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Spotify’s Attack on Radio in the Car

It’s informed speculation at this point, but the story goes like this: By the end of this month, Spotify is expected to make some hardware announcements, and there’s a good chance that one of those announcements will be designed to bring the platform closer to more cars. Obviously anybody with a smartphone and bluetooth can […]

Posted in alexa, car, car radio, connected car, gadget, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pandora, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, spotify, streaming

The Death of the Mobile Phone Antenna

So the hot rumor about the forthcoming iPhone 7 is that it will lose something that has so far been taken for granted. I’m talking about the headphone jack. No headphone jack means no place to plug in your earbuds, headphones, or stereo cable. That means the audio will transmit wirelessly, and that most irritating of […]

Posted in 7, Audio Trends, bluetooth, chip, connected car, Digital Strategy, earbuds, fm, FM on Mobile Phones, iphone, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile phones, nextradio, radio, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, rumor, wireless, wires

If Radio Wants to Matter in the Cars of the Future…

Remember when buying a new car meant more than buying an entertainment system that also happened to contain wheels? In other words, remember when you bought the car, not the entertainment system? No longer. Watch this TV spot for the new Kia Optima. It compares the entertainment system “in most mid-size sedans” to a Rubiks Cube. […]

Posted in android auto, apple, Automotive, carplay, connected car, future, kia, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, optima, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, trends

The New Auto Dashboard Isn’t as Scary as Radio Thinks

Every time there’s some new innovation out there which enhances the choice set available to consumers who want to hear audio entertainment or information, a chill runs up the spine of every broadcaster, because with such a large fraction of listening, radio seems to stand more to lose than to gain from the expansion of […]

Posted in apple, auto, car, coke, connected car, dashboard, doom, edison, fox news, future, libsyn, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, nike, pandora, podcasts, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, spotify, taylor swift, trends

How Many Cars will be Dashboard-Powered by Google and Apple?

There’s much interest and much consternation about the entry of Google and Apple into operating-system extensions for the car dashboard with Android Auto and CarPlay, respectively. According to BI Intelligence: By 2020, nearly 40 million cars will be using Android Auto and 37.1 million will be using CarPlay, and that will cover nearly all cars […]

Posted in android auto, apple, auto, beats, car, carplay, connected car, Digital Strategy, google, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, spotify

What Many Broadcasters Still Don’t Understand

When I read trade headlines like “who will lead Radio?” the implication is that there is this silo called “radio” which is independent from and not subject to the constraints of every other silo in the media space known by every other label. But radio really is a gift of attention by those who are interested […]

Posted in amazon, attention, connected car, dashboard, evernote, fractionalizing, mark ramsey, Media, om malik, pandora, phil libin, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, trends

What Many Broadcasters Still Don’t Understand

When I read trade headlines like “who will lead Radio?” the implication is that there is this silo called “radio” which is independent from and not subject to the constraints of every other silo in the media space known by every other label. But radio really is a gift of attention by those who are interested […]

Posted in amazon, attention, competitor, connected car, dashboard, evernote, fractionalizing, mark ramsey, Media, om malik, pandora, phil libin, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, trends

What Radio Looks Like on Ford’s New Sync 3 for 2016

Never let it be said that the automakers don’t listen to feedback, because when it comes to Ford’s clunky Sync platform, they got an earful. And guess what? Ford responded. This week the automaker introduced the latest and greatest version of its Sync infotainment system, and it looks great. It will make its debut on […]

Posted in 2015, connected car, dash, dashboard, Digital Strategy, ford, iheartradio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, pandora, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, siriusxm, spotify, sync, sync 3, technology, tunein

Surprise! Connected Car Users are Old and Rich!

Nielsen recently released a study that was not representative of the entire population. I know, so what else is new, right? Actually, this was their intention this time. It was a study of 5,985 respondents 18+ years old who either use or are extremely, very, or somewhat interested in at least one of the three connected life […]

Posted in Audio, connected car, demographics, income, intention, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, nielsen, pandora, purchase, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, research, siriusxm, trends, volvo

Predictions for Radio in 2014

Tom Taylor offered up some questions for radio to ponder in 2014. I thought I’d take this opportunity to answer them: 1. Connected car – friend or foe? Both – and neither. The connected car doesn’t care about you, radio. It cares only about the consumers on the buying end of the auto transaction and, […]

Posted in 2014, Advertising, connected car, Insights, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, online radio, predictions, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, tom taylor, trends
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