Pandora is 8th most-used smartphone app (comScore)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 7:10am

As noted in Audio4cast, Pandora landed in 8th place in comScore’s measurement of top smartphone app usage for August. This metrics category is different from smartphone audience via the phone’s browser. Some top-15 media properties (like Gmail) might have their app ranking cannibalized by browser use, and others (like Twitter) by a multiplicity of popular apps that are lower on the list.

But Pandora’s ranking is fairly pure, as the service doesn't work in a mobile browser, and there are no alternatives to the official Pandora app. On comScore's browser-plus-app usage list, which is invaded by web-based behemoths like Yahoo!, Amazon, and AOL, Pandora holds its own in 9th place.

P’s reach is measured at 43.3 percent of the app audience, which is a remarkable testimony not only to Pandora’s footprint, but to Internet radio generally, if you consider Pandora as a proxy for the medium and the consumer model it represents. If you took away ecosystem-branded apps that enjoy a built-in smartphone advantage (Google Search, for example), Pandora would rise to third, after Facebook (75.7%) and YouTube (52.8%).

Social, video, and music are the chief app-based pureplays -- with each wedging into the others’ territories to some extent.

NYT blogger discovers the joy of radio, via apps

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 12:45pm

Blogger Jenna Wortham, writing for The New York Times' Digital Diary, has apparently discovered radio.

After years with an iPod and streaming music, she's (re)disovering how radio can be "fun and communal in a way that streaming music hasn't been in years." Naturally, to feed her new hunger for radio, she downloading apps!

"The appeal of the radio isn’t the music selection," Wortham wrote. Rather, "it’s the human element that draws me in, knowing that someone is selecting songs for you."

It's a strength broadcasters often tout -- the sense of community local radio can create. The core of digital services' strength, the very "solution to the problem," is to make music and radio personal. You needn't suffer lowest-common-denominator programming, because digital technology can make something intended solely for you and enjoyed solely by you. (Certainly services have social elements and "crowd wisdom" features, but these are ultimately intended to enhance the signular listening experience.)

Could digital music services' customization of programming really amount to isolation, and thus be not a feature but a flaw? Do digital services need to address "the communal experience of listening to music together" (as Wortham describes it)?

Read more in The New York Times' Bits here.

Pandora cap on free mobile usage drives it to top of App Store revenue list

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12:45pm

Following its 40-hour/month cap on ad-supported mobile listening, Pandora has become the top-grossing "non-game" app publisher in Apple's App Store, according to app tracking firm App Annie.

"Pandora’s (app) revenue has been climbing steadily since it implemented fees for users who want to listen beyond forty hours a month on their mobile devices," reads the App Annie blog here. "It has now become the new top-grossing publisher based on revenue excluding games in the iOS App Store as of April. Its accomplishment is even more impressive given that it was based on just a single app."

Following the cap on free mobile listening (which came in February), Pandora added more than 700-thousand new subscribers to its ad-free Pandora One service in its first quarter (which ended April 30), up 114% to more than two-and-a-half million (and more net new subscribers in the quarter than in all of fiscal 2013, which means Pandora has the largest U.S. streaming subscription audience of any music service). Read more in RAIN here.

Radio streaming services provider Securenet launches new iOS app for clients

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 12:00pm

Securenet Systems has just released its latest mobile app for the iPhone/iPad for its client stations.

Clients can customize most of their mobile app features via the radio station manager’s Control Panel, like logo updates, editing station info, and player skin changes on their app. The station manager Control Panel can be used to manage both iPhone and Android versions of the app simultaneously.

Securenet Systems is a Florida based streaming services provider for radio, serving over 2,000 radio stations in more than 40 countries. Its services include streaming, audio/video ad-insertion, display banner serving, royalty accounting, listener metrics, and mobile listener apps.

Securenet's press release is here.

Streaming aggegators TuneIn, iHeartRadio have new apps ready at today's Windows 8 launch

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 1:40pm

Both of Internet radio's leading stream aggregation services, TuneIn and iHeartRadio, have created specially-designed apps for Microsoft's brand new Windows 8 operating system.

Kristin George, Director of Product, TuneIn noted, "Not only did Windows 8 give us the canvas to create a beautiful interface that works with keyboard, mouse, and touch, but it also helped us showcase how TuneIn can easily deliver listeners’ favorite stations by providing the ability to pin them directly to their Start screen."

"iHeartRadio worked closely with Microsoft during the Windows 8 preview phase to develop the app to be available across a broad range of Windows 8 devices," read the iHeartRadio newsletter.

Both apps are available in the Windows 8 app store. Read more about Windows 8 here.

Two more on-demand music services include Internet radio in their gameplans

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 1:05pm

Online music store and "white label" vendor 7Digital has announced plans to expand its service to an online radio service, plus more on-demand streaming, and "scan-and-match" capability for its existing cloud storage.

The company, having raised $10 million, also plans to offer its 22 million track library to more markets in North America and Europe. Paid Content has more here. The company also announced it will be the "official music download provider" for the BlackBerry 10 line of smartphones coming out next year. More here.

Meanwhile, music streaming service is launching new mobile apps, widening its footprint to 27 countries, and will have apps preloaded on Lenovo Windows 8 tablets, Android tablets, and some PCs. is available in the U.S., the UK, most of Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, and more.

Rara offers "ready-made playlists and stations, put together by music experts," and offline listening. It costs 1.99 pounds, euros or dollars per month for three months of ad-free mobile access to 18 million tracks. After three months, it's £/€/$9.99 per month. Web-only access is £/€/$0.99 per month for the first three months, then £/€/$4.99 per month.

Add these services to the list of other on-demand streamers that include online radio among their offerings: Spotify, Rdio, Mog, the new Xbox Music, and more. 

TechCrunch has more on here.

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