The Infinite Dial

The Infinite Dial® is America’s longest-running survey of digital media consumer behavior in America, tracked annually since 1998. Over its 20+ year history, it has become the survey of record for a number of important media channels, including streaming audio, podcasting, and social media, and is relied upon by its audience of content producers, media companies, agencies, and the financial community. Our ongoing Infinite Dial research series is conducted using the highest standards of survey research, using a random-digit dialing methodology (mobile and landline) to produce a nationally representative, projectable look at the behaviors of the U.S. population ages 12 and over.

Amongst the milestones first recorded by the Infinite Dial:

1999: More than half the U.S. population has a computer in their home

2001: 53% of Americans have Internet access at home

2002: Cell phone ownership exceeds 50%

2006: Podcasting debuts; 22% of Americans are familiar with the term

2008: The iPhone is first tracked with 2% of the population owning one

2011: Facebook is used by over half the population (51%)

2013: Smartphone ownership exceeds 50%

2017: Smart Speaker tracking introduced with 7% of Americans 12+ owning one

2019: Over half the population say they have ever listened to a podcast

Click here for the 2019 U.S. Infinite Dial® Report

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Infinite Dial 2014: The Majority of Americans Have a TV Connected to the Internet

The Infinite Dial 2014 study reveals that 51% of Americans 12+ have a TV that is either directly connected to the Internet, or has that connection through a game console, video streaming appliance or other attached device. These and other important insights will be revealed on Wednesday, March 5th at 2PM EST, during The Infinite […]

Infinite Dial Research Finds that 31 Percent of Americans 12+ Use Pandora Monthly

The Infinite Dial 2014 study has found that 31 percent of Americans 12+ report using the Internet radio service Pandora on a monthly basis, up from 27 percent one year ago. iHeartRadio is used by 9 percent monthly, while iTunes Radio, which debuted in 2013, comes in third with 8 percent monthly usage, followed by […]

Edison Research, Triton Digital Partner for Infinite Dial 2014 Study

Somerville, New Jersey — Dec 3, 2013 — Edison Research’s long-running and influential study of consumer media usage, The Infinite Dial, will have a new partner when it returns in March 2014. The Infinite Dial, now in its 16th year, will be produced in partnership with Triton Digital. Since 1998, the 21 Infinite Dial surveys have tracked Americans’ use of digital […]

New from Arbitron/Edison Research Infinite Dial: More Than Four in Ten Rock Format P1s Listen to Online Radio Weekly

Rock format P1s are more likely to listen to Online Radio weekly (43 percent), as compared to 33 percent of Americans age 12+. In addition, Rock format P1s have higher awareness of Online Radio brands across the board at 90 percent for Pandora (versus 69 percent of Americans age 12+), 77 percent for iHeartRadio (compared […]