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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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T-Mobile Says: Your Online Radio Listening is now Free

Remember when some broadcasters dismissed online radio, arguing it would never catch on because the data plan caps would keep a lid on demand and discourage ongoing use of the platforms? Well, I and others long ago revealed the flaws in that argument based strictly on the relatively thin data requirements of audio streams (especially when […]

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Radio Listeners: Is “Free” All That Matters?

“When it comes to mobile devices, we need to remind listeners that radio is FREE – that its use does not sap so much precious battery energy and even more precious data plan bandwidth.” So argue the folks I call the “freeks.” These are the well intentioned folks in the radio industry who believe that […]

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Posted in app, Audio, bandwidth, consumers, FM on Mobile Phones, free, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, nextradio, online, online radio, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, streaming

Apple and Google Want the Car Dashboard – Now

Dear Radio Listeners: Apple and Google want you! Even (and perhaps especially) when you’re in your car. Here’s a video showing some of the navigation functionality of the “coming soon” iOS upgrade: But don’t imagine that the functions will be limited to maps and directions. From 9to5Mac: iOS in the Car is a feature that […]

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Posted in android, apple, Audio, dash, dashboard, google, in-car, Insights, iOS, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, Moble Audio, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, technology, trends

What’s the Future of Radio in the Connected Car?

What does the crystal ball predict about the future of the so-called “connected car” and radio’s place in it? That was the purpose of my conversation with Toby Trevarthen, VP Monetization for Aha by Harman, a key provider of platforms and apps to automakers and the “connected” car. Here are two of the key questions I discussed […]

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Posted in aha, Audio Trends, Automotive, connected car, dash, harman, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, online radio, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, streaming, toby trevarthen, trends, tunein

Making Sense of the Auto Dashboard

It seems to me that radio is in a bit of paralysis by analysis when it comes to the “connected” auto dashboard. As we get lost in the details of what change is coming and how fast, we’re not focused nearly enough on what to do about it, given that such a large proportion of […]

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Posted in auto, Automotive, compelling, connected, dash, dashboard, detroit, live, local, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, sense, unique

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

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

Radios Ripped from New Cars? “Not So Fast,” say Consumers

You can climb down from the ceiling now, Mr. Broadcaster – it turns out new cars will feature FM/AM radios built-in for the foreseeable future (although certainly not forever). The logic of this should be obvious to us all, but particularly obvious for anyone who bothers to talk with consumers. And I did. Between March […]

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Posted in dashboard, detroit, FM on Mobile Phones, in-car, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, radio, radio industry, radio ink, Radio's Future, research

What Wins in the New Radio Dashboard

A huge proportion of radio listening happens on the mobile devices known as automobiles, especially during the aptly-titled “drive times.”  And there’s considerable concern regarding the impact technology and new listening options will have on that listening as those new choices steadily make their way into cars. It’s fair to say that nowhere in a […]

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Posted in Audio Trends, auto, automaker, cellphones, detroit, Digital Strategy, drive time, in-car, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, radio, radio industry, RIU, trends