The best word to describe the Internet radio and streaming advertising landscape in Q3 2015 is dynamic. As Q3 progressed almost all eyes were on Apple Music’s 11-15 million trial users and the “will they” or “won’t they” subscribe question. Advertisers seemed to be the one group not to care.
A pair of recent articles in the New York Times and Music Business Worldwide focus on the story of Perrin Lamb, a part-time singer-songwriter from Nashville. Mr. Perrin was an unknown, unsigned artist before landing on a popular playlist on Spotify.
Consumers are now conditioned to watch television and listen to audio on their own schedule. This has introduced the term known as "time shifting" and changed the way the industry thinks about ratings and audience.
Adotas reached out to XAPPmedia after the publication of the Apple Music Ad Load Report last month. The following article from Adotas is an interview with XAPPmedia CEO Pat Higbie and focuses on the findings from the report.
Every few months a naïve journalist gets misled by a false narrative pushed by someone in the recording industry. Last winter it was the New York Times. More recently, Business Insider fell into a similar trap with its headline: “The music industry has made more money in 2015 from a century old technology than ad-supported streaming.”
Yesterday’s post discussed how a raft of news articles, Google search trends, and some market research all pointed to widespread disaffection with Apple Music. The service may be facing an even bigger challenge in establishing favorable mindshare among consumers. So what do people think about Apple Music? Or are they even thinking about it?
Taylor Swift made big news last year with a top selling album and her high profile separation from Spotify. She made news again in 2015 with an open letter prior to the launch of Apple Music. The events were considered a public relations coup at the time even though it was a bad business deal for the company. The question today is whether Apple Music can turn around another public relations issue.
If you attended Advertising Week this year you couldn’t avoid sessions devoted to millennials, mobile and … audio. Yes, it’s true. Audio is back and hip enough to get attention at the advertising industry’s largest gathering.