Tag: xm

04/07

Sirius XM’s Take on Personalization

Personalization is a rainbow extending all the way from "lowest common denominator" to "all mine." The former is what you get on the radio while the latter is what you find in the iTunes store. SXM's version of personalization, which appeared in the iTunes store this past weekend, is closer to the former than the latter, not that there's anything wrong with that. Want to skip songs or create your own custom channels? Sorry, Charlie. This isn't the place for you (assuming you're listening "live," whatever that means) - but then you knew that already. But if you have a favorite Sirius XM … [Read more...]

02/29

SiriusXM is Stealing Your Fans

It's largely off the radar for most broadcasters but I have noticed something interesting in the past year or so: Satellite radio is getting more important to consumers. I do regular proprietary research studies for broadcasters all over America, and one of my basic measures is the "favorite station" metric. For the many music stations I have conducted these studies for in markets large and small, the majority feature "SiriusXM" as one of the top 12 "favorite stations or services" in the market. Now I know that SiriusXM, like Pandora, packs many stations under one roof; this should … [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...]

12/14

Why I like SiriusXM’s new Mobile App

It hasn't gotten a ton of attention, but SiriusXM's recently revised mobile apps add some functionality which I think makes a dramatic difference in the quality of the user experience and also transforms the meaning of satellite radio online using the familiar metaphor of the DVR (not new for the conventional satellite radios, but certainly new for their streaming versions). It's no longer simply the mobile way to stream most SiriusXM channels via the Internet.  It now allows a whole new level of control, as illustrated by this summary from SiriusBuzz: The “START NOW” feature which will … [Read more...]

04/28

Watch the Keynote Session for the Worldwide Radio Summit LIVE FRIDAY

It's the kickoff session for the Worldwide Radio Summit, and - in a first for the radio industry - you can watch it LIVE right here! It will be Friday, April 29 - from noon-1:30 (ET)/9-10:30a (PT). Tune in to watch me moderate a roundtable session with some of radio's forward-thinking leaders: BILL MOORE -- CEO TUNEIN RADIO, RADIOTIME GERRIT MEIER -- COO Digital, CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO JOHN DICKEY -- COO, CUMULUS BROADCASTING LEE ABRAMS -- Former Chief Innovation Officer TRIBUNE, Chief Programming Officer XM MIKE AGOVINO -- COO, TRITON MEDIA GROUP You can check in via … [Read more...]

04/19

Watch the Opening Session of the Worldwide Radio Summit LIVE Online

In a first for the radio industry, the opening session of an upcoming industry event is being streamed LIVE online and you can watch it from the comfort of your own desk - for free! I'm talking about the first annual Worldwide Radio Summit next week in LA.  It's brought to you by All Access. I am moderating the opening session, and you are invited to watch.  Here are the details: KEYNOTE PANEL: THE FUTURE OF "ALL THINGS RADIO" 9-10:30 am PT, Friday April 29, 2011 Our panel of experts will discuss the current trends and future forecast for "all things radio." Whether it be … [Read more...]

02/14

Everything you need to know about Radio in the new iPhone 5

Rumors are rumors, but patents are real. Whether the technology produced by these patents arrives in the forthcoming iPhone 5 or a later version is anybody's guess, but it sure makes sense to me that we'll see this sooner rather than later (although it's also possible that we'll never see this). Back in December, Apple quietly submitted a patent application that altered the radio experience for its users and introduced three new elements to the iPhone:  FM, AM, and Satellite Radio - all built in. Besides a much slicker user experience than the standard radio dial, Apple has … [Read more...]

12/11

5 Reasons Sirius/XM does not need to fear Pandora

Pandora and other online radio pure-plays want to be in the car, and that will mean trouble for Sirius/XM, right? After all, Pandora et. al. are free while Sirius/XM is not. Not so fast. Here are five reasons why that logic could be all wet: 1.  Sirius/XM is destination programming.  For Pandora, the destination is me. That is, personalized radio services solve one problem really well, but they don't solve all problems equally well. Tons of Sirius/XM listenership is for professional sports, news and talk, or premium branded content like Howard Stern or Rosie or (now) Dr. … [Read more...]

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