Thursday, April 10, 2008

Key findings from The Infinite Dial 2008: Radio's Digital Platforms

·         The weekly online radio audience increased in the past year to an estimated 33 million.  Thirteen percent of the U.S. population age 12 and older have listened to online radio in the past week; up from eleven percent (approximately 29 million) in 2007.  On a weekly basis, online radio reaches more than one in seven 25- to 54-year olds (15%).

·         AM/FM radio continues to have a big impact on people’s lives.  The study asked consumers to rate the impact different digital audio platforms has on their lives.  More than one in five (21 percent) consumers said radio has a big impact on their lives; ranking second only to mobile phones (33 percent) as the audio platform/device that has the biggest impact on people’s lives.

·         iPod/Portable MP3 player ownership continues dramatic growth. Nearly four in ten (37 percent) own an iPod or other brand of portable MP3 player; up from 30 percent in 2007 and more than two and a half times the number in 2005 (14 percent).  Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of those ages 12-17 own a digital audio player.

·         Audio podcasting usage continues to increase along side the proliferation of iPod/MP3 player ownership. Eighteen percent have ever listened to an audio podcast; up from 13 percent in 2007.  Nine percent have listened to an audio podcast in the past month (an estimated 23 million).

·         More than four in ten weekly online radio listeners have a profile on a social networking Web site. Those who regularly listen to online radio are much more likely to participate in social networks; 41 percent of weekly online radio listeners report having an online social networking profile (compared to 24 percent of the total 12+ population);  more than one-third (37%) visit social networking sites nearly once per day or more.

·         The Internet is gaining on radio as the medium to learn about new music. In 2008, radio is mentioned as the medium “you turn to first to learn about new music” by about half of consumers (49 percent), with Internet at 25 percent.  In 2002, radio was mentioned by nearly two-thirds of consumers (63 percent) for this perception, while only nine percent mentioned Internet.


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