Tag: pandora

09/20

Pandora’s Future in Your Car

Today Radio Ink reported that Pandora is being dropped from Toyota's dash display. The report was based on an email sent to Toyota Entune users by the carmaker. Is this dire for Pandora? Should radio be celebrating? No. And no. I own a late model Toyota and I received that email. First, anyone who is forced to suffer Toyota's miserable Entune entertainment system knows it's easily the worst thing about their Toyota which, fortunately, can be easily circumvented by accessing the content of your choice directly though your mobile phone. Toyota's system is clunky and … [Read more...]

05/01

Dear FCC: What is Radio in 2018?

So the FCC is contemplating the relaxation of radio ownership rules. Some broadcasters want to own more stations under one roof in order to compete with more platforms attacking radio from the fringes. Central to this issue is what radio "is" now. In order to regulate something you need to know what it is and what it isn't, right? Here's a fact: Radio is not an industry of towers. It's an industry of content and listeners and advertisers. Spotify, Pandora, and podcast platforms all want to carve out a piece of the radio industry revenue pie for themselves. It's all audio. It's all … [Read more...]

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...]

09/19

Radio’s Streaming Effort May Be Screwed – Part 2

Yesterday I published a piece that argued two things: First, the decline in streaming for broadcast radio stations is real - it's a trend, not a blip. Second, that decline has consequences not only for your streaming strategy but also for the strategy of spreading your radio brands across every new platform under the sun ("Alexa, I mean you!"). So what do you do? Here's what I think you have to do. And not just you, but everyone who comes at digital from a place that has not, until recently, been digital: You have to start over. Imagine the consumer at the center of the content … [Read more...]

07/18

Media Unplugged: Pandora’s Prospects – Gloomy

Pandora's prospects: Gloomy. And... Can simple-priced generics topple your favorite brands? Plus, rants and raves about the role of desire in every decision you make, and why it's time to stop making "an IMDB for podcasts." It’s episode 67 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...]

04/12

Radio and the End of Personalization

There is a sense of inevitable satisfaction in the idea that we can get from digital platforms exactly what we want whenever we want it, right? We lean forward with Netflix and find precisely what we want or what Netflix tells us we will like because of what we have watched previously. We want that one song from Spotify, and so we find it and listen to it. We want to create a Pandora station that sounds just like one of our favorite artists so it hews as closely as possible to that expectation. We swim in a bottomless digital lake of recommendation engines, each looking to offer us … [Read more...]

11/07

Radio: There Will Be No More New Music Formats

If you're waiting for a new music format - a knight in shining armor - to save your flagging ratings, then you will be waiting for the rest of your professional career. Because there never will be one ever again. What's the next big new format? Radio has been asking that question forever. Most recently, the answer was Classic Hip Hop. Is it the next big thing? Maybe not (from Radio Ink): If you listened to Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins on his earnings call you might come to the conclusion that he believes the Classic Hip Hop format — or BOOM, as Radio One calls it — has run its … [Read more...]

08/02

hivio 2016 – How Pandora is Changing Audio Advertising

Lizzie Widhelm is Pandora’s Senior Vice President of Ad Product Sales & Strategy where she spearheads the team that brings advertising products to life and to market. At this Q&A from hivio, the audio future festival, Lizzie talks about the evolving Pandora platform and how it's changing its sales strategy to meet the future head-on. Here are some of the questions we cover: Why is this evolution of Pandora so important? How is the new shape of Pandora likely to be different from what Spotify provides today? What is your sales strategy at Pandora? Talk about your … [Read more...]

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