Friday, September 20th, 2013
New Edison Research Study Reveals an At-Work Listening Environment Transformed Broadcast Radio Spotloads Present a Challenge in the Newly Competitive Environment; Radio Must Emphasize Strengths of Companionship, Information .
When America’s workforce listens to audio on-the-job, they are listening to broadcast radio more than any other option. But less than half of them listen to any broadcast radio while working (vs. a third who say they consume Internet radio). And listening to any sort of radio at work has fallen in the last sixteen years. For many of those choosing not to listen to broadcast radio, the amount of commercials is a major issue. But information and companionship represent a strength that broadcasters may not be emphasizing.
Those are among the findings of “What’s Working At Work,” Edison Research’s study of 1,043 adults 18+ who are employed either full- or part-time. The study, sponsored by Radionomy, was unveiled today at the NAB/RAB Radio Show in Orlando. “What’s Working At Work” chronicles listening habits, device ownership, and the demographic makeup of the workforce.
“Since Edison conducted the first major study of at-work listening 16 years ago, the workplace has been completely transformed in every conceivable way,” says Edison Research president Larry Rosin. “When we did our previous study of at-work radio listening in 1997, we didn’t even ask about listening to radio online. Now, AM/FM Radio is in a much more competitive at-work media environment. Some of the new options that consumers have for audio have completely changed the notion of what constitutes an acceptable number of commercials. I hope this study leads to more urgent consideration of how broadcasters can keep revenues up while simultaneously reducing commercial time in each hour.”
In 1997 only 16% of workers used the Internet as part of their jobs. Today that percentage is 73% — many of whom are likely using the Internet for audio — whether it be to broadcast station streams or pureplays. However, in 1997, 65% of all workers said that they listened to the radio at work. Now, only 49% of those employed listen to AM/FM Radio.
Of those who do not listen to broadcast radio at work, nearly a quarter say it is because “there are too many commercials on AM/FM radio.” Of those who listen to Internet-only radio while working, 66% say that Internet radio plays fewer commercials than AM/FM radio, and 46% say Internet radio plays “a lot less” commercials.
The survey also addresses the long-debated issue of Internet radio’s utility. There is evidence that online radio has indeed expanded the time spent with audio, as 22% of all Internet radio users say that their listening is ‘new listening’. By comparison, 28% say that it is replacing time spent with their own music collection, and the other 50% of those who listen to any Internetonly radio while working say that it is mostly replacing the time they spend with AM/FM radio.
In other major findings:
The largest number of those listening to broadcast radio at work do so on a traditional over-theair radio (53%), but 41% listen via computer and 35% via smartphone.
Fully 72% of those who say they listen to Internet-only radio at work do so on a laptop, but 52% listen on smartphones. As those who observe younger workers might surmise, 54% of Internetonly radio listening at work is done over speakers, but 46% is done through headphones or earbuds. Even among those listening to AM/FM radio at work, 26% of listening is done through headphones or earbuds; likely in most cases from streams.
While detailing broadcast radio’s challenges, the study also identifies key advantages that AM/FM radio hold in the competition at-work. Respondents depend on AM/FM radio to keep them informed if news breaks and many appreciate the connection to personalities and DJs.
Rosin encouraged attendees to emphasize those strengths, and to continue to aggressively pursue at-work listening.
The full presentation is available at http://www.edisonresearch.com/home/archives/2013/09/whats-working-at-work-newresearch- on-workplace-radio-listening.php
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Fred Jacobs, President of Jacobs Media says the radio business continues to grapple with the challenges ahead. And as time marches on, the bedfellows are getting stranger as new alliances form.
Yesterday’s announcement about the Cumulus/Rdio deal is another case in point. Somehow, the once-evil Internet is now becoming part of the broadcast weaponry. This is yet another step that brings broadcasters and webcasters closer.
And so it is somewhat coincidental and ironic that RAIN’s conference at The Radio Show in Orlando gets underway today. It wasn’t that long ago that RAIN was this sort of “other thing” – outside of the media mainstream. Thinking about some of the earlier RAIN shows where we’ve attended and/or presented, there was a time when there weren’t a lot of radio people in the room.
In fact, I’ve had more than a few broadcasters ask me over the years, “What kind of people go to RAIN?” This has always been a suggestion that somehow streaming and Internet radio are outside of the mainstream of broadcasting.
