The confines of a car have long been a favorite spot for enjoying music, helped by the rise of streaming and the enduring popularity of radio. Here we look into what it is that car goers listen to and why.
Recent news that Sirius XM has gained around 1.3 million subscribers, along with the reality that almost every new car manufactured has it as a built-in option all seems like good news for the satellite radio company, at least for now, but what happens when autonomous cars begin to encroach on their market?
Amazon is bringing Alexa voice control to the car. Announced in September, the Echo Auto is finally shipping to the more than one million drivers that pre-ordered it. To boost sales farther, the Echo Auto is on sale for $24.99, a 50% savings. Add free Spotify and TuneIn accounts and any advantage held by broadcast radio and SiriusXM virtually disappears.
While much has changed in the music industry over the past ten years, our listening habits while on the move have, until now, remained much the same. Historically AM/FM listening has dominated in the car but, while this is still somewhat true, traditional radio's grip on drivers seems to be loosening.
SiriusXM has added approximately 1.3 million net subscribers to end 2018 with for 34 million total paid subscribers, including those that come with new car sales and from other sources. Shares rose 2.09% in pre-market trading Wednesday.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will suspend most operations midday today, January 3rd, because of the partial government shutdown. The closure comes as the shutdown over border wall funding enters Day 13.
UPDATED: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will suspend most operations on Thursday, January 3rd. The suspension announcement comes as the US government shutdown over the funding of a border wall enters Day 12.
Mixcloud has launched fan-to-creator direct subscriptions after securing licensing pacts with labels and publishers. With a $2.99 per month Mixcloud Select subscription. users get an enhanced listening experience while supporting their favorite creator.
While radio stations have provided compensation to songwriters and music publishers, they have never never paid record labels, artists, or producers, something which, Richard James Burgess of A2IM believes, it's high time to change.
iHeartMedia announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Jelli, the company behind the SoundPoint platform which enables programmatic buying and selling broadcast radio ad time. The acquisition, which is designed to help radio compete with the kind of targeted advertising that digital services offer, comes just as iHeart appears to be emerging from bankruptcy.
Days after acquiring the SnowGlobe Music Festival to build its live entertainment presence, MTV has announced it is bringing back an old chestnut – “MTV Spring Break” – which introduced North America to many new artists during its heyday.
MTV has acquired the SnowGlobe Music Festival, as part of a plan to expand the brand and business beyond TV. Held on New Year’s Eve, the annual event is held in South Lake Tahoe and with more than 20,000 fans for three days of music, action sports and interactive art.
In a bid to build closer ties with black radio listeners, it appears Apple may be in the market to purchase steak in iHeartMedia a network which, despite its financial woes, carries significant influence and clout in the music business.
The rise of tech giants like Amazon and Netflix has left a number of bodies in their wake, include former brick and mortar businesses like Blockbuster Video and Toys R Us. Now, as the streaming continues to dominate the music consumption, we're starting to wonder - could radio be next?
Cars have been linked to the music industry for as long as both have been around - in advertising, consumption, and even lyrical content. Thanks to new analytic technology, it's now possible to quantify this relationship between the musical and the automotive.
Free online platform Dash Radio announced that it had raised $8.8 million in seed funding while passing 10 million active monthly users. Dash Radio offers 400+ live shows across 75 stations, many hosted by celebrity DJ's including Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Ice Cube.
Satellite broadcaster SiriusXM signaled a push beyond the vehicle market into the home and on mobile this week with a new Amazon partnership. Amazon Echo owners can get three free months of SiriusXM and those who sign up for a new SiriusXM All Access or SiriusXM Premier subscription get a free Echo Dot.
The statistics for women in country music could not be more stark. Of the Top 50 songs on country radio in the week of October 1st, just six were performed by women. Look beyond radio to streaming and other forms of consumption, and the numbers are even more dramatic.
As streaming continues to establish itself as the dominant form of music consumption, we're taking a look at the state of radio in 2018, and how American's love affair with listening on the road has helped keep radio alive as a viable portion of the market.
Mixcloud has signed a multi-year direct licensing agreement with Universal Music Group. Under the deal, UMG artists will be compensated for use of their music on Mixcloud's ad-supported and yet-to-launch subscription crowdsourced radio platform.
It's been a minute since SiriusXM bought up streaming service Pandora, a purchase decision which should greatly benefit the satellite streamer in a number of areas. including making it the worlds biggest audio entertainment company.
Exploring an innovative new partnership between Austin City Limits and KGSR/Austin, Jacobs Media sat down to chat with Emily Parker, the Program Director at newly created Austin City Limits Radio to discuss how the partnership came to be and where the station is headed.
Fred Jacobs examines the reality of radio's demographic challenge, it's addiction to the 25-54 year old age bracket, and it's need to capture the attention of Generation Z, which is already the largest generational group of them all.
Move over Daniel Ek and Lucian Grainge, Greg Maffei is now the most powerful executive in the music industry. Maffei is the president and CEO of Liberty Media, Chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and Chairman of SiriusXM, which yesterday acquired Pandora.