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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 […]

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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

Here’s How Radio Gets MORE Important In Cars

I have written extensively about the challenges radio will have in cars with a dashboard which is built to sync with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. I have also written a lot about what happens to radio when cars drive themselves (hint: It gets ugly). But there’s another force out there and it’s a force in […]

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Posted in alexa, amazon, android auto, apple carplay, Audio, car, ces, ford, future, in-car, listening, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, radio, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, sync, technology, trends

No AM Radio? Automakers Should Listen To Their Customers

Now I am as pro-technology as anyone you’ll find in the audio space, but the reason to be pro-technology is to be pro-consumer. Because any technology that doesn’t serve the interests and desires of consumers is a solution that, by definition, nobody wants. And the only thing worse than not being wanted is being UNwanted. So […]

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Posted in am, am radio, auto, Automotive, bmw, car, consumers, ev, expectation, fm, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, tesla, trends, value, vehicle

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 […]

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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 […]

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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

Radio’s REAL Problem on the New Auto Dashboard

Yesterday I wrote that some auto industry analysts believe radio needs to be easy to find and use on the new auto dashboard because ease of discovery and use will trump any discussion of how good or bad the actual content is. In other words, consumers are not likely to seek out great content they […]

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Posted in amc, auto, Automotive, car, dashboard, Digital Strategy, Insights, mark ramsey, media mark ramsey media, mobile, nordstrom, Public Radio, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, starbucks, technology, walking dead

Radio’s Spot on the New Dashboard – Time to Do a Deal?

This past week I had a conversation with someone knowledgeable in the auto technology space: “The dash is getting crowded and complicated,” she argued, “and the harder to find a radio station is the less apt folks will be to listen to it.” “But if the content is compelling enough, they will seek it out,” […]

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Posted in auto, Automotive, car, dashboard, future, Insights, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, mobile, platform, radio, radio future, radio industry, ramsey-blog

How to Beat the New Car Dashboard

All this fretting over the evolving car dashboard is so much ado about the wrong stuff. Okay…. A flood of new content is coming. Lots of it is already here. There is no way to keep it out because consumers don’t want it out. The primacy of radio on the car dash is officially a […]

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Posted in Apps, Automotive, car, control, dash, dashboard, future, in-car, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, online radio, radio, radio industry, strategy