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Internet radio executives from across Europe will meet in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday May 23rd for the 2nd annual RAIN Summit Europe organized by Kurt Hanson, publisher of “RAIN: Radio and Internet Newsletter”.
The pan-European conference will be a day-long event, including thought provoking panels and presentations, insightful speakers experts on various aspects of the field of streaming radio, and engaging networking opportunities. Executives from many different European countries will share thoughts and ideas on the future of radio in the digital world.
"Internet radio is an extremely fast-growing field,” said Kurt Hanson. “In some countries, Internet radio listening now comprises up to 10% of all radio listening, and it is growing at the rate of 30 - 50% per year. It’s a delivery mechanism for radio that’s able to offer wide variety, incredible depth, and even personalization. And now in 2013 it’s coming quickly into the car as well!"
Radio Nacional refuerza Radio 5 con más programación local y participación ciudadana con su proyecto Radio 5.0
Por otro lado, la radio pública todo-noticias pretende convertirse en un referente para la participación ciudadana y vanguardia tecnológica en la aplicación de su proyecto Radio 5.0, desarrollado por la Dirección de Medios Interactivos de RTVE. Radio 5 incluirá en su parrilla diversas ventanas para la emisión de espacios producidos por los oyentes-internautas.
Today at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, Google announced a new music streaming service called Google Play Music All Access. The service will compete with other entries to the market like Spotify, Rdio and Pandora.
Google Play Music All Access will run $9.99 in the US, with a 30-day free trial and it launches today. If you start your subscription by June 30 the price drops to $7.99 monthly.
“Music unites us, it’s universal,” says Google’s Chris Yerga. “We set out to build a music service that didn’t just give you access to a world of music, but helped to guide you through it.”
For a journo who has found success with decidedly old-school methods, Ed Gordon has some advice for aspiring broadcasters: get on YouTube.
There are a lot of people who’ve given up trying to get on commercial television and have gone to securing their own YouTube channels, and I think, at the end of the day, that’s going to be the future of broadcasting. People are just going to put stuff out there. They’re gonna have their own YouTube channels, and eventually you’ll be able to buy things from those channels. But I think one of the things that people have to understand is it takes perseverance.
Spotify recently rolled out some of the new features it teased in New York last December with a new way to “follow” people — not in the religious or stalker senses, but in the Twitter sense of seeing what they’re up to. Spotify being a music service, that means seeing what the famous people you like and the friends you have are listening to.
Rdio, a leading competitor of Spotify’s, rolled out a similar feature at another press event, at SXSW, last year.
This started us thinking… how do these “follows” differ? If one thing you want from your music service is to broadcast your taste and check out what other people are digging, which is the best way to go: Rdio or Spotify?
New smartphones equipped with FM radio receivers could be available as soon as this summer. “We believe that we’ll have phones in the market probably in the next 60 days,” Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan said yesterday on a conference call in response to a question about when the Emmis-engineered NextRadio app would launch.
Smulyan didn’t mention Sprint by name and an Emmis spokesperson said later that the company has a non-disclosure agreement with the wireless provider. The radio industry is being asked to commit $45 million in advertising inventory to Sprint over three years to get FM on 30 million Android and Windows smartphones. Brokered by Smulyan, the deal revolves around the NextRadio app which will allow listeners to access and interact with FM broadcasts.
Smulyan is optimistic that consumers will embrace the new technology. “If the American public responds as we hope they will, and they see radio can perform in a whole new light on a device they carry with them, we think it’s a game changer for the industry,” he said. Smulyan said it will increase radio listening and could create “a tremendous amount of new revenue” for the industry through enhanced ads enabled by the app’s IP-connection.
"Starting today, Soundrop will offer a new way to listen: individual rooms dedicated to any single artist or band, so that fans of (or newcomers to) their music can gather to listen to that bands music."
Companies can stand to reap rewards from creating emotional connections with consumers, and it seems that radio benefits in its own way from emotional triggers.
a main reason for listening to AM/FM radio is to get in a better mood, with another 40% citing this as an important reason. Additionally, about 7 in 10 say that wanting to escape from the pressures of an everyday life is an important or main reason to listen, and about 8 in 10 listen because radio keeps them company.
