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]
John MacFarlane has stepped down as CEO of Sonos. Patrick Spence, who has already served as Sonos’ chief commercial officer and president since he joined in 2012, is taking over in the top exec role.[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]
Harman International’s JBL brand has added a new home speaker product that offers wireless playback without a Bluetooth connection. The JBL Playlist has Google Chromecast built in, which means owners of the speaker can use the it to stream music, radio, or podcasts from their other devices.[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]
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]
Mood Media has entered a partnership with Denon Electronics to make its Mood Mix available on the HEOS wireless multi-room sound system. This means that Mood Media’s commercially licensed streaming music service can be used more easily by businesses that own HEOS systems. Mood Mix is specifically designed for use as a soundtrack in retail environments.[read more]
Rumor has come to fact as Nielsen has acquired music data company Gracenote from parent company Tribune Media. The market-leading metadata company for music, video, and sports content, Gracenote instantly gives Nielsen an extraordinary level of intelligence about what's playing, and where.[read more]
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.[read more]
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.
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.[read more]