The debate continues to draw interest between those who say listener tune-out during commercials remains high and other others who dispute that.
Edison Research last week showed some drivers switch AM/FM stations 22 times per commute on average. Avoiding commercials drives some of that behavior.
Pandora then said avoiding the song that’s currently playing drives some of that station-switching too, with nearly 60% of commuters who say they want a connected car for their next vehicle so they can listen to digital streams easier and hear what they want on-demand.
Now, Cumulus Media and Westwood One Chief Marketing Officer Pierre Bouvard points to the current management changes at Pandora, and says they’re not authorities on in-car listening.
AM/FM crushes Pandora in the car because AM/FM has a 72% share of in-car listening compared to Pandora’s 1%, according to Bouvard, citing Edison Research.
“Pandora wishes they were used in-car,” says Bouvard, noting YouTube and Spotify are nipping at their heels.
Bouvard also points out AM/FM actually retains 93% of the lead-in audience during spot breaks, based on nearly 18 million commercial breaks studied by Arbitron/Nielsen and Media Monitors.
And the number of listeners who switch channels has been exaggerated, according to Bouvard, who points to 74% of in-car listeners who say they mostly keep the radio tuned to one station or only switch occasionally.