But the iHeart emphasis and trajectory, coupled with this new deal with Cumulus and Rdio suggest that, in fact, broadcasters are beginning to quickly make the necessary connections – philosophically and with their content. In fact, Lew Dickey talked about the Rdio deal and noted, “This is our digital play.”
Could you imagine a quote like that about a strategic partnership between a pure-play and a broadcaster just a couple of short years ago? The next thing you’ll know, we’ll be sending Tim Westergren a gift basket this Christmas. Now this isn’t the first marriage between a radio company and a pure-play, but at this point on the curve, it’s a significant one.
As we learned in Techsurvey9 earlier in the year, the percentage of core radio fans that are consuming their favorite station’s content via a stream is substantial. And as smartphones proliferate and are connected in cars, this relationship will become even stronger. Streaming is becoming mainstream media.
The Cumulus/Rdio pact is a reminder of three key tectonic shifts facing radio’s future:
- The quality of your stream matters – very much.
- Your ability to make your brand ubiquitous has never been greater thanks to your stream.
- And the car continues to represent the epicenter where content, technology, and mobility come together in a way that is revolutionary and challenging, providing new opportunities for radio broadcasters.
So enjoy RAIN today for those of you made the commitment to attend. The fact that David Field is keynoting is yet another reminder of this year’s “Blurred Lines” between broadcasting and webcasting.
While you’re in Orlando, on Thursday, Arbitron, Roger Lanctot, and I welcome you to “Radio & The Connected Car” at The Radio Show. You’ll see first-hand how that streaming plays a starring role in today’s cars, and the tricked-out dashboards of the future.
And make it a point to commit to attend DASH next month here in Detroit, the most unique conference of its kind for radio, featuring everyone from Ford to Panasonic to iHeartRadio to Pandora. It’s your opportunity to take that deep dive into automotive infotainment and exchange ideas with people you just don’t meet at radio conferences.
As Kurt Hanson will no doubt remind the RAIN crowd today, “Things are moving faster than we think.”
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
One quarter of all at-work AM/FM Radio listeners listen using headphones or earbuds
In 1997, Edison Research’s groundbreaking “Radio Goes to Work: The At-Work Listening Study” shattered many of the myths about at-work listening that had been prevalent for decades. “At-Work” listening, the study found, didn’t always mean 9-to-5 or “in-office,” and it wasn’t only for women. It also didn’t mean “forced listening” to “the station the whole office can agree on”; the overwhelming majority chose their own at-work radio station.
Sixteen years later, media usage at work is far more complicated than “who chooses the radio station?” On Sept. 20, 2013 at 10:50 a.m., Edison Research will debut “What’s Working At Work?” as part of the NAB/RAB Radio Show in Orlando, Fla. The presentation is sponsored by online radio platform Radionomy. The study is the result of a national survey of 1,043 Adults age 18 and over who work full or part time.
Edison Research president Larry Rosin says the new study “will be a comprehensive study of media usage at work in 2013, from AM/FM radio, whether over-the-air, on a desktop or a mobile device, to Pandora, Spotify, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, respondents’ own music collections, online video and even television Where does radio fit in and how can it ‘protect its turf’? What are the strategies that anyone trying to build at-work listening must follow now?
“When we fielded our study in 1997, only 16% of workers ever accessed the Internet while on the job. Today the percentage is 73%. This has brought enormous shifts in at-work audio usages, which our presentation at The Radio Show will display,” Rosin said. “One small finding of potentially great significance – 26% of those who say they listen to AM/FM Radio while at work listen using headphones or earbuds. Among younger workers this number is much higher.”
Radionomy CEO Alexandre Saboundjian says, “This is valuable information for current and prospective Radionomy broadcasters—and for all broadcasters. It helps each of these groups understand how many people they can reach through online radio on a daily basis. In addition, this study provides an important message which we can take to advertisers who are interested in partnering with Radionomy. This study shows that people depend on content from online radio platforms every day.”
Friday, August 30th, 2013
DeDe McGuire’s career will be a blueprint for aspiring female radio broadcasters to come. Not only is she the “voice of the independent woman” on the Doug Banks syndicated afternoon show (“The Ride With Doug & DeDe”) but she is also one of the few female urban radio broadcasters to host a morning show (“DeDe in the Morning“) in a major market (Dallas #5). This is beyond a “career come true” for a female radio broadcaster in a male-dominated industry and DeDe is living proof that it’s possible.
