4/26/13: CHR, rock, urban, and public radio fans are radio's most tech-savvy

Paul Maloney
April 26, 2013 - 11:05am

New details from The Infinite Dial 2013 show that CHR ("Top 40"), rock, urban, and public radio "P1" listeners are significantly more likely than fans of other formats to be engaged with new media, including online listening.

A station's or format's "P1" listeners are those that consume that particular programming above all others. It's typical for about one-third of a station's cumulative listeners to be P1s, and yet they might easily account for two-thirds (or more) of total listening.

Arbitron and Edison Research annually conduct "The Infinite Dial" to examine radio listeners' adoption and engagement of new media technology. They initially released the 2013 edition earlier this month (RAIN coverage here), and presented additional details at RAIN Summit West (here).

The researchers polled listeners of nine different radio formats, and found that just under half (47%) of CHR P1s are weekly online radio listeners (one-third have listened to Pandora in the past seven days). Whereas Net radio's weekly reach is about one-third of the population in general, about 40% of rock, urban, and public radio P1s are weekly online listeners.

More than seven in 10 CHR P1s own a smartphone, more than eight in ten have a social media profile (with almost half using social media several times a day). Additionally, public radio listeners are the most fervent podcast listeners (34% have listened in the last month), and about 40% of public radio and Adult Contemporary P1s own a tablet device.

Arbitron and Edison Research will release specific reports for each of the nine radio formats they studied next month. Read more in Arbitron's press release here.

Paul Maloney
April 26, 2013 - 11:05am

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (pictured) says he'll lead his panel to "conduct a comprehensive review of U.S. copyright law over the coming months," likely (at least partially) in response to Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante's copyright reform (reported in RAIN here). Goodlatte spoke at the World Intellectual Property Day at the Library of Congress.

"The goal of these hearings will be to determine whether the laws are still working in the digital age," Goodlatte said.

Among other issues, "there are concerns about statutory license and damage mechanisms. Federal judges are forced to make decisions using laws that are difficult to apply today. Even the Copyright Office itself faces challenges in meeting the growing needs of its customers - the American public."

Last year Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R), a member of the Judiciary Committee, introduced the Internet Radio Fairness Act (read more in RAIN here). A companion bill was introduced to the Senate by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D). The bill calls to change the legal standard by which judges determine the statutory royalty rate for streaming radio. The royalty rates for most other, related uses of copyright sound recordings use the standards set in section 801(b) of the Copyright Act. The 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act made an exception for Internet radio, requiring rates to be set to what the judges felt a hypothetical "willing buyer and willing seller" would agree. The law would bring Internet radio in line with media like cable- and satellite radio, requiring rates to be set along 801(b) guidelines.

The bill has yet to be re-introduced to this year's Congress.

Read more in The Verge here.

Paul Maloney
April 26, 2013 - 11:05am

One of the five special presentations scheduled for RAIN Summit Europe will come from Deezer VP/ad sales David Deslandes. Deezer is the web and mobile music streaming service based in France that's perhaps Spotify's most primary competitor. It's available in 182 countries (but not yet the U.S.), and boasts 30 million users.

Deezer already has an app for Microsoft Windows 8. And like Spotify, Deezer allows developers to create unique-purpose apps that access the Deezer music library. A former Microsoft executive, Paris-based Deslandes (pictured) joined Deezer as Deputy GM/Head of ad sales in July 2011.

RAIN Summits this week released the full day's agenda for the May 23 RAIN Summit Europe event in Brussels (RAIN coverage here).

RAIN Summit Europe has also scheduled five panel discussions. The first of those, "Identifying Online Audio's Sales Proposition," will focus on sales for ad-supported music streaming services. Adswizz VP/sales & marketing Patrick Roger and Havas Media head of radio Jean Pierre Cassaing (both also in France) will join Radio Marketing Service head of business development for digital media Lars Peters (Germany), Spotify Benelux managing director Tom Segers (Belgium), and Lagardere Active CR director of digital vision Lubor Zoufal (Czech Republic) on the panel. Nicolas Moulard, consultant at Actuonda in Spain will moderate.

The full agenda for RAIN Summit Europe is here, where you can also find Amiando and Eventbrite links to register for the event (just €99.00).