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Infinite Dial date is announced: March 9

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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.

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NAB’s post-Norway promise to FM in the U.S.: “A thousand times No”

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.

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Ford/Toyota try to slow Apple/Android takeover of digital dashboards

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.

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Pandora launches wide release of new “Muted Video” and display ad formats

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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.

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Podomatic working with AdvertiseCast for podcast ad monetization

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Podcast publishing and hosting service Podomatic has entered a partnership with AdvertiseCast to bring monetization tools to its clients. AdvertiseCast is an online marketplace for buying and selling audio advertising. One interesting aspect of this deal is that podcasters do not need to use Podomatic's hosting service.

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iHeartRadio launches on-demand music service: RAIN Review and competitive outlook

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As promised in September, iHeartRadio has launched its two-tiered subscription product: iHeartRadio Plus, and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster.

Both are being rolled out in beta today, with a free 30-day trial. The new subscriptions service features two breakthrough functions: replaying and saving songs from live radio.

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Programmatic advertising dominates digital display; radio and other traditional media on track

Zenith Media shared some results from its 2017 edition of Programmatic Marketing Forecasts. Programmatic already dominates digital display buying, and will to an even greater degree in 2017. Traditional media, including radio, are slower to adopt data-driven buying, but the report says they will.

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