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RAIN 5/13: UK web radio listening up 28% year-over-year

Posted on: 05/13/2011

UK B’CASTERS SEEPOTENTIAL FOR MASSIVE GROWTHONLINE

Radio listening reached the “highest level ever recorded” in the UK during Q1 2011, according to RAJAR. It was “driven in part by the growing use of the Internet to listen to the radio,” as the Daily Mail reports.

The number of hours spent listening to Internet radio in the UK is up 28.3% year-over-year, says RAJAR, reaching 38 million hours. Internet radio’s share of total radio listening has increased from 2.9% to 3.6%.

“Broadcasters are now spending more money trying to attract Internet users to go to their websites and listen,” the Daily Mail writes. “Radio chiefs believe there is potential for massive growth for radio listening amongst those online because it can be done at the same time as using the web for other things.”

Additionally, RAJAR found that listening to radio on mobile phones has increased 10.2% since last year. Among adults age 15 and up, 13.8% said they had listened to radio on their mobile phone during Q1 2011. More specifically, 14.5% of 15- to 24-year-olds say they listen via mobile phones weekly.

The Daily Mail points to the UK’s new consolidated web radio platform, Radioplayer, “which it is hoped will boost online radio listening even more” (RAIN coverage here and here). You can find more coverage here.

RADIO INK ROUNDS-UP “HOTTEST” WI-FI RADIOS

Kerry Brewer recommends “some of the hottest Wi-Fi radio devices on the market” in Radio Ink today, including the Logitech Squeezebox Radio, Sonos ZonePlayer S5 and Grace Bravado-X Wi-Fi Radio. Find their article here.

NIELSEN: INTERNET RADIO STREAMED 4.7 BILLION SONGS SO FAR THIS YEAR

Digital Music News features an interesting chart from Nielsen (a section of which is shown at left) that says that 4.7 billion songs were “programmed” online from January 3 to May 1, 2011.

Nielsen says 750 million songs were streamed on-demand and AM/FM radio had 51 million spins. Keep in mind that broadcast stations’ songs are heard by the entire AQH, while many customizable Internet radio services play one song to one listener. Find the chart and coverage here.

DMN reports that the data includes figures from “Yahoo, AOL, Napster, Rhapsody, Slacker, MediaNet, Guvera, Thumbplay, Vevo, Akoo, and others,” apparently missing big webcasters like Pandora, iHeartRadio and AM/FM simulcasts.

NEW ONKYO RECEIVER STREAMS INTERNET RADIO FROM PANDORA, SLACKER AND OTHERS

The new Onkyo TX-NR809 is a 7.2-channel stereo with USB inputs (for local music) and a wireless connection to stream Internet radio from Pandora, Last.fm, Slacker, Spotify and Sirius XM. You can find more coverage at Ubergizmo here.



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