A Google geek named Alexander Chen has come up with a fascinating way to visualize what Brian Wilson does on Pet Sounds. This is bloody hypnotic. Read the full story at Wired.
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So far, the news is good for radio in the car. This is from Carolyn Gilbert writing for NuVooDoo Media:
NuVoodoo’s recent national study of radio listeners 18-54 is full of findings that tell us we are witnessing a massive culture change happening very quickly. Listeners these days are converting so much of their lives so rapidly to their handheld computers. (Devices that, for our comfort, we quaintly call “smartphones,” in the fine tradition of “redial” and “carbon copy.”)
Radio, at least so far, has a good story to tell. Smartphone ownership is not yet materially hurting us. As we have shown in previous columns, smartphone owners are slightly more, not less, attached than non-smartphone folks to their favorite stations and morning shows. Additionally, TSL [Time Spent Listening, for all you non-radio people] to a favorite radio News/Info station is actually longer among smartphoners than among non-smartphoners.
Radio’s last bastion of exclusivity had been in-car listening, but now any smartphone owner has infinite other options. Last week, we reported that, despite those options, smartphone owners are just as likely as other folks to be listening to “radio stations” while they drive.
So, are the digital audio options, in both music and spoken word, moving the car-listening meter at all? Are they drawing sampling? And how much of the sampling audience is converting to heavy users of “non-radio” audio?
Probably. But don't start deleting files yet--especially if you live in Canada where streaming music services are still struggling to penetrate the market in a meaningful way.
But in other countries (including the US, the UK and Scandinavia), it's a different situation altogether. Forbes reports:
Industry watchers have long projected continued growth in streaming, but the medium seems to be taking over more quickly than expected–and may already be sending mp3s the way of the CD. Nielsen’s report reveals that digital track sales dipped 2.3% in the first half of the year, while CD sales sagged 14.2%.
The trend reflects the willingness of many consumers to give up the idea of having a collection–physical or virtual–of music that they own. That shift has even called into question the dominance of Apple's mighty iTunes Store.
“People have built up libraries,” BTIG’s Walter Piecyk explained to FORBES earlier this year. “But the functionality of something like Spotify and the fact that it works across multiple devices reduces the interest in buying songs through iTunes and reduces that as a point of differentiation for Apple.”
I have a lease coming up in a little less than two years, but because I love cars so much, I've already begun shopping. A couple of makes and models are on may radar, including one that has a pretty awesome infotainment system. All other things being equal, it's very, very possible that I'll go with the car with the better entertainment technology.
But no matter what I choose, I'm still going to fall in the tech ditch that precedes what's coming next. It'll probably take until the end of the decade for us to see the full potential of the connected car.
I'm not talking about cars that fly or drive themselves. I mean vehicles with the kind of connectivity outlined in this article in VentureBeat:
Forrester recently issued a report titled “Connected Cars — Prepare for the Next Computing Environment,” which explores this sector and provides a 10-year outlook. Widespread connectivity, “abundant” sensors in smartphones, powerful analytics in the cloud, and continued technological innovation are transforming the automobile industry.
“Persistent broadband Internet connectivity has transformed many industries, primarily via smartphones and applications but also by embedding network connections into devices and environments,” said Forrester analyst Charles Golvin. “Now broadband mobile connectivity is about to become the default in vehicles, adding a new computing environment beyond office, home, and on-the-go.”
Golvin broke down connected car applications into four types — infotainment/media, advanced telematics, vehicle-to-X communications, and autonomous driving capabilities.
Listening to the radio in the car is something we take for granted. But it wasn’t always this way.
The very first time anyone demonstrated the operation of the new-fangled wireless devices was at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis when American inventor Lee DeForest showed off some of his newest technology. It worked, but since no commercial radio stations would sign on for another dozen years, there wasn’t really much of a demand for this thing.
When AM radio got rolling in the middle 1910s, a number of inventors began to experiment with radios in cars. In 1922, an amateur natured George Frost showed off a radio in a Ford Model T. Others followed like the Airtone 3D in 1925 and Philco Transitone of 1927. But all these devices were very big, very fragile and very expensive. A Transitone cost $150 when you could buy a whole car for under $700. There was also the matter of electrical interference from the car’s ignition system with the radio’s reception.