7/10/13: Triton Digital releases May online listening ranking, Pandora its June numbers

Paul Maloney
July 10, 2013 - 12:30pm

Internet radio listening kept to tradition in May remained largely flat across Triton Digital's Webcast Metrics panel of webcasters. The company released its May 2013 Top 20 Ranker yesterday.

Historically, most webcasters in the panel show little movement in the weeks before the "summer doldrums" of decreased webcast listening begin.

Pandora's Average Active Sessions (AAS) was off ever so slightly month-to-month in the Domestic Ranker (U.S. listening only) 6a-12M, Monday-Sunday daypart. Among other leading webcasters, CBS Radio, NPR Stations, and Cox were off about 8%. EMF bounced nearly back to where it was in February and March. (See the chart below for more.)

Top webcasters in the "All Streams" ranking (based on global listening) that don't appear in the Domestic chart include Digitally Imported, Prisa Radio, Karnaval.com, 977Music.com, and Sky Radio. The May 2013 Webcast Metrics Top 20 Ranker is here.

Meanwhile, Pandora has announced its own numbers for the month of June. The webcaster says it streamed 1.25 billion hours in June (down from 1.35 billion in May), but up 17% from a year prior. In March, before Pandora capped free mobile listening at 40 hours per month, it streamed 1.5 billion hours.

Pandora says in June it topped 71 million "active listeners," which is up a bit from May, and up 30% from June of 2012. However, its share of U.S. radio listening dropped from 7.3% in May to just over 7% last month.

Our coverage of Pandora's May 2013 numbers is here.

Paul Maloney
July 10, 2013 - 12:30pm

Recent research indicates that moderate background noise -- such as you might hear in a coffee shop -- can stimulate creativity. So, the new Coffitivity site generates a stream of caffeinated background hum for you.

Coffitivity even recommends mixing the sound along with music, like Internet radio, for best results!

In its coverage, The New York Times reported researchers as saying, "extreme quiet tends to sharpen your focus, which can prevent you from thinking in the abstract." Study subjects performed better in "brainstorming" exercises when exposed to ambient levels of noise (about 70 decibels) compared to relative quiet (about 50 decibels).

Justin Kauszler of the Coffitivity team told the paper that after his boss denied his request to work remotely from a coffee shop, he and some coworkers took recording equipment to a nearby cafe. Coffitivity is planning to release mobile apps in the next two weeks. After that, the team wants to tailor the streamed noise to different locales.

Try Coffitiviy here. Read more in The New York Times here and The Atlantic Cities here.

Paul Maloney
July 10, 2013 - 12:30pm

New AccuStream Research data on Internet radio and streaming music reveals "a 2013 growth rate of 47.5%, backed by monetization initiatives channeling $1.22 billion into the digital music ecosystem," the company says.

The data is from a new report called "Streaming Radio, Curated Station and Track Play Music: Listening Hours and Revenue Analytics 2013 - 2016." AccuStream says it analyzed "listening by brand, platform, product offering, business model, subscriber count, available inventory by format, CPMs (national and local), sellout rates and corresponding revenue" over multiple years.

Ad-supported streaming, the company projects, will account for nearly 62% of the sector's revenue this year. About half will come from in-stream audio ad paired with a display component. AccuStream also predicts total listening hours for ad-supported sterams will grow almost 80% this year to 28.6 billion.

As of press time, the study was not yet available on AccuStream's website.

Paul Maloney
July 10, 2013 - 12:30pm

Hypebot has posted a short video from BTIGResearch analyst Richard Greenfield, in which he controls the upcoming Internet radio service using Siri-enabled voice commands.

The video is a powerful demonstration of the potential of the integration of Siri and iTunes Radio. As Hypebot points out, it's a validation of ideas suggested by journalist Kyle Bylin in 2011 (here), when Siri was first launched. That is, the potential for the voice-command function to truly transform how we interact with music.

In the video, Greenfield commands iTunes Radio to "play Led Zeppelin Radio." Siri understands the command, and iTunes Radio instantly creates the station and starts playing.

"Imagine if you were driving just how easy this would be," Greenfield said. When he commands "Play Adele Radio," it seems Siri didn't understand command at first, but a moment later the device "figured it out," and the station began to play.

The video and Hypebot's coverage is here.