Kassof Study Examines Millennials' Thoughts On Radio Competitors
November 21, 2013

Mark Kassof & Co. have released data this week examining Millennials' thoughts on FM and AM radio, and today concludes the series with a look at digital competitors# Kassof asked 303 online respondents ages 13-34 their opinions on Pandora, SiriusXM, iHeartRadio and iTunes Radio#

Pandora scored the most positive reactions, with 39 percent saying they "love it" (compared to 37 percent "loving" FM radio), while 26 percent "like it." Kassof notes that "Pandora does have a higher percentage that don’t know [how they feel] (10 percent versus FM’s 1 percent) but then, FM has a many-decades 'head start!' Given its lower awareness, the fact that four in ten Millennials love Pandora is very impressive."

For SiriusXM, 26 percent said they "love it" and 22 percent "like it." However, 19 percent said they "don't know" how they feel, which Kassof says is "understandable, since it requires a paid subscription (or a new car)."

iHeartRadio and iTunes Radio scored almost identically, with 19 percent saying they "love" Clear Channel's digital service and 22 percent that "like it," as 21 percent "don't know." Apple's iTunes Radio had 18 percent "love it" and 24 percent "like it," as 18 percent "don't know." Kassof notes that :iTunes Radio performs as well as iHeart — which has been around longer — seems impressive. But it just may be that some respondents aren’t distinguishing between iTunes Radio (which is new) and iTunes (which isn’t)."

Kassof compared the data from all these categories, scoring on scale of 1 ("hate") - 5 ("love"), with FM Radio and Pandora tying with a 4.1 score. SiriusXM scored 3.8, followed by iHeartRadio with 3.7, iTunes Radio with 3.6 and AM Radio ranked last with a 3.1

Kassof concludes from this data that "Millennials feel just as positively, on average, about Pandora as FM. Whether you see this as good news or bad news depends on your perspective… If you (like me) are a 'radio veteran' who can’t possibly see how Pandora could compare to 'real' radio, it hopefully makes you (and me) sit up and realize that Pandora is a serious challenger. On the other hand, if you’re a Millennial yourself, you just might think: 'Yeah, what did you expect???'"

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