RAIN 8/19: Radio's digital ad revenue up 18% in second quarter
DIGITAL HELPS KEEP OVERALL Q2 REVENUES POSITIVEThe Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) is reporting positive (up 1% to nearly $4.6 billion) overall revenue growth for Q2. And with spot revenue actually slightly down, it was the digital, off-air, and network categories that made the difference.
In fact, nearly 13% of total second-quarter revenue was from “non-spot” categories. Digital itself grew 18% over Q2 2010 (up 18%) to $185 million. Off-Air grew 5% to $392 million.
Digital’s $185 million basically puts it at two-thirds of Network revenue (which was also up), a proportion which will likely continue to quickly grow.
HP KILLS WEBOS DEVICESHP has announced it is ending operations on its webOS devices. Though HP says it will “continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software,” it’s the end of the line for HP and Palm phones and its webOS tablet, the HP TouchPad.
HP launched the HP TouchPad just two months ago, and hadn’t even yet released what was to be its flagship mobile device, the Pre 3.
The webOS mobile platform was developed by Palm, which HP acquired last year. The original Palm Pre and webOS were notable for allowing apps to multitask, something the iPhone couldn’t do for years (remember that?). That made it in an attractive platform for Internet radio, as users could listen to music while performing other tasks. Pandora, Slacker, AccuRadio and other webcasters offer apps for webOS devices. Engadget has more coverage here.
NEW GOOGLE MUSIC BLOG COMPLEMENTS CLOUD MUSIC SERVICEGoogle has launched a music discovery blog called Magnifier, which tightly integrates with the company’s cloud music service. The site offers free music daily which can be instantly added to users’ Google Music lockers. Find the new site here and Billboard‘s coverage here.
DIGITAL AI DJ TO HIT AIRWAVES IN SAN ANTONIOAn artificial intelligence program called Denise will serve as DJ on San Antonio’s KROV on August 24 from 1-4pm (Central).
Actually built to serve as a virtual assistant, Denise (pictured) was re-programmed as a radio DJ. She apparently can tell jokes, provide the weather forecast and look up information on the Internet.
MSNBC has more coverage here.
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