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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

Radio’s Streaming Effort May Be Screwed – Part 2

Yesterday I published a piece that argued two things: First, the decline in streaming for broadcast radio stations is real – it’s a trend, not a blip. Second, that decline has consequences not only for your streaming strategy but also for the strategy of spreading your radio brands across every new platform under the sun […]

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Posted in digital, Digital Strategy, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pandora, pureplay, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, screwed, spotify, strategy, streaming, trends

Radio’s Streaming Effort May Be Screwed – Part 1

It’s one of the most disturbing results from the recent Triton streaming audio trends report, and most broadcasters are looking the other way. This is the picture I’m talking about: The charts show year-over-year streaming listening growth for pureplays (e.g., Spotify, Pandora, etc.) and for broadcasters. And it clearly shows two things: Pureplay listening is […]

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Posted in Digital Strategy, disney, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pureplay, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, screwed, streaming, triton

Why Data Caps Don’t Matter for Audio

Do consumers want radios built into their mobile devices so they can save on precious bandwidth? In other words, does the use of audio streaming itself push bandwidth past available data caps? Is audio a “data hog”? Is there a consumer problem here? I have previously argued that audio streams are, in fact, fairly economical. Even […]

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Posted in bandwidth, emmis, entertainment, fm, FM on Mobile Phones, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile phones, next radio, nextradio, online radio, pandora, radio, ramsey-blog, streaming data cap

Dear Media: We Hoaxed You! Love, Taylor Swift and Apple Music

Was the Taylor Swift / Apple Music dustup nothing more than a premeditated hoax? Maybe! Listen to our argument! And… “I Want My MTV” is out, and “I AM My MTV” is in, but will anybody care? It’s episode 22 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves about Amazon’s […]

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Posted in amazon, apple, apple music, Audio, bump, hoax, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, Media, Media Unplugged, mtv, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, taylor swift, tom asacker, unplugged

What Apple’s Beats 1 Means for Your Radio Brand

The shape of Apple’s new live-streaming radio station Beats 1 is coming into focus, and it’s full of exclusive celebrity content: The New York Times reports that Elton John will have a regular show on Beats 1 titled “Elton John’s Rocket Hour,” and it will play old and new music. Other musicians with shows on […]

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Posted in 2014, apple, beats 1, brand, broadcasting, hivio, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, music, radio, radio broadcaster, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, red bull, stations, zane lowe

What Apple Music’s Streaming Radio Station REALLY Means

In part one of the slicing of Apple Music, I looked at the all-you-can-eat streaming service itself. Today, in part two, I go inside the strategy behind Apple Music’s streaming radio station, Beats 1. What is Beats 1? It is “Apple’s first 24/7 worldwide radio station.” Special? Innovative? No (and does Zane really not have […]

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Posted in apple, apple music, daniel ek, Internet Radio, jimmy iovine, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, music, pandora, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, spotify, tim cook, tim westergren, zane lowe

Slicing Apple Music – Part 1: Will It Kill Spotify?

As is now widely known, Apple Music is comprised of three key elements: iTunes – but on demand and in the cloud (a la Spotify), a worldwide radio station, and a social network that connects fans to artists and their content in whatever flavor it exists. I’m going to analyze each of these pegs in Apple […]

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Posted in apple, apple music, Internet Radio, itunes, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, market, Media, music, Music Industry Trends, pandora, piperjaffray, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, revenue, spotify, store

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

Are Your Audio Ads Too Dumb? Make Them Smarter

Data is powering marketing in general and advertising in particular in ways that could not have been imagined even five years ago. It’s important for folks in the audio space to bend their heads around this because data is, fundamentally, a form of marketing intelligence. And the more marketing intelligence that’s packed into ad inventory, […]

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Posted in ads, Advertising, age, Audio, digital, gender, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mike agovino, online, online radio, programmatic, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, registration, triton, triton digital, zag, zip