The Infinite Dial

The Infinite Dial® is the 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.

Among 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

2021: 33% of Americans 12+ own a smartspeaker

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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 […]

The Infinite Dial 2013: Navigating Digital Platforms – A Look at Radio Format P1s

Nearly Half of CHR Format P1s Have Listened to Online Radio[1] in the Last Week According to New Arbitron/Edison Research Infinite Dial Study of AM/FM Radio Format P1s Separate Reports By Individual AM/FM Formats Available to Clients, Planned For Early May Forty-seven percent of CHR format P1s have listened to Online Radio in the last week according […]

The Infinite Dial 2013: Navigating Digital Platforms

Weekly Online Radio Audience Reaches an Estimated 86 Million Nationally Says New Arbitron/Edison Research Study Study Also Reveals That More Than Half of Americans Now Own a Smartphone One in three Americans aged 12 and older now listen to all forms of online radio[1] on a weekly basis according to the new national survey from […]

The Daily Deals Consumer 2012

The Daily Deals Consumer 2012 is a new research study from Edison Research, derived from the 20th Edison Research/Arbitron Internet and Multimedia Research Series. This study examines companies like Groupon, Living Social and Gilt to uncover who is using these services, why, and what the potential impacts are for brands and products. The study also […]