Thursday, October 14, 2010

Morning Brief: radio study shows growth of streamed content among young; ad deal for Canadian websites

Edison Research recently released a study that looks at young people's radio listening habits (thanks to eMarketer Daily for the heads-up).
The study, The American Youth Study 2010, showed that young people are increasingly turning to the Internet for radio content, with 20 percent of 12-24 year olds using Pandora, and a further six percent streaming radio content over the Internet.

Rather disturbingly (at least to me), the study shows that the musical tastes of young people . . . suck. The number of 12-24 year olds that listen to Top 40 stations has more than doubled, while other forms decreased. Great, ten more years of Lady Gaga.

Adconion Canada has signed up a couple of entertainment website, and, will now be represented in Canada by the ad rep firm. According to the company's announcement, is Canada's third largest entertainment news site.

As for Adconion, their management team is a little homogeneous, don't you think?

Logitech has released its first television component that features Google TV. The Revue will set you back $300, three times the price of the recently released Apple TV, according to CNET.

$300 sounds like a niche product to me. I always thought the Slingbox was a really great add-on to one's television but it never caught on because, to be honest, TV is TV. It's not like these devices improve the quality of the actual programming.

Of course, the attraction of these new devices is that you are now given the option of watching content other than that produced by the networks and that has to concern television producers.

Looking at Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 OS Dan Costa on asks "where are the apps". We are only slightly more than three years removed from the day Apple introduced the iPhone -- but we are only two years away from the anniversary of the first third party apps introduced for that phone. And here we are questioning the strengths of a product's app catalog.

I'm not a tech analyst, but if I were to venture a guess, I would say that the market for Windows Phone 7 lies in the low-end of the mobile phone market, with Android and iOS dominating the high-end. Where does that leave RIM?