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UK's RAJAR, echoing Arbitron, explains differences of over-the-air and web radio measurement

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 11:00am

RAJARUK audience measurement body RAJAR has released a statement (here, PDF) in which it aims to explain the differences between how over-the-air and web radio audiences are measured.

"RAJAR measures real people," the document argues, while online measurement potentially has some flaws. "Online measurement can’t tell how many people are listening [meaning several people could be listening to one computer]... online measurement can’t tell how old a listener is [unless the listener shared that information]," and so on.

However, RAJAR does note that its over-the-air diary-based measurement system is flawed as well: it relies on listeners' memories and unlike the web's exact measurement, "RAJAR is a survey, and like all surveys it’s subject to sample error."

RAJAR argues "neither [measurement system] is ‘wrong’, and neither is less accurate than the other primarily because they are just different measures."

RAJAR's reports on UK radio listening include over-the-air and digital data.

Hat tip to industry expert James Cridland, who linked to RAJAR's statement from his blog here.

RAJAR's language is strikingly similar to a statement released in December 2011 by Arbitron (RAIN coverage here), which stressed the differences of AM/FM and web radio measurement. Arbitron even went so far as to argue against making "direct comparisons" between over-the-air and web radio measurements. 

UK's RAJAR: Web radio share, listening hours show yearly growth in Q4

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 11:00am

RAJARNew data from RAJAR -- the UK's radio audience measuring body -- shows that Internet radio's share and listening hours in Q4 2011 increased over the previous year.

Internet radio collected 35 million hours of listening during the quarter, RAJAR reports, and held a 3.4% share of radio listening. Both figures are up around 10% from Q4 2010.

That said, MediaWeek argues (here) that the figures "have yet to demonstrate that Radioplayer, the one-stop shop for online radio listening launched on 31 March last year, has had a real impact on the number of hours listened to internet radio." The publication points to the fact that Internet radio's 35 million hours of listening is actually down from the 40 million reported in Q3 2011.

You can find RAJAR's Q4 results here (PDF). James Cridland has more coverage and analysis of RAJAR's findings about digital radio at his blog here.

UK's Radioplayer launches desktop, Chrome apps

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 11:00am

RadioplayerThe UK's all-in-one web radio platform Radioplayer has launched apps for PC, Mac or Linux computers along with a widget for Google's Chrome web browser. 

The apps join Radioplayer's Facebook app (RAIN coverage here). "Radioplayer hopes they will lead to commercial tie-ups with computer manufacturers and retailers to 'pre-install' Radioplayer on to computers," writes MediaWeek (here).

You can find Radioplayer's apps here.

 

UK web radio manufacturer Pure to launch music subscription service

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 12:55pm

Pure's Sensia web radioPure, the UK-based maker of tabletop web radio devices, will launch a streaming music subscription service in December. Priced at £4.99 a month, it will give users access to 15 million songs.

The service will be available on any Internet-connected Pure radio (like the pictured Sensia model). Additionally, users will be able to tag songs they hear on Pure radios and stream them later using the subscription service. Pure will also offer mobile apps for iPhone and Android devices. 

To read more on the story, check out TechRadar's coverage here and Music Week's coverage here.

UK music service We7 drops on-demand in favor of customizable Internet radio

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 9:00am

We7's Internet radio websiteUK music service We7 has discontinued its free on-demand service, instead focusing on its customizable Internet radio offerings.

Last year the service debuted "Internet Radio Plus" in an effort to essentially become the Pandora of Europe (RAIN coverage here). Now registered users of that web radio service can "request" up to 50 songs or albums per month, essentially adding limited on-demand functionality to Pandora-like Internet radio.

"The majority of people want their music picked for them based on the genre or type of artist they like," said We7's CEO, explaining why they dropped their on-demand service. We7 is ad-supported, but users can pay to remove ads (plans range from £5-10 per month).

PC Advisor has more coverage here.

BBC EXPLAINS HOW THEY "REINVENTED" TWO RADIO WEBSITES

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 12:00pm

A new post from BBC's new Radio1 websitethe BBC's Internet Blog details how they "re-invented" the Radio 1 and 1Xtra homepages following three principles: "They need to be as live as radio, content should be immediately and easily accessible and they should cater to your personal tastes."

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