rumored to be launching a radio-like streaming service, and Bloomberg is missing the point. Yesterday, Bloomberg published a piece focused on Apple's challenge to Pandora, yet it's blind to the larger reality: Whatever targets a radio-like experience in mobile platforms (especially cars) and is advertising-supported is a significant challenge to ALL radio, not just the folks from Pandora. Especially if it flips a switch and on day one and has distribution across numerous widespread platforms the world over. After all, it has taken Pandora years to approach a degree of … [Read more...]

10/04

What Happened to Music FIRST?

And so the critically important fight over music rights fees wears on. Pandora lobbies in favor of the Internet Radio Fairness Act now before Congress so as to make not only its business but the business of every current and future company playing music online more viable (keep in mind, Pandora has yet to turn a profit thanks largely to withering and model-killing rights fees foisted on the industry by the labels). The MusicFIRST coalition (shouldn't it be called LabelsFIRST?) counters that absurdly over-the-top fees are appropriate despite their industry-stifling impact that over the long … [Read more...]

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