McGuire got her start as a receptionist at a country station but was recognized by station management for her vibrant voice and personality and was asked to work on air. From there she went on to program KIIZ-FM (Z92.3), held down gigs at KTFM-FM (94.1) in San Antonio, KKDA-FM (K104) in Dallas, WPNT in Chicago and WIQQ-FM (Q102) in Philadelphia before teaming up with Doug Banks. McGuire’s previous stellar performances and hard work have played a major part in her success.
“I just work hard like everyone else, constantly trying to take it to the next level like the greats,” said the Seattle native. “I have always looked up to Doug (Banks), Russ (Parr) and Tom (Joyner) and I love and totally admire Rickey Smiley and Steve Harvey.”
With the exception of Russ and Doug, the latter are DeDe’s competition in Dallas. Though she carries the utmost respect for her well-known syndicated male rivals, the K104 morning host is unfazed. Her experience and spirited personality are what help her lead a successful morning show. Additionally, the show’s popularity is fueled by co-hosts Michael Shawn and Lady Jade as well as the show’s features, The Mad Minute, Real Talk, Hot Topics and Is It Just Me. “DeDe in the Morning” also offers a more distinctive and neighboring angle.
“My show is unique because it offers much more of the female perspective with female hosts in the driver and passenger seats. This situation ultimately caters to the majority female target audience,” DeDe said. “My show is also more localized. I am able to spend far more time in the community and discuss issues that effect this market in more detail.”
The once aspiring journalist attributes her successful steering of the morning show to her experience in syndication with Doug Banks.
“Working in syndication with Doug has been the best training for the position that I am in now in this ‘PPM World.‘ I am able to work under the tighter time constraints more easily while also presenting a great show.”
Her focus on modeling a mentor has also been a driving force.
“I always said I wanted to be like the “fly jock” Tom Joyner. I said that one day I would do radio in Chicago and Dallas simultaneously just like him and here I am, living my dream.”
While living her dream, DeDe continues to strive for more and works twice as hard to create more opportunities for herself. While juggling two high profile gigs, DeDe moonlights as a contributor to television shows on networks such as CNN, NBC and Fox. She also continues to make appearances on weekends. So, what’s the biggest sacrifice for such success?
“Sleep. Not enough sleep!” she laughed. “But its worth it.”
Friday, August 9th, 2013
- Mainstream -
Drake- Hold On, We’re Going Home
Jay-Z- Holy Grail
Big Sean- Beware
J. Cole- Power Trip
- Urban AC-
Ciara- Body Party
Chris Brown- Fine China
Miguel- How Many Drinks
Robin Thicke- Blurred Lines
Fantasia- Without Me
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
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Monday, August 5th, 2013
Frank Ski is back! Well, scratch that. Anyone who knows the media legend understands that whether on or off the air, his grind continues. Ski has had a plethora of well established projects such as his Kids Foundation and Restaurant and Lounge to keep him busy since his departure seven months ago from Atlanta’s V-103.
But, for those who have anxiously awaited his return to radio, catch a breath and check this out. The popular and outspoken media personality who ruled the airwaves for 14 years at VEE with an audience of 1.2 million listeners is preparing to launch a brand new syndicated afternoon show.
“The Frank Ski Show will bring a well-balanced and intellectual perspective to urban radio that will be more reminiscent of the ‘community as a whole’ not segmented,” said Ski.
Listeners won’t have to flip between their favorite Urban Adult and Urban Contemporary radio stations to get the latest on the topics that matter most to them. The Frank Ski Show will be all encompassing and appeal to any demographic with a broad spectrum of guests ranging from 2Chainz to the Reverend Al Sharpton. The show will feature buzz-worthy pop culture and political topics ranging from election coverage to the latest antics of the cast of Love and Hip Hop. Most importantly, Ski plans to address the local events and issues happening in the markets that carry his show.
“I plan to visit those markets as frequently as possible. I want the listeners to know that I am there for them. After all, they will be the most important part of the show.”
