RAIN 9/26: Pandora leaps ahead in August Webcast Metrics as most other webcasters grow

Michael Schmitt
September 26, 2011 - 12:00pm

RAIN's updated tracker chart with August numbers shows Pandora leaping ahead of the other webcastersSupposedly free of tracker errors, Pandora's audience soared 40% month-to-month in Triton Digital's newly-released Webcast Metrics for August 2011, while nearly all other webcasters also grew.

The top-ranked Pandora now commands an AAS (Average Active Sessions, which is essentially equivalent to AQH — i.e., average simultaneous listeners) of 676,801 -- nearly double the combined audience of the other 19 ranked webcasters in the Domestic Mon-Sun 6a-12m daypart. Pandora's numbers have for the past few months been affected by the omission of tracking code in some of their mobile apps.

(Click the chart at right to view a larger version.)

Most other webcasters also saw gains over July, though many were only regaining ground lost during summer. For example, #2-ranked CBS Radio was up 16% month-to-month, but their AAS of 97,712 is lower than where it was in April (98,676). Clear Channel was in a similar position, growing 14% month-to-month but reaching an AAS lower than April's.

Slacker was the only webcaster in the Top 20 ranker to show a month-to-month decline, but even then it was very slight.

August also saw several webcasters reach new record highs for 2011. AccuRadio, Digitally Imported Inc., EMF Corporate, Greater Media and Radio One / Interactive One -- not to mention Pandora -- all reached new year-high AAS levels.

You can find the Domestic and All Streams Mon-Sun 6a-12m rankings below. Find out more from Triton Digital’s Webcast Metrics report here (PDF) and find our coverage of July 2011’s ratings here.

Triton Digital's domestic ranker for August 2011 (Mon-Sun, 6a-midnight)Triton Digital's all streams ranker for August 2011 (Mon-Sun, 6a-midnight)

Michael Schmitt
September 26, 2011 - 12:00pm

iHeartRadio Music Festival took place this weekendOver the weekend, Clear Channel hosted their iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas to promote their new custom radio service. The festival took place Friday and Saturday and included performances from Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Black Eyed Peas, Bruno Mars, Usher, Jennifer Lopez and more. Radio-Info has more coverage of the concert here.

The new Pandora-like iHeartRadio arrived for Android devices over the weekend as well. It launched in beta early September (RAIN coverage and review here) and an iPhone app arrived soon after (here).

Michael Schmitt
September 26, 2011 - 12:00pm

FacebookEvolver.fm's Eliot Van Buskirk notes that what may have been "the neatest thing about Facebook Music" is currently missing. That is, real-time group listening a la Turntable.fm, where a group of online users are listening to the same music at the same time.

But he writes (here, reprinted by CNN) that "at least two streaming radio services plan to implement it. Slacker, specifically, says it has been working with Facebook to do so for months."

Michael Schmitt
September 26, 2011 - 12:00pm

Orlando WEUS (810) afternoon host Shannon Burke is leaving to join webcaster RadioIO. Burke will join Bubba the Love Sponge to host a daily show (he previously hosted a weekly show on RadioIO's Bubba 2 channel). All Access has more coverage here.