Tag: itunes radio

04/09

Future of Music Radio: Today’s Hits and Less Variety

Have you noticed? There hasn't been a significant new music radio format introduced in a decade. Sure, we've had Rhythm AC and Classic Hip Hop and perhaps other approaches that make nominal sense in a smattering of markets. But nothing big, nothing widespread, nothing popular across markets. Not since the so-called Adult Hits format. And that, you should remember, was presented as the antidote to the narrowness of terrestrial radio formats when those were the only formats we knew. It was built for the appetite for variety, the disdain for clutter and interruptions, and - critically - … [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...]

06/30

The New Auto Dashboard: Is Radio Screwed?

Last week, Google announced Android Auto, which - like Apple's CarPlay - aims to fully fulfill the promise of the so-called connected car. Watch this video to see an illustration of how the platform integrates music, both from Google Play and from third party apps like Pandora or iHeartRadio: So what does this mean for radio? Well let's take a step back. Broadcasters have been obsessed over the dashboard lately because they smell big trouble. But the trouble is much bigger than whatever you're sniffing, gang. Here is my assessment of where we are and where we're heading. … [Read more...]

10/03

Are There Too Many Commercials on the Radio? Nope!

A friend told me how radio broadcasters at a recent conference emphasized the importance of minimizing commercial interruptions in online radio streams without mentioning the proverbial elephant in the room: What about the far worse ad clutter on good, old-fashioned terrestrial radio? Does the logic of minimizing spots in one place mean spots should, for the same reasons, be minimized in every place? Here’s my answer (and this may shock you): No. Three reasons: 1. Practical Reality On a purely practical basis, there is no way the radio industry is going to significantly trim … [Read more...]

09/23

11 Million New Users to iTunes Radio – in One Weekend

That's the news from Apple: Over 11 million unique listeners have already tuned in to iTunes Radio since launch with the most listened to song being “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake. A "Pandora killer"? Of course not. But does some of that listening come from Pandora? You bet. Does some come from other iTunes listening? You bet. Is some of that listening brand new - borrowed from nobody in the radio space? You bet. Is some of that listening stolen from radio? Absolutely. There's a slavish devotion among some in radio to research which asks respondents to dissect their … [Read more...]

09/19

Radio’s Auto Dashboard Strategy: We’ve Got It All Wrong

I wrote this originally for NetNewsCheck and it is excerpted here with their permission. Go here for the full article. In the race to exploit new digital opportunities, Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker has described three “consumer Internet ‘white spaces’ yet to be reimagined.” One of these was the “ear” and another was the car. And she describes the latter as “largely untapped.” Naturally, broadcasters are in a tizzy because one industry’s white space is another industry’s breadbasket. Indeed, roughly two-thirds of radio listening occurs away from home, largely in autos. What to do? … [Read more...]

09/15

4 Ways iTunes Radio Changes Everything

This post was originally published by PBS's MediaShift and is reprinted here with their permission. I wrote it shortly before last week's spate of Apple announcements. The launch of Apple’s iOS 7 signals more than a major upgrade to Apple’s mobile operating system. Embedded in its feature set is an alternative to every music-playing radio station and every online radio service – iTunes Radio. But is iTunes Radio just another choice for music, along with Pandora, Spotify, and the rest? Or is it something much bigger, something that changes everything? I think it’s the latter. First, … [Read more...]

07/15

What’s ahead for Pandora? CTO Tom Conrad talks to Mark Ramsey

Tom Conrad is the CTO of Pandora, and this conversation - from hivio 2013, the inaugural radio ideas festival - is the first public response of Pandora following Apple's introduction of iTunes Radio. Here are some of the questions I asked Tom: How has Apple’s introduction of iTunes Radio changed the calculus for Pandora? Are you personally surprised by how big Pandora has become? Why has Pandora become so big and not its many competitors? What’s your secret sauce? Are there any plans to add spoken work/talk content to the platform? Are there any plans to add local traffic, … [Read more...]

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