Jacobs Media Techsurvey 2018: Radio still strong, podcasts and smart speakers grow

The 2018 edition of the Jacobs Media Techsurvey shows survey trends for consuming audio and radio, derived from American and Canadian radio listeners. More than 64,000 listeners and 567 radio stations in the U.S. and Canada participated in the online survey. AM/FM radio remain strong, and the latest annual survey showed growth for podcasting and smart speakers. Continue Reading


Amazon still leads the global smart speaker market, but competitors’ shares are growing

Amazon currently leads the industry for smart speakers, but more international competition has started to chip away at its dominant market share. Market research company Strategy Analytics released its first-quarter report on the product category. The analysis found that 9.2 million units were shipped globally in the period. Continue Reading


YouTube Music broadens its Artist on the Rise program for breakout performers

YouTube Music has expanded its program to spotlight up-and-coming performers. Artist on the Rise will now include a monthly program under the Trending tab, spotlighting a new musician every four weeks. The first highlighted artist is Jessie Reyez, whose career has grown from creative popular covers of pop tunes to receiving the Juno Award as Breakthrough Artist of the year. Continue Reading