Potential “Frank Ski Show” audiences will be encouraged to know that the Harlem native has a proven track record of community activism. Ski has served as host and spokesperson for many charitable and educational initiatives including the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. He spearheaded an initiative to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for displaced families after Hurricane Katrina. Ski also raised nearly a half million dollars for Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry and Homeless and Metro Atlanta Respite & Development Services, a non-profit agency that assists children with special needs. His “Frank Ski’s Kids Foundation” provides financial assistance to low income youth and youth targeted agencies.
Along with his commitment to the community, Ski will offer exciting promotional contests and giveaways that will not be limited only to those designed for his show. With more freedom in syndication, Ski said that listeners should not be surprised if he’s giving away free passes aboard the Tom Joyner Morning Show Cruise or tickets to Steve Harvey’s Hoodie Awards.
In the midst of preparing for his new venture into syndication, the shrewd businessman has just inked a deal for new reality show centered on his restaurant and put the final touches on his first book. For many media personalities who are no longer in the spotlight, many would question “what’s next.” But to a powerhouse who never stops creating like Frank Ski, many can only ask “what now.”
An official announcement about “The Frank Ski Show” and more are coming soon. For the latest on Frank Ski, visit his website at www.frankski.com or follow him on Twitter or like him on Facebook.
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Earlier this year I bumped into Wayne Campbell and Kurt Hahn from Filmhouse at a convention. If you’ve never heard of Filmhouse, chances are you’re somewhat new to radio. That’s because it wasn’t that long ago that it was standard operation procedure for many stations to head into the spring and fall books armed with a TV campaign. And oftentimes, it was the team at Filmhouse that produced it. These days, the Nashville based company is producing videos for seven-figure homes, innovating in the real estate space.
Today, very few stations are engaged in outside marketing. Here in Detroit, Greater Media is promoting its two new morning shows at WRIF with outdoor campaigns. In a sea of billboards for lawyers and casinos, these radio campaigns stand out in a good way. And on a recent visit to Chicago, it was Hubbard’s WTMX (Eric & Kathy specifically) and WDRV that were all over the Edens, the Kennedy, and the Dan Ryan.
Today, researcher, marketer, and trend-watcher, Larry Rosin – founder of Edison Research – takes a look back and a look ahead at radio and marketing – and the opportunities ahead of us.
Pretty much every day this blog offers creative solutions and new insights to help today’s radio industry adapt and respond to the challenges that exist in these days of radio “austerity.” But one of the reasons we need Fred’s good ideas is he is trying, through the force of his creativity, to counteract one of the most deleterious decisions made by most radio companies – that is the elimination of most or all “external marketing” expenditures.
I often tell people that the total amount spent on external marketing by radio stations these days can’t be 10% of what it was 15 years ago, and no one ever challenges me. So let’s assume that’s right. Can’t at least some of the reason that we are endlessly forced to remind people that radio is not a “dying medium” be due to the elimination of marketing our stations? The fact is that we are not “in the faces” of consumers on their televisions, on billboards, in their mailboxes. I believe that, in fact, the elimination or severe decrease of marketing may well be the single biggest challenge for the industry.
I recently ran across some data that my company produced that does an interesting job of illustrating just this point. I happened to have two surveys performed in a top ten market against the same target (all adults 20-54; English-language only) and using the same telephone sampling techniques exactly ten years apart (note: the 2013 survey has cell-phone sample – which wasn’t needed yet in 2003).
Look at this table:
These are significant: the number of stations that consumers are holding in their heads has dropped dramatically. In particular, when asked to list all the brands one can think of – people on average can list about 15% fewer brands. It’s not as if there are fewer brands out there – it’s just harder to remember them when no one is being reminded.
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Prosecutors in the 2nd degree murder trial of George Zimmerman on Monday continued to present evidence for the second week with the State of Florida calling witnesses Hirotaka Nakasone an FBI medical examiner, Sanford Police officer Doris Singleton, and lead Sanford Police investigator Chris Serino to the witness stand testifying for the state. But it was the voice of the accused, George Zimmerman that actually took center stage for much of Monday.
Although George Zimmerman does not have to testify and the defense does not have to present any evidence, the evidence presented by the State of Florida to the jury of five women and one man Monday may end up being the turning point in this trial to the benefit of the Zimmerman defense.
