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Apple is gearing up to sell audio ads on a music-streaming service it intends to unveil at its developers conference next week, sources have told Reuters, going up against Google and US-based Pandora Media in the increasingly competitive market for mobile music.
It's no secret that radio audience size has been declining rapidly over the last decade. Recently, a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan has confirmed what many have been speculating; that these numbers have been drastically reduced to the demographic of human beings who spend hours of their day driving to and from work on highways with four or more lanes.
Is the future of radio in-car - traffic news and talk? The answer might depend on where you live. In Italy, for example, around 70% of all radio listening is in the car, while drivers and passengers only account for roughly a third of listening in the UK.
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Twenty-six million people, half the population of the UK are now tuning in to digital radio each week, the latest figures show. And digital radio listening hours now account for 34.3% of all radio listening, up 17% year on year.
New Radio 1 breakfast DJ Nick Grimshaw has lost nearly a million listeners since taking over from Chris Moyles, plunging to the flagship show to its lowest audience for a decade.
Public service broadcasters like the BBC can afford to pursue long-term strategies, but the decision to replace the very popular Moyles was nonetheless brave. The critics will have a field day, but attracting young listeners to radio is crucial for Radio 1's future.
Swedish Radio has identified 12 editorial priorities. The first of them, which is about using social media and interactivity, reads:
"Develop Journalism 3.0 and the relationship with the audiences. Social media is here to help us strengthen our audience relationship."
There are two main reasons for us to participate in social media. The first reason is purely selfish: we want our content to be shared and spread as much as possible.
Very useful 'Social Media Handbook for Journalists' from Swedish Radio
DAB and DAB+ are the future for European digital radio, according to key figures in the industry who addressed the Radiodays Europe conference in Berlin. Sessions focused on the move towards turning off analogue services and the possibilities for hybrid radios combining digital broadcasting and the internet.
The process of building a digital future for radio is gathering real momentum in Europe thanks to events like #RDE and initiatives like #Euro-Chip -
Figures released by Pandora show that in 2012 its users listened to more than a million different songs by over 100 thousand different artists. Ten per cent of these artists were streamed to more than a quarter of a million unique listeners. This totalled over 13 billion hours of music.
Next month's Radio Week (11-15 February) will see EBU headquarters become a hive of activity around digital and hybrid radio, with meetings and activities addressing the full spectrum of issues affecting the technologies and how they are used.
Ford has announced a new developer program which will allow radio stations gain space on a vehicle’s digital screen via apps. The SYNC© AppLink™ already includes a way to listen to the radio via smartphones, with Pandora, Stitcher smart radio and iHeartRadio on board, but now Ford is opening it up to any station – regardless of whether the station is online, AM, FM, or digital.
This article talks about the release of iTunes Radio, and about all its features. Some pros would be that it finds songs based off of your iTunes list and lets you customize what songs are be played better than Pandora. Also every song has a buy now option that will take you to the iTunes store, so that will help artists selling their songs. Only cons that I can find would be that it will still have ads unless you buy the subscription.
No longer an oddity, digital radio in many corners of the world is becoming an important part of the mediascape and a next step in the evolution of content delivery.
A hard core of listeners over the age of 55 are threatening BBC Radio 1’s reinvention as a cool “youth” brand by refusing to switch off the station.
It's becoming harder to pigeonhole audiences who refuse to grow up. Attracting younger listeners is key to the future, but the stubborness of older fans of the UK's biggest youth radio is presenting the BBC with an interesting quandary.
Google has formally announced its new subscription music initiative, Google Play Music All Access. Rumors first broke that Google was working on the service earlier this year.
Jørn Jensen is best known outside his native Norway as President of the WorlDMB Forum, but he also works for the Norwegian public service broadcaster, NRK, whom he joined in 1986 after a 10 year career as a musician. Jorn initially made radio programmes for NRK's Music Department, but over the years he has become increasingly involved in programme production and development, as well as the creation of new digital stations.
Mark Rock is the founder of Audioboo.fm, the social way to share your voice, narratives, stories and news. Mark has recently passed along the CEO role to focus more on strategic thinking for the company, as well as working on some new startups in diverse fields and, finally, spending a little more time with his wife, dog, five guinea pigs and four children.
Helen Boaden is taking up the new role of Director, BBC Radio from April. Here’s her email to staff saying goodbye, and hello.
Not enough car manufacturers are taking the digital radio switchover seriously.
The average age of a car in the U.S. is now 11 years old – and that means that in the next year or so, many Americans will be in the market for a new vehicle. And many of these consumers will purchase one that is equipped with a system like Ford’s SYNC and Toyota’s Entune. This is significant because as we learned in Techsurvey8, a majority of our 57,300 respondents say the lion’s share of the broadcast radio listening takes place behind the wheel.
When will such cars come to Africa when the average lifespan of cars on the continent is most likely more than 20 years?