The Infinite Dial 2014 Checks The State Of Online Radio Listening
AM/FM Radio Remains The Leading Source To Keep Up-To-Date With Music
March 6, 2014 at 4:02 AM (PT)
THE INFINITE DIAL 2014, the latest in this long-running series of studies on consumer adoption of digital media, was released YESTERDAY (3/5). This new national survey from EDISON RESEARCH and TRITON DIGITAL found that the weekly audience for all forms of online radio is now 36% of all Americans age 12 and older, or 94 million nationally.
- Monthly Online Radio Audience Approaching Half of Americans
- Three-Quarters of 12-24s and Half of 25-54s Listen to Online Radio Monthly
- Online Radio Reaches Estimated 94 Million Weekly
- Just Under Two-Thirds of 12-24s Listen to Online Radio Weekly; More Than One in Three Age 25-54
- Weekly Online Radio Listeners Report More Time Spent Listening Every Year
The study is the 22nd in a series of studies dating back to 1998. Among the many other findings:
- More than six in 10 (61%) now own a smartphone; that number increases to approximately eight in 10 age 18-34.
- Internet-only audio services continue to grow, led by PANDORA -- now consumed by 31% monthly. iTUNES RADIO debuts in THE INFINITE DIAL with 8% monthly usage.
- Growth in the adoption of the social media platforms FACEBOOK and TWITTER has slowed this year, compared with previous editions of THE INFINITE DIAL. FACEBOOK usage is flat compared to 2013, at 58%, while TWITTER grew slightly from 15% to 16% year-over-year.
- Podcasting is on the rise, as weekly audio podcast consumption grew 25% year-over-year, from 12% in 2013 to 15% in 2014.
- In-car usage of online radio and other forms of digital audio continues to grow. In 2014, 26% of mobile phone users have connected devices to a vehicle, either physically or via Bluetooth, up from 21% in 2013.
- SNAPCHAT is now one of the leading social networking services; 53% of mobile phone users are familiar with Snapchat, while 13% of Americans 12+ -- and 46% of 12-24 year-olds -- use the image sharing service.
“The continued penetration of smartphones in AMERICA is changing behavior significantly,” noted EDISON VP/Strategy and Marketing TOM WEBSTER. “We are now seeing activities that were dominated by desktop usage in 2013, flip dramatically to become mobile behaviors. For millions of Americans, the smartphone has become ‘the first screen.’”
“The Internet of Things means audio in everything Internet,” said TRITON COO MIKE AGOVINO. “Scaling connectivity across a plethora of devices is enabling tremendous growth in online radio consumption. Listening levels have reached significant proportions across all demographic groups, and this year’s INFINITE DIAL study illustrates a definitive upward trajectory.”