Tag: slacker

11/19

Why Slacker is Radio’s Best-Kept Secret

How can terrestrial radio partner with online radio for the benefit of both? That's just one topic tackled by Duncan Orrell-Jones, CEO of Slacker Radio. In this Q&A from hivio, the audio future festival, Orrell-Jones outlines Slacker's business strategy and how it contrasts with the strategies of more familiar names like Pandora or Spotify. Slacker's emphasis is on building a state-of-the-art radio experience and pursuing unique deals in partnership and distribution. Some of the questions Orrell-Jones addresses: How is Slacker different - how are you approaching online radio … [Read more...]

11/03

Pandora to Exclusively Stream Serial Podcast – and What It Means

Beginning later this month, Pandora becomes the exclusive streaming home for the uber-popular Serial podcast. And starting next year, Pandora adds Serial's sister radio show/podcast This American Life (on what can only be a non-exclusive basis). I've been thinking about the consequence of this announcement, and here's the best I can come up with: It's good PR for Pandora in an otherwise quiet time It's great news for Serial, which gets to add an all-new distribution partner with millions of tuned-in consumers That's it. While this evolution may make sense for Pandora given the … [Read more...]

02/10

You are Invited to hivio 2015 – the Audio Future Festival

There are events for radio and online radio and digital and local revenue and commercial and public and Christian broadcasters, but there's no event for people across the audio space to gather together in one place at one time. Audio is one medium, and hivio, the audio future festival, is that one event. I'm proud to announce that tickets are available for the third annual hivio audio future festival - this year in Los Angeles at the legendary Hollywood Improv. Who's on the stage? We have one speaker who is a Forbes “Top 30 under 30” and another whose company was just picked as one … [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...]

09/19

I’m Going to Stage a Secret Radio Meeting

...much like the one being staged in "secret" at the NAB Radio Show right now. And like that meeting, the purpose of mine is to plot radio's digital future. Because, as we all know, the future of any industry is best mapped out by its leading executives, locked together in a private room with nary a consumer in sight.  Consumers will do what they're told, after all.  The control is all ours! This is how General Motors did it for years! I will make sure only to invite folks who see eye-to-eye with me on the main issues of the day, as I see them.  Troublemakers need not apply. Also … [Read more...]

05/29

Here Comes the New Dashboard

So what's in store for the auto dashboard of tomorrow? It may not be whatever's on the drawing board in Detroit (or in the picture above). It may really be whatever's in your pocket. So says venture capitalist John Backus: In-car electronics, standalone GPS, satellite radio, seatback DVD players and HD radio will quickly disappear, replaced only by the smartphone powering a dumb screen on the dashboard. In other words, argues Backus, YOU are the new dashboard. And when he says all these technologies will "quickly disappear," he's talking about them as unique and distinct … [Read more...]

02/17

The Limits of Personalization

Okay, so I have weird tastes.  I'm the guy whose favorite dishes in restaurants are discontinued for lack of interest.  And my music tastes are just as irregular. But thanks to the Internet you can find anything nowadays, and thanks to personalized radio services you can create what you want out of nothing if you so desire. It so happens that there's a channel on SiriusXM that gets close enough to one thread of my weird tastes.  Also,  I created my own version on one of the personalized radio services.  And here's what I discovered: The SiriusXM version is better.  The one that is … [Read more...]

12/21

R.I.P. Arbitron’s Total Audience Measurement

Earlier this week, a number of leading broadcasters piped in on a scenario whereby Pandora and other online radio services would be measured alongside radio in Arbitron's supposedly forthcoming Total Audience Measurement report, and the most telling word was this one:  "Frightening." Indeed it is "frightening," the thought that a stable ecosystem of radio brands with huge barriers to entry could be penetrated overnight by a theoretically limitless number of present and future online radio brands all nibbling at the same presumably finite trough. Forget the fact that any reasonable observer … [Read more...]

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