Edison Media Research: Online Radio Reaches 33 Million Americans Per Week

The annual Infinite Dial 2008: Radio’s Digital Platforms put out by Arbitron (NYSE: ARB) and Edison Media Research, estimates that 33 million Americans age 12 or older listen to a radio station over the Internet during an average week – up from 29 million listeners one year ago. There is also a strong connection between online radio listening and social networking sites according to the study.  The complete study, which will be released in April 2008, also found that:

* Thirteen percent of Americans age 12 or older (an estimated 33 million people) listened to online radio in the past week; an increase of two percentage points from January 2007
* While nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of all Americans age 12 or older have a profile on a social networking Web site such as MySpace, Facebook or Linked-In, nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of online radio listeners have a profile on sites such as these
* One-third of online radio listeners with a social network profile visit their social networking site nearly every day or several times per day
* The top social networking Web sites among online radio listeners are MySpace and the business professional networking service Linked-In. Twenty-eight percent of online radio listeners have a MySpace page, while nearly one-quarter (24 percent) have a profile on Linked-In.

Social networking is clearly not about creating exclusive, self-enclosed communities,” said Diane Williams, senior analyst, custom research for Arbitron. “We found that online radio listeners are more than one and half times more likely to have a profile on a social networking site as compared to average Americans and that they tend to be power-users with one-third of online radio listeners logging on to their social networking site nearly every day or even multiple times per day.

Edison: Online Radio Reaches 33 Million Americans Per Week

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