In-Car InControl InXE infotainment +

Jaguar in connection with their build up to the full launch of their new XE model in 2015 today have released the third of their four “technology previews”.

It is the “All-new InControl infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen”.

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In summary it includes;

  • Optional on screen (that’s the windscreen) displays of key info
  • Access via the touchscreen to iOS & Android apps on your smartphone
  • In-car wifi hotspot
  • Voice control
  • Remote access via your smartphone
  • Emergency call
  • Tracking

The full “reveal” of the new model is scheduled for September 8 on the Thames with contributions from Emili  Sandé, Stella McCartney and Idris Elba. You can be kept informed of events by registering here.

We’ll leave you with their quite clever video (apart from displaying a left-hand drive layout) introduced and narrated by Dr Mike Bell, Jaguar’s very own Global Connected Car Director!


Global Music streaming subscriptions average $40

IFPI  the voice of the recording industry worldwide who  represent the interests of 1,300 record companies from across the globe have just produced their music sales reports for 2013.

To get an overall perspective the total market has contracted by some 3.9% in value terms compared with 2012 but this is entirely due to the Japanese market which is still being disrupted. Excluding Japan we reckon the rest of this world basically flatlined. Europe is the largest world regional market with just under 36% of the world market.

In format terms Digital still trails physical but continues to grow (4.3% in 2013) but at a slower rate than in the earlier part of this decade when it was running at double digit levels.

Subscription streaming services are in revenue terms expanding at a remarkable rate and at $1.1 billion now  represent just shy of 20% of all digital revenues.

The average (paid) subscription per subscriber rose by 8.1% last year and is now just under the $40 (£24) level:

  • 2013 – $39.68
  • 2012 – $36.70
  • 2011 – $34.62
  • 2010 – $40.25

Much much more from IFPI particularly on the digital front

How where and on what do we consume our audio?

Some interesting UK research from Audiometrics who are “specialists in audience research, data analysis and strategic insights for the audio and radio sector” a newish service provided by AudienceNet. This was presented to key companies from the sector at an initial meeting of the Internet Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) Audio Council yesterday which was founded “in early 2013 to educate the market about the possibilities offered by advertising in an online audio environment.”

How – Overall they conclude that 90% of us listen to audio and 48% (51% male 45% female) of us consume it via the internet. In an age analysis this rises to 75% for 15-24 year olds and 59% in the 25-34 year age range.

Where – their graphic (which we have taken the liberty of editing in our header) shows for the total UK population aged 15 and above listening locations:

  • At home – 77%
  • In-car / vehicle / public transport – 51%
  • Workplace – 17%
  • Walking / sitting in a public place -14%
  •  Club / pub / bar – 9%
  • At a gym – 8%

 On what- Unsurprisingly 53% of the 15-24 year olds were found to have listened on their computer/laptop/notebooks and 51% on their smartphone / mobile phone.

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When asking about the single preferred device overall 35% still went for the radio but amazingly, to us, this dropped to 3% for teenagers!

The tablet as a device didn’t seem to rank particularly highly in any section scoring less than 10% throughout.

“These new figures help to highlight just how mainstream listening to audio in a digital environment has become – and how vibrant a sector this is,” said IAB Editorial Manager Stuart Aitken, Chair of the IAB’s Audio Council. “We’re looking forward to working with AudienceNet in the coming months to produce a report called ‘Listening Britain’ which will build on this research and look closer at behaviours within this space.”

The total net advertising expenditure within the UK online audio sector was estimated to be £25m-£30m in 2011 [source: IAB]. Revenues to British record labels from online audio streaming were £49m in 2012 [source: BPI].

We look forward to hearing all about Listening Britain!

Sources: Audiometrics and IAB

Definition: Weekly reach data constitute listening for five minutes or more at any one time during the last seven days to AM/FM/LW/DAB/SW radio broadcast stations online and/or audio content available only on the internet.

We assume all the percentages sum to greater than 100% as we all consume our audio in multiple places and by multiple means on multiple devices!