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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

See below for more published reports from The Infinite Dial, and contact us with any questions or requests.

The Infinite Dial 2019

Podcasting and Audiobooks Both Attain 50% Reach; Facebook Usage Continues to Drop Edison Research and Triton Digital reveal results of The Infinite Dial 2019 Podcasting shows explosive year-over-year growth as gains in spoken-word audio mark the 2019 Infinite Dial Study by Edison Research