92% Do What!

There's a Coleman Research study being touted to the radio industry currently that "on average, radio holds onto more that 92% of its lead-in audience during commercial breaks." Arbitron took out a full page ad in my favorite radio publication, Inside Radio and other trades "on behalf of the radio industry." Jon Coleman is an excellent researcher who has been studying radio for a long time. I mention this because if radio executives really believe this stat, they are indeed misguided and incapable of making sound decisions about the tough competition that has already stopped this growth industry dead in its tracks. Anyone alive and&hellip

The Apple Phone No One Wants

Rumors continue that Apple is secretly at work on a new mobile phone that will enable users to download music on the fly. This would involve Apple partnering with a mobile operator -- unlikely, since Apple would not retain the control it likes over their products and marketing. Apple could buy phone time and become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), but this option involves a lot of initial expense and management. The more important question is: do consumers want an Apple iPhone? Do they want a device that is both an iPod (a real one not a ROKR) and a mobile phone? My sense is that curiosity is spilt 50/50. Some like the&hellip

Clear Channel: Mission Accomplished

One can't help but think of George Bush's premature "Mission Accomplished" photo op before the Iraq war was over when one thinks of Clear Channel. Clear Channel yesterday announced intentions to evaluate "strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value" just before it retained Goldman Sachs as a financial advisor. Translated for the common folk: Clear Channel may be considering a private buyout that would put the Mays family back in total control. In fact Clear Channel never accomplished its mission. It can't seem to get the stock price above $30 a share even with the industry's largest platform of radio stations. A lot of&hellip

YouTube Could Encourage Litigators To Cut Out the Middleman (Them!)

Don't worry about parent company Google getting sued. There is some speculation that under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act YouTube may be able to have the litigator bypass them and let the user collect a lawsuit. How can this be? The law doesn't protect users who access copyrighted content. Google may find it expedient to turn over info on who is illegally posting video clips as self-protection. According to Online Media Daily precedent exists. Journalist Robert Tur who is suing for copyright infringement was encouraged by YouTube's attorney to pursue litigation against the person who posted video clips of his coverage of the&hellip

New Tool Makes Everything iPod Compatible

That is until founder Jon Lech Johansen is sued into oblivion by Apple. Johansen's new tool will make it possible for labels and other digital music copyright owners to sell iPod compatible music and consumers will not have to use Apple's iTunes store. It's like Apple's FairPlay DRM and it fools your iPod into playing the song. The repercussions are great for the record industry if Johansen's Doubletwist company survives the almost certain litigation. Labels can implement the variable pricing scheme that Apple CEO Stephen Jobs is stubbornly preventing. Of course labels should be careful what they wish for because Jobs may be saving&hellip