“Apple is a ‘huge disruptive monster’ coming down the hill according to BBC Radio 1’s head of music,” BBC News reports. “George Ergatoudis was speaking at a global conference in LA about the issues facing radio today and in the future. He said Apple’s ‘piles of cash’ and ambitious ideas could change the music and radio industries.”
“Former Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe left the network in March to work for Apple in Los Angeles,” The Beeb reports. “Ergatoudis explained that the resources available to the software company plus its ability to reach millions of smartphone users means it will force the radio industry to up its game.”
“But he warned Apple will be the biggest threat to radio stations globally when they do announce their plans,” The Beeb reports. “Addressing the conference, he said: “Listeners spend three hours a week less with the station on average. ‘Where do they spend time? On YouTube. The answer is to visualise a lot of our content.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Sounds like The Buggles had it right 35 years ago.