XAPPmedia has completed its third quarterly study of Internet radio ad loads, finding more advertisers than in previous editions, a slight bump upward in ad load from the previous report, and more local advertising.[read more]
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The weekly update of the streaming audio industry, from RAIN News. THIS WEEK: Pandora's request denied; iTunes podcast anniversary, Sirius XM earnings; UK streaming growth; FM chips in phones. [read more]
In October Triton Digital commissioned Edison Research to survey mobile music listeners about how they engage with audio advertisers. The results shine light on the multi-device digital lifestyle. The study targeted 410 listeners in the 18-54 group, each of whom had actively listened to Internet radio in the past week.[read more]
A federal judge has denied Pandora's request to reverse an earlier rate-setting ruling, and allow Pandora to pay lower music royalties to BMI. The decision is a mile-marker along a twisting path that involves the market-leading Internet radio service (Pandora), both government-regulated PROs (BMI and ASCAP), and South Dakota radio station KXMZ.[read more]
The Download on Podcasts is a weekly feature sponsored by PodcastOne.
Podcasting goes back to 2003, with its technology underpinnings stretching back even further. But for iTunes, which added shows in 2005, and therefore for most of the podcasting listenership, the category is 10 years old this summer.
In this week's earning call (see RAIN News coverage here), Sirius XM CEO James Meyer and CFO David Frear answered investor questions about connected cars, online streaming, and the recently settled pre-1972 lawsuits.[read more]
Classical music is a niche category, one which might be shrinking as its main demographic ages. Its presence on radio has reduced again and again over 60 years, even on public stations where specialized music can find audience. NPR station WGCU went HD with it.[read more]
Cumulus/Westwood One leveraged Amazon Prime Day by commissioning an Ipsos study of advertising effectiveness in promoting the event. With the result favoring traditional radio ads, the survey turned a pure digital story into a testimonial of analog reach and power to drive consumer action.[read more]
Sirius XM reported its Q2 earnings, and raised guidance on annual revenue and subscriber growth. The report followed and exceeded an exceptionally bullish Q1 report in April.[read more]
Music subscription service Rhapsody sent a notice that its Android app has been refreshed with new design and usability features. Version 5.0 includes several key changes, which we tested.[read more]
In an unexpected announcement by NextRadio that will be greeted warmly by all advocates of FM reception in smartphones, AT&T has added FM chip activation to the specification list that it gives OEM phone makers. This development carries a hopeful message to Emmis-owned NextRadio, and the stations which participate in that app.[read more]
Pandora's Sponsored Listening program, which began a beta launch period last October, emerges today as a full-throttle marketing opportunity for all advertisers. We spoke to Lizzie Widhelm, VP of Digital.[read more]