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See major music services' ebbs and tides in Google search popularity

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 11:45am

A blog called Music Machinery has published charts of Google search trends for several major online music services, which indicate which are growing in popularity, and those whose best days appear to be behind them.

The graphs represent trends in the number of Google searches for the service since 2005. Each is an "index." Instead of real numbers of searches, the vertical axis of each graph runs from 0 to 100, with 100 representing the service's "peak search interest" moment. Thus, services can't be compared to each other for raw popularity using these charts -- they only show trends over the past eight and a half years.

Interestingly, iTunes looks pretty flat since 2010. That may represent the saturation of its install-base (while iTunes does exist on the web, most users have it installed on their device, and thus have no need to search for it on Google). It will be interesting to watch how this trend changes with the introduction of iTunes Radio later this month.

It's not surprising to see Pandora's steady growth since 2006, but it is also perhaps leveling off. Some other services showing steady growth: Spotify, Rdio, SiriusXM, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, Songza, 8tracks, and Shazam. Not so good for: Last.fm, Rhapsody, Deezer, Grooveshark, Turntable.fm, MOG, and Playlist.com.

Look at these grahps here.

Tech show "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" recruits 16 month-old reporter for Berlin coverage

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 9:00am

To celebrate its tenth year of broadcasting from the IFA Consumer Electronics & Home Appliance Show in Berlin, "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" has brought on a new reporter, Kameron Graveline.

Sixteen-month-old Kameron Graveline (Dave's grandson)!

The IFA show itself is rich in tech history -- Albert Einstein was its first Keynote Speaker in 1924! "Into Tomorrow's" special IFA broadcasts will air the weekends of September 13th and 20th.

"Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" is a three-hour radio program, now in its 18th Year, that airs every weekend on over 190 AM and FM radio stations across the U.S. and Canada, and online. Check out the show here.

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 11:40am

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Subscription services bet on human intelligence to curate music in ways machines can't

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 12:25pm

You might enjoy some interesting reading regarding music services' well-publicized efforts to bring legitimate human intelligence to their music curation and recommendation functions.

The SiliconAngle discusses the rapid rise of artist Lorde on the power of both a high-profile Spotify playlist and (perhaps even more importantly) sharing of the song among users.

Check out the article here.

Ramsey wonders if radio's outdated web design means it's not serious about the Internet

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 12:55pm

Consultant Mark Ramsey feels strongly about "responsive design" for the web -- that is, building web sites with optimized viewing and navigation across a wide range of devices (PC, tablet, phone, etc.). So strongly, that he's redesigned his MarkRamseyMedia.com to adhere to responsive design principles (we haven't put it through rigorous testing, but we're sure it works).

But it's left him wondering if perhaps radio's failure to do the same means broadcasters "aren't serious about the Internet."

He cites Federated Media and NPR as two big exceptions. But, "if your radio brand has a website that’s intended to be pinched and squeezed on mobile devices, you are inviting your audience to go someplace else next time," he wrote. "And if you turn them off on the web it’s that much more difficult to turn them on on the air."

Read more from Ramsey here.

If you have a minute, One Minute Radio has your song

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 12:15pm

Got a minute? Check out One Minute Radio.

MusicMachinery.com reports it's an experimental, multi-genre online radio app (based on The Echo Nest data) which exclusively plays tracks clocking in at under sixty seconds.

"Now I can’t testify that you’ll always get a great sounding playlist – you’ll hear intros, false starts and novelty songs throughout, but it is certainly interesting," says MusicMachinery.

If nothing else, One Minute Radio is likely playing "more songs per hour" than the competition. The MusicMachinery blog piece is here, and One Minute Radio is here.

By the way, The Echo Nest CEO Jim Lucchese will moderate the "Streaming Music Trends" panel September 17 at RAIN Summit Orlando. More details are here.

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