Tag: taylor swift

12/20

Can Taylor Swift Save Apple Music?

Have you checked out the Media Unplugged podcast I do with Tom Asacker? If not, the holiday season is a great time to catch up. Just go here for the iTunes link (other links are below). We reveal what's really happening in media. And so far, the 'cast has been good enough to be distributed by Media Village, NetNewsCheck, the prestigious American Marketing Association, and more. Maybe you're missing something! About this new episode (the last of 2015): Meet your new cable company: Amazon! And… Can Taylor Swift save Apple Music? Plus, rants and raves on the Alamo Draft House’s … [Read more...]

09/29

The New Auto Dashboard Isn’t as Scary as Radio Thinks

Every time there’s some new innovation out there which enhances the choice set available to consumers who want to hear audio entertainment or information, a chill runs up the spine of every broadcaster, because with such a large fraction of listening, radio seems to stand more to lose than to gain from the expansion of choice. Without question, new choices squeeze existing options. Indeed, given the growing number of distractions available to consumers across every platform – audio, video, and more, it’s exceedingly unlikely that the pie of audio listening is actually growing so long as … [Read more...]

07/01

Spotify after Apple Music – Brian Benedik at hivio 2015

What's in store for Spotify now that we're living in a post-Apple Music world? That's what I discussed with Brian Benedik, Spotify's North American VP for Advertising and Sponsorships at hivio 2015. Some of the questions Brian addresses: In its news releases Spotify seems to refer to “audio shows” rather than “podcasts.” Why? Spotify has added entertainment, news, and video clips to its wealth of music. What have you learned about consumer interest in these additions? How have they added value to the platform? Exclusive content will be a big part of Apple Music. How important are … [Read more...]

06/30

Dear Media: We Hoaxed You! Love, Taylor Swift and Apple Music

Was the Taylor Swift / Apple Music dustup nothing more than a premeditated hoax? Maybe! Listen to our argument! And… “I Want My MTV” is out, and “I AM My MTV” is in, but will anybody care? It's episode 22 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves about Amazon’s trend-setting plan to pay some self-published authors based on the number of pages read, and the one irrefutable, universal law of podcasting success – or not. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button … [Read more...]

04/16

Exclusives Power the Next Generation of Online Radio Competition

Once it was enough just to stream whatever the music industry pumped out. The marketplace was littered with online radio alternatives large and small. This was fine when there was nothing but blue sky and everyone was land-grabbing to scale distribution as quickly as possible. But now the online radio ranker has winners and losers - stars and dogs. And nothing perpetuates stars like stardom. So how do the challengers disrupt the leaders? Apple has one answer. Apple is not typically thought of as a challenger, but it certainly is one in the online radio space, and as the company … [Read more...]

02/04

Snapchat goes Big Media and Amazon becomes a Movie Studio

Snapchat introduces Discover and goes from messaging to big media. Also: Amazon’s making their own original movies – here’s why the movie business will never be the same. Plus, Tom raves about Taylor Swift’s move to gobble up trademark protection to many of her phrases, while Mark rants about the utter absence of ideas for season two of the popular podcast, Serial. Mark also raves about the most popular Superbowl commercials – many of which didn’t even exist. It’s episode 12 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go … [Read more...]

11/12

The Battle Between Taylor Swift and Spotify: And the Winner Is…

It's Spotify vs. Country superstar Taylor Swift! And the winner is... Yes, there is a winner - and it may not be whom you think. Plus, does the end of Honey Boo Boo really mean the end of trash reality TV? It's episode 7 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. If you haven't listened yet, this episode - about the conflict between shifting business models in the music industry (and what a "stream" really is) is the one to check out. I think you may be surprised by our take: Click the play button here: And if you're … [Read more...]

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