2016 SoundExchange Changes and Paperwork

It’s that time of year again!  2016 is upon us which means it is time to fill out your annual SoundExchange paperwork.  First and foremost, the great news is that rates have decreased from last year by over 30%!  This should help ease the burden of fees for many broadcasters.  The other important change of note is the elimination out of the Small Broadcaster designation. Continue reading

CRB Preparing for Rate Proceedings

The Copyright Royalty Board, in preparing to set the new webcasting rates for 2016, recently asked the Copyright Office whether different rates can be used for different music suppliers.  Billboard breaks this down to mean that “…the Board is looking into whether it can set a higher rate for music licensed from the major labels over music licensed from the independents.”  Continue reading

Podcast Usage on the Rise According to Edison Research

Edison Research recently released additional information from their 2014 ‘Share of Ear’ study with a specific focus on podcast listeners.

According to this study, podcast usage was up 18% overall from the spring to fall releases of study results.  The study focused on those podcast listeners, and broke down the time spent listening to different audio sources, and the results for radio were optimistic, with podcast listeners spending 21% of their listening time on the radio and 30% listening to podcasts. Continue reading

What’s New At SurferNETWORK??

We’ve been hard at work to improve the streaming experience for stations and listeners alike.  Over the past few weeks we’ve rolled out several new features and enhancements to our service, and wanted to highlight a few of them for you today.  Some of these enhancements will keep you organized on the back-end, while others will make it easier for listeners to get your stream regardless of device!  Read on to find out more. Continue reading

Internet Streaming Up and Album Sales Down – What Does It Mean For You?

Nielsen recently released data for music sales as well as streaming, and they showed that overall music consumption was up, despite sales being down in 2013 compared to 2012.  That means that streaming music is on the rise.  It’s up 32% to be exact, and we expect that number to be even higher in 2014 with more people move their listening habits online, and even more competition in the On-Demand music streaming arena (which was up a whopping 103% last year). Continue reading

Arbitron’s 2013 Infinite Dial Report

Arbitron recently released their 2013 Infinite Dial Report, focusing on media consumption on and offline.  It’s a treasure chest of information in terms of how/when/where your listeners are, and how they consume and interact with content.

AM/FM Radio Still the Top Listening Platform – But a Cross Platform Strategy is Necessary

Overall, the report finds that radio still rules the road.  You have the most loyal following, and they stay glued to your content.  Even with the boom of Internet Radio options, 82% of respondents that listen to internet radio (including Pandora) find their way back to the AM/FM dial.  With 53% of Americans 12+ now owning a smartphone, you have the ability to engage your audience and request feedback all on the same device!  Are you leveraging this for success at your radio station? Continue reading