Tag: music radio

12/05

Here’s what IHeartRadio and TuneIn are Missing

Lots of blood, sweat, tears, and treasure have gone into making radio’s alternatives to Pandora et. al., yet I think both IHeartRadio and TuneIn are missing perhaps their greatest opportunity. And it’s staring them in the face. To be sure, these are terrific apps – as good as anything out there. So what are they missing and why does it matter? Let’s step back. If you’re going to provide an experience rooted in the radio stations listeners already know and love, then you should add value to that experience that corresponds to the problems listeners have with radio and how they … [Read more...]

08/15

Radio and Music Discovery – What it Really Means

You've probably heard about the new Nielsen study indicating that radio remains the leading way folks discover new music. From RollingStone.com: Forty-eight percent of listeners discover music via FM and AM stations, according to a new Nielsen Music 360 study of 3,000 online consumers. In second place for music discovery are friends and relatives at 10 percent, followed by YouTube at just seven percent. This strikes many folks as a surprise, but it shouldn't. Yet check out Rolling Stone's incredulous tone: Although Nielsen didn't break down the demographics of the survey group, it … [Read more...]

07/23

Radio Personalities – not Stations – are the “Brands”

In a content-driven, anything - anytime world, the advantage shifts from radio stations to personalities and the entities that own or license them. In the long run, fans of radio will be fans of personalities.  And how will those fans seek out those personalities? By the names of their stations - or by the much more direct path:  The name of the personality? And if consumers are searching by personality name, not by station, then doesn't the advantage shift to the personality or the owner of that personality's content? Radio legend Bill Figenshu talks with me about the future of … [Read more...]

07/20

Will Kickstarter Disrupt Public Radio?

Kickstarter is one of several crowdsourced funding platforms.  Have a pet project?  Post it there and let the crowd fund it for you (or not). Recently the folks at public radio program developer PRX (friends of mine) have been experimenting with crowdsourcing development funds for some of their programs, including the third season of a show about design and architecture, 99% Invisible. The results for this show in particular have been very strong:  Almost $100,000 raised as of this writing - more than double their goal. GigaOm argues that this kind of funding model might upset the … [Read more...]

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