Prosecutors for the State of Florida introduced into evidence four statements Zimmerman gave to police including a video-recorded walk-through of the Retreat at Town Lakes in Sanford Florida where Zimmerman then lived, on February 27, 2102 the day after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
In the evidence presented by the State of Florida in its case in chief with Sanford Police Officer Singleton’s testimony, jurors heard Zimmerman’s first police interview. Jurors heard him on that interview say that there had been recent crimes in that neighborhood and as a result heard Zimmerman repeatedly say that he found Martin suspicious because Martin was standing in the yard of a neighbor “and it was raining” and that Martin was walking “leisurely” despite the rain on that dark night of Feb. 26, 2012. The jury also heard Zimmerman say that the area where Martin was standing had been previously burglarized and therefore Zimmerman’s suspicion of Martin was heightened.
On direct examination by Prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda with Sanford Police investigator Chris Serino on the stand as another witness for the State, jurors heard Zimmerman say “Who yelled for help? I did” when asked by Officer Serino on the tape recording.
Then the jury heard Zimmerman on tape say the following exchange happened: Martin asked “you got a problem, homey?” And Zimmerman said he replied “no, I don’t have a problem” and Martin said “you do now.” Zimmerman then said that Martin attacked him.
Jurors also heard Zimmerman say on tape that before he shot Martin, while they were fighting, Martin said “you are going to die tonight, m—– f—–” before he shot Martin. Zimmerman said on the tape that after he shot Martin that Martin said “You got me” and said then Martin lifted his hands and then fell.
But the evidence also varied as to what Zimmerman was heard to say on the evidence played in court. Although on a prior occasion Zimmerman told police he was not following Martin, Monday the jury heard on the evidence presented that Zimmerman got out of his vehicle because he was trying to find a street sign to pass along better location information to the non-emergency operator.
And the jury heard Zimmerman say during an interview conducted by Officer Chris Serino something different again in that Zimmerman “wasn’t following, I was going in the same direction.”
But in an interview three days later, Zimmerman said something different and was challenged: “I wasn’t following. I was just going in the same direction.” “That’s following, man,” said Serino of the Sanford Police Department.
Serino will return to the witness stand when the trial resumes at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Because of the evidence admitted Monday in the continuation of the State of Florida’s case in chief, the defense may not have to put Zimmerman himself on the stand. Most of the evidence heard from those video tapes seemed to allow for Zimmerman to explain to the jury, without him taking the stand and being subject to cross-examination, just what happened that n dark rainy night on February 26, 2012 in Sanford Florida. The evidence played before the jury arguably hurt the State of Florida’s case and quite possibly allowed for the jury to be sympathetic with the defendant despite the death of Martin. For instance the jury heard State’s witness Officer Doris Singleton say that Zimmerman seemed surprised when she told him Martin was dead during an interview at the Sanford police station.
“He’s dead?” Singleton testified she remembered Zimmerman saying before he lowered his head.
“I said, ‘I thought you knew that. I thought you knew he was dead,” Singleton testified. “And he just kind of slung his head, just shook it.” When asked on cross examination by Zimmerman defense counsel Mark O’Mara as to whether or not Zimmerman showed any anger or ill will in talking about Martin, the officer said, “No.”
So far throughout this trial, one could argue that the defense has continued to use the State of Florida’s witnesses to the advantage of the defense. After Monday, the State now may have to begin to think about what it takes to be “masters of characterization” when beginning to put together an effective closing argument for the jury. In other words, one may argue that the State may want to ask the jury if the actions of George Zimmerman once he exited the car were the actions of a “reasonably prudent and responsible law-abiding citizen concealed weapons holder?”
Monday, June 17th, 2013
These are the times that truly test some of the core tenets of the media business, and radio is at the epicenter of the debate.
Specifically, the issue of control.
Who controls the music you hear? Who selects it? Who filters it? And how can the music experience get better at a time when it’s great to be a consumer?
All arrows point to the customer being in the driver’s seat – literally – if you attend automotive/telematics conferences – and by all reports, she’s enjoying the ride.
From Pandora to Spotify to iTunes Radio, it’s about creating playlists or songs that are selected by theme (artist, song characteristic, mood) to create a unique music experience. (Remember when “playlist” was a negative word we would never use to refer to our music libraries?)
But at the core of it all is consumer control.
