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Future of Music Radio: Today’s Hits and Less Variety

Have you noticed? There hasn’t been a significant new music radio format introduced in a decade. Sure, we’ve had Rhythm AC and Classic Hip Hop and perhaps other approaches that make nominal sense in a smattering of markets. But nothing big, nothing widespread, nothing popular across markets. Not since the so-called Adult Hits format. And that, you should remember, […]

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Here’s Why Apple Hired a Famous Radio DJ

Why would Apple hire a well-known radio DJ? This past weekend Apple plucked popular British DJ Zane Lowe from BBC’s Radio 1. Lowe is famous for his artist interviews and for what Rolling Stone describes as his “keen ear for emerging new music.” It’s assumed that Lowe will work on iTunes Radio and its music products, of course. […]

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Posted in apple, bbc, beats, future, Internet Radio, itunes, itunes radio, kcrw, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, music, online radio, pandora, radio, radio 1, radio industry, ramsey-blog, spotify, streaming, zane lowe

The New Auto Dashboard: Is Radio Screwed?

Last week, Google announced Android Auto, which – like Apple’s CarPlay – aims to fully fulfill the promise of the so-called connected car. Watch this video to see an illustration of how the platform integrates music, both from Google Play and from third party apps like Pandora or iHeartRadio: So what does this mean for […]

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Are There Too Many Commercials on the Radio? Nope!

A friend told me how radio broadcasters at a recent conference emphasized the importance of minimizing commercial interruptions in online radio streams without mentioning the proverbial elephant in the room: What about the far worse ad clutter on good, old-fashioned terrestrial radio? Does the logic of minimizing spots in one place mean spots should, for […]

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Posted in Advertising, commercials, Internet Radio, itunes radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pandora, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, spotload, spots

11 Million New Users to iTunes Radio – in One Weekend

That’s the news from Apple: Over 11 million unique listeners have already tuned in to iTunes Radio since launch with the most listened to song being “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake. A “Pandora killer”? Of course not. But does some of that listening come from Pandora? You bet. Does some come from other […]

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Posted in 11 million, 2013, apple, Audio Trends, Insights, Internet Radio, iphone 5s, itunes radio, launch, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pandora, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, trends

Radio’s Auto Dashboard Strategy: We’ve Got It All Wrong

I wrote this originally for NetNewsCheck and it is excerpted here with their permission. Go here for the full article. In the race to exploit new digital opportunities, Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker has described three “consumer Internet ‘white spaces’ yet to be reimagined.” One of these was the “ear” and another was the car. […]

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Posted in apple, Audio, auto, Automotive, dashboard, Insights, Internet Radio, itunes radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, netnewscheck, pandora, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, siriusxm, spotify, strategy

4 Ways iTunes Radio Changes Everything

This post was originally published by PBS’s MediaShift and is reprinted here with their permission. I wrote it shortly before last week’s spate of Apple announcements. The launch of Apple’s iOS 7 signals more than a major upgrade to Apple’s mobile operating system. Embedded in its feature set is an alternative to every music-playing radio […]

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Posted in apple, Insights, Internet Radio, ios 7, itunes, itunes radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, online radio, pandora, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, slacker, spotify, streaming

What’s ahead for Pandora? CTO Tom Conrad talks to Mark Ramsey

Tom Conrad is the CTO of Pandora, and this conversation – from hivio 2013, the inaugural radio ideas festival – is the first public response of Pandora following Apple’s introduction of iTunes Radio. Here are some of the questions I asked Tom: How has Apple’s introduction of iTunes Radio changed the calculus for Pandora? Are […]

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