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RAIN 5/23: Majority of study respondents like the idea of in-car Net radio

Posted on: 05/23/2011

IN FACT, NEARLY HALF WILLING TO SPEND MONEY TO GET NET RADIO IN THEIR CAR

A new MarketSource survey found that well over half of respondents are interested in tuning in to Internet radio in their cars.

Specifically, the survey found that 57% of respondents said they would be very or somewhat interested in listening to Internet radio and music services through their car stereo system. Moreover, 47% of respondents said they would be interested in replacing their car stereo with an Internet radio-friendly model.

Additionally, 51% said they were interested in purchasing a car stereo that connected to their iPod or iPhone. Twice.com has more coverage here.

ANDROID DOMINATES GLOBAL SMARTPHONE MARKET, BUT APPLE COLLECTS MORE APP REVENUE

A new report shows that Android holds 53% of the global smartphone market, as of April 2011, with Apple trailing at 28%. But Apple controls 50% of app revenue — up 6% month-over-month. Android holds 39%.

The report also found that music/entertainment apps are among the most popular for smartphone users. Boy Genius Report has more coverage here.

MARTIN: ‘GROUPON NOWREDEFINESLOCAL,” CHALLENGES RADIO

Dave Martin writes that it “has the potential of changing the local direct game yet again.” Fred Jacobs calls it “a potential game-changer that could rock the local radio sales paradigm.” What is it? Groupon Now, the new location-aware mobile intiative from coupon-giant Groupon.

“The practical notion of ‘Local’ is being redefined,” writes Martin. “New players want in.” What’s radio to do? Martin has plenty of ideas, starting with “Game it up.” Find Martin’s in-depth analysis at his N=1 blog here. You can also read Jacobs’ blog post on the matter right here.

MIMICS IN-CAR SYSTEM, WELL, MIMICS YOUR iPHONE

The Mimics system from MP3Car transmits your connected iPhone’s display to an in-dash touchscreen monitor, “letting you listen to music, use GPS, take calls, and check email without having to deal directly with the phone” as Engadget reports.

The system is reportedly available for pre-order for $630 or $205 if you want to try assembling it all yourself. Engadget has more coverage here.



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