As we have discussed in this blog in recent weeks, radio may own the transmitters and towers, but anyone can now create their own radio station – on their phone, their tablet, or laptop. And they can do so from an infinite reservoir of songs, genres, albums, and performances.
So what does radio bring to the table? And who is really in control?
That’s why the new announcement about controlling music adds by Cumulus sets up an interesting contrast to the direction in which the rest of the music consumption train is moving. Last week, a number of industry trades reported that “adds” for Top 40, Rhythmic, and Hot AC stations owned by Cumulus would now have to be approved by Atlanta, another indication of corporate consolidated control.
To the consumer it may not matter who says thumbs up or thumbs down on music decisions. But another impact of these moves is that it contributes to making radio sound and feel less local, more formulaic, and less reflective of the communities and towns it serves. When radio starts sounding top down, it cedes one of its key attributes. It may be easier to control hundreds or even thousands of stations from a central headquarters, but what is lost in the process?
Whether it’s rampant syndication of personalities, entire formats voicetracked nationally, or music adds coming down from corporate headquarters, the radio industry is making a statement about control. It is suggesting that some companies place a higher priority on consistency and efficiency than on service and reflecting the local ethos.
And at times, it’s reminds me of the opening of Outer Limits, the ultimate statement about who’s got the power and who is on the receiving end:
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It somehow seems counter intuitive to the growing trend that as consumers gain more control over the music they listen to and love, radio continues to move in the opposite direction, attempting to control the entire music experience. By removing the things about local radio that make it different and connected to local communities, a unique attribute of radio is lost, brand loyalty erodes, and consumers will simply stop caring.
I don’t know about you, but in the past decade, I’ve seen fewer station bumperstickers and logoware wherever I go. People are less willing to display their favorite stations on their cars or their bodies. I realize this is anecdotal and non-quantitative, but it matters. Radio stations used to be reflections of who we are and what we liked. Homogenizing them only serves to neutralize and corrode brand equity and fan interest.
We have discussed the issue that the proliferation of all these streaming music services may only end up confusing consumers by creating a decision stress situation. iTunes Radio shouldn’t scare us. Losing our sense of purpose as radio stations should.
How does the consumer know which pure play service is right when there are so many? And doesn’t a true alternative to all these pure plays – broadcast radio – stand a strong chance of thriving in this environment?
Earlier in the year, I interviewed Walter Naeslund, the head of Swedish ad agency Honesty. We talked about radio’s place in the new digital ecosphere, and he put it this way:
“The era where limited frequency space provided barriers of entry is coming to an end. Make the most of the time you have left to build really strong brands and addictive content and you’ll have a better chance of bringing your listeners with you into the open infrastructure era where content and brand will be your only assets.”
Control – who has it and who’s losing it?
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
Since 2007, the American College of Sports Medicine has used data such as a city’s obesity rate, access to outdoor recreation areas, smoking rate, and many other indicators of health in order to rank the nation’s 50 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas by level of fitness. The top 25 are as follows:
1. Minneapolis-St. Paul
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Portland, Ore.
4. San Francisco
9. Hartford, Conn.
10. San Jose
12. Salt Lake City
14. San Diego
15. Raleigh, N.C.
18. Virginia Beach
20. Richmond, Va.
24. New York City
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Twitter says it is adding an extra security measure for your user account so it can prevent unauthorized logins.
Twitter said in a blog post Wednesday that users will be able to enroll in a login verification program. For those who sign up, Twitter will send a six-digit code using a text message each time they sign in to Twitter.com. Besides their username and password, users will have to enter the code to log in as well.
Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. already allow two-step verification as an option. Twitter has been criticized for not having this option, especially following recent breaches of Twitter accounts belonging to major news organizations and other companies.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Pew Research says teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information. Despite taking these privacy-protective actions, teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-parties (such as businesses or advertisers) accessing their data; just 9% say they are “very” concerned.
Friday, May 17th, 2013
Apple topped 50 billion downloads in its App Store earlier today reports USA Today. Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio, downloaded the 50 billionth app, Say the Same Thing by Space Inch LLC. Apple awarded him a $10,000 App Store Gift Card.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said in a press release that the company is “absolutely floored” to pass this milestone.
“The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers,” Cue said.
Customers download over 800 apps per second from the App Store at a rate of two billion apps per month.
The App Store opened in July 2008 with 500 apps, and now offers over 850,000 apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.