Edison Research and Triton Digital, co-producers of The Infinite Dial, have announced the date of this year's webinar release: It is March 9 at 2:00pm EST. The broad and detailed survey of American listening behavior has been conducted annually since 1998, producing long-running trend indicators, and is widely considered to be an authoritative snapshot of how and where Americans listen to audio.[read more]
As we reported, Norway has started turning off its nationally operated FM transmitters and switching radio stations across the country over to DAB digital. In an era when first-movers signal future mainstream, it's natural for U.S. broadcasters to get the shivers. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) addressed the matter head on.[read more]
In a peculiar mix of pain and gain, Pandora released news that encompassed significant staff layoffs and upbeat earning guidance. Timed after market close on Thursday, the double message caused an eight percent stock rise at one point after-hours.[read more]
Webcast listening in November gained one percent compared to the previous month, according to Triton Digital's Webcast Metrics monthly Top 20 Ranker, released today. Click through for RAIN's long-term historical charting, and the past year's listening to the top three leaders.[read more]
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How much is podcasting worth? Depends who you ask. It even depends on when you ask the same person. a new podcast ad-revenue projection is out this week, aimming for the half-billion level.[read more]
Ford has announced that it will start integrating Amazon's voice-activated Alexa system in its cars this month. Alexa is the virtual assistant popularized in Amazon's Echo and Dot devices, and the Ford/Amazon alliance is a pointer to the future of voice-controlled car infotainment.[read more]
A collective of record labels, streaming platforms, and advocacy organizations leveraged the CES spotlight to announce a commitment to high-resolution (hi-res) audio streaming. The loosely-articulated mission continues an industry trend whose mileposts have been as varied as Neil Young's Pono venture, Tidal's hi-res streaming subscription service, and the small but notable resurgence of vinyl records.[read more]
Ford and Toyota have formed the SmartDeviceLink Consortium, an alliance of car companies and software developers intended to create alternatives to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the leading suppliers of smartphone integration in dashboards. The effort hopes to bring some oxygen into a closed duopoly governed by the world's two leading operating systems.[read more]
Everybody seems to want SoundCloud to be acquired, though the company itself does not publicly contribute to speculation. The latest? A report of unnamed sources saying Google is now investigating a SoundCloud purchase.[read more]
Pandora is announcing today the wide release of its two newest ad formats: Muted Video and Responsive Mobile Display, after six months of testing with a handful of launch advertisers. Test partners included Denny's, Google, Express, and the Lexus Dealers Association. The beta period enabled Pandora to develop usage metrics.[read more]
Happy New Year!
RAIN News is pleased to present predictions from 29 thought-leading guest futurists. 2017 will carry forward the audio industry's reputation for quick, disruptive change.
Almost exactly one year after Live365 went dark, sending thousands of small webcasters scrambling for new platforms or giving up their stations, Live365 is back. Details are scarce, but this is what we know now.[read more]