Overall, the most common main reason given by respondents for listening to AM/FM radio was to hear their favorite songs (53.7%), while 41% say that liking to work with the radio on is a primary reason for listening.
Given its ability to keep them company and improve their moods, many listeners turn to radio as their first media activity of the day.
That’s not to say that radio doesn’t suffer from “unforced errors,” as dubbed by the researchers. Among those 1 in 8 respondents listening to less radio this year, slightly more than half said that too many commercials were to blame, while about half said they didn’t enjoy the programming. Comparatively speaking, radio isn’t being cannibalized by other media: few said they were spending less time with radio because they had increased their time on the internet, watching more online video or TV, or playing video games.
It's a busy day at THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL in HOLLYWOOD, as the WORLDWIDE RADIO SUMMIT has a full slate of events TODAY (5/3).
Opener Looks At Digital Landscape
After an opening presentation by LISTENER DRIVEN RADIO's DANIEL ANSTANDIG, the opening panel, moderated by KENRADIO BROADCASTING Founder/Pres./host KEN RUTKOWSKI, featured SLACKER Pres./CEO JIM CADY, CBS RADIO Local Digital Media Pres. EZRA KUCHARZ, CLEAR CHANNEL DIGITAL Pres. BRIAN LAKAMP, and BBC Hot AC RADIO 2 and Triple A 6MUSIC Head of Music JEFF SMITH discussing the changing digital landscape for radio.
RUTKOWSKI challenged the panel by noting that his polling of people at his gym turned up no use of radio or broadcasters' apps; CADY noted that the top question a car stereo installer told him people ask is how to connect their smartphones. When RUTKOWSKI told CADY that SLACKER is "not radio," CADY countered that it is radio, just on a different delivery method, with radio clocks and programmers from terrestrial radio; LAKAMP said that listeners have a social-level relationship with radio personalities that is different from customizable streaming choices (including his own iHEARTRADIO's custom radio offering), while KUCHARZ stressed creating a community ("not just three songs in a row") and asserted that artists can tell you where they were when they heard their songs on the radio for the first time, but can't do that for PANDORA. And LAKAMP insisted that at CLEAR CHANNEL, "we don't have a digital strategy, we have a brand strategy."
KUCHARZ said that he thought that satellite radio's growth is stagnating, although CADY said that SIRIUSXM "seem(s) to be doing well ... if you deliver quality content ... people are willing to pay for it." LAKAMP disputed RUTKOWSKI's comment that CLEAR CHANNEL "works slow," offering examples of how the company moves on initiatives and adding that he "wouldn't be working here" if it wasn't that way. KUCHARZ added that CBS moves fast as well, considering itself a "content company" rather than a radio company.
In a Q&A session, RUTKOWSKI asked the panel to say what their product is and what they sell, and after the panelists did not directly answer the question, RUTKOWSKI noted that GOOGLE considers its product the users and said he was concerned about the companies' "old media ways." After he noted how NETFLIX and AMAZON are developing their own content, KUCHARZ countered that the companies are partnering with established producers, adding, "it's hard to create new content." And CADY noted that adding personalities to his streams substantially increases Time Spent Listening.
On first inspection, Google All Access, the new streaming music service that Google announced on Wednesday, is merely a late arrival to an already crowded party. It's yet another entry alongside big players that include Pandora, Spotify, Last.fm, Rdio and Rhapsody.
But unlike any of those other companies, Google's music service could fail to capture market share from the big players and still be a success. That's because delivering music and new accounts is yet another way for Google to amass personal, intimate details about its hundreds of millions of users -- information that enables it to better target ads.
We’re pretty excited about Spotify’s latest update in which we can see how many times a track has been streamed worldwide. Only last week we called for a wider understanding of streaming numbers in our Sandbox lead (issue 84) as the requirement for increased transparency from streaming services has been evident for some time.
The Spotify update shows individual track streams for an artist’s top 10 tracks. Although the count represents the all-time cumulative number of streams, they are ranked by popularity over a recent period.
So, for kicks, we looked at the top 10 tracks from the Spotify Top List for all Spotify territories, and then compared the number of streams the track has received on YouTube.
NPD Group SVP/Industry Analysis Russ Crupnick sees the music industry headed towards another cliff -- and thinks streaming audio and capturing the favor of the 100 million "casual music fans" may be the keys to averting it. Crupnick presented recent research findings at RAIN Summit West last month in Las Vegas.
"We desperately need streaming radio to succeed," Crupnick told attendees. "We need to get the lawyers, guns, and money out of the way, and start having a better understanding of how to get consumers on to the next model."...
Here's the bright spot: online radio usage is up 6% among young people (see the chart) -- and up 23% among baby boomers -- in the past year. Online radio is even the "way number-one" reason people are quitting P2P downloading: "It's just so much easier to use a streaming service," Crupnick paraphrased....
But the real opportunity for streaming radio to succeed, and the music industry to avoid another cliff, Crupnick argues, is not going after the "core" music fans (the 30% of the population that accounts for 80% of the money spent on music). Radio and streaming services are already "serving them really well." The opportunity lies with attracting the other 70% of people -- the "casual" music fan.
Clic"Companies like Google, Apple and Facebook are eyeing the streaming and on-demand music business now dominated by smaller niche companies such as Pandora and Spotify. When they do -- and most analysts agree it's really just a matter of time -- they could give nearly everyone the ability to listen to whatever they want, whenever they want -- and mostly for free," wrote San Jose Mercury News' Heather Somerville yesterday....
f true, this brings up a whole host of issues, some of which Somerville explores, like the impact on artists, consumers' relationship with music, and others. But where does it leave Internet radio: both pureplays like Pandora, and music broadcasters who'll rely more and more on digital efforts to grow? Smaller companies will have to become even more creative and agile to offer a value proposition the larger companies can't -- a sort of "boutique" existence, catering to niche and local audiences...
NRJ Global, régie du groupe NRJ, renforce son savoir-faire sur les nouveaux médias en créant "NRJ Digital Solutions".
Cette nouvelle structure s’appuiera sur des compétences internes fortes : un studio graphique composé de DA et de webdesigners, un pôle technique entièrement intégré, un pôle marketing expert en acquisition, eCRM et community management et sur des ressources éditoriales pour la création de contenus textes et vidéos s’appuyant sur les ressources de son pôle Télévision. Avec cette création, NRJ Global allie ainsi la puissance du média radio (plus de 12 millions d’auditeurs quotidiens pour les 4 radios du groupe NRJ) et celle de ses 4 chaînes de télévision (NRJ12, Chérie 25, NRJ Hits, NRJ Paris) avec l’horizon du développement digital pour une offre de communication globale : radio, TV et digitale.
Helienne Lindvall: A YouTube subscription service without ads may be tied in with its Spotify-like audio-service
Google is said to be pushing for an ad-free YouTube subscription service to be tied in with its planned Spotify-like audio service. According to an executive familiar with the issue, the tech giant already has deals in place with a multitude of record labels, including the majors, for the audio subscription service. However, there is said to be disagreements regarding how Google should remunerate the labels for the bundled YouTube part of the subscription.
"As soon as streaming becomes the leading way people consume music, it will highlight the issues surrounding revenue and business models for everyone involved and really pave the way to a new era — for both good and bad."
"Once smart, creative and connected people measure their performance by something else than number of sales, they’ll start working on replacing the main old model by a diverse number of new models." By David Dufresne (@DavidDufresne), CEO of Bandzoogle, a website builder and marketing platform for independent music artists.
New Triton Digital listening data confirms it’s a mobile world for online radio. More than half of internet radio listening (56%) occurred on mobile devices in March, up from 46% one year earlier. Triton also says Pandora’s mobile listening cap is paying off for rival webcasters.
Mobile consumption was the fastest growing online audio segment in March. But pureplays are growing mobile audiences faster than broadcasters. Mobile listening to pureplays during the Monday-Sunday, 6am-midnight daypart leapt 23% from February to March while broadcast streams had a 5% increase. In January, Triton showed broadcast radio streams with an 80/20 split in favor of listening on desktops, while pureplay publishers tracked in the opposite direction with a 70/30 split in favor of mobile listening.
Looking to target the holes in its chief rival’s service, pureplay webcaster Slacker launched a $5.5 million marketing campaign in mid-February. Based on internet radio ratings for March released yesterday by Triton Digital, the investment is beginning to pay off. Average Active Sessions during the Monday-Friday, 6am-8pm daypart rocketed up 22% for Slacker, as the webcasters blew past both CBS Radio and Cumulus to rank third among Triton’s domestic top 20. The increase follows a 3% boost by Slacker in February. The campaign includes a 30-second online video ad that attempts to reposition Pandora as a repetitive music machine with limited selection and Slacker as more human with playlists created by music experts and a larger music library.
SoundTracking, a mobile app for iOS and Android devices designed to be “the soundtrack to your life”, is releasing a new update today that now supports Instagram photos. Users can now share photos that they’ve taken in Instagram right into their SoundTracking timeline to complement the music they’re listening to.
The addition of this new service comes as SoundTracking announced some new user statistics. The company says it has 2 million monthly mobile users who are helping to create more than 1.75 million daily social actions within the app.
The rise to two million is largely attributed to SoundTracking’s redesign at the beginning of this year and the addition of its Smart Play feature, which brings in content from YouTube, Spotify, and Rdio. The social actions shared include the number of views, plays, likes, loves, comments, shares, follows, and more.
According to Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs, “Techsurvey9 shows that while gadgets and new media continue to occupy the headlines, radio’s ability to uniquely connect with consumers on their preferred platforms is the secret sauce for future success in the digital space.”
Here some of the key findings:
Radio is making the transition to digital: Consumers are now accessing station content on digital channels. When asked to recall their last week’s listening to the station that sent them our survey, 14% of all respondents say they tuned in on computer and mobile streams, as well as other digital sources. The younger the generation, the more reliance there is on digital platforms to enjoy broadcast radio.
AM/FM Radio still matters: The “emotional triggers” from 2012’s Techsurvey8 study are intact: listening to radio at work, mood enhancement, escape, and companionship. And consumers continue to demand radio in their new cars, as well as rely on broadcast radio for new music and new artist discovery.
Pandora is a big player: By far, Pandora continues to be the most popular pure-play Internet option, outstripping its competitors. While Pandora is a force to be reckoned with on the mobile front, its main drawback is now its commercials, cited by a growing number of its listeners. And even Pandora users continue to be significant consumers of broadcast radio.
Protecting The In-Car Listening Franchise: More than half of all respondents say that most of their radio listening takes place in cars. And now, more than one in ten (11%) drives a vehicle equipped with a “digital dash” system like Ford’s Sync, especially fans of Country, News/Talk and Sports radio.
It’s about mobile – and mobility: The three big stars of Techsurvey9 are smartphones, tablets, and the “digital dashboard.” Each shows significant increases in acquisition indicating that consumers are continuing to take their favorite content with them wherever they go.
Beyond Facebook: Still the social media “big dog,” Facebook continues to be the ubiquitous platform for all format fans and generations. But digging deeper, Techsurvey9 reveals strong pockets of users for “secondary social platforms,” including Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram. Year to year, PInterest has more than doubled in reach, with incredible strength among women. And Snapchat is emerging as a choice among Gen Z – today’s teens.
Techsurvey9 results were gathered online from January 29-February 19, 2013. Overall, 264 broadcast stations across the U.S. and Canada participated, contributing 78,111 respondents.
A series of format webinars has been scheduled. You can find all the dates/times and registration information by clicking here:
Hybrid Radio uses existing FM or HD broadcasts as a robust and reliable way to deliver audio, but presents them like an app, by using additional meta-data (such as logos and descriptions) delivered over an IP connection (WiFi, 3G, LTE). This all happens automatically and without any user intervention...
This “agree on technology, compete on content” sentiment means we can harness the collective energy and resources of the global radio industry to help reinvent broadcast radio as a genuine and powerful competitor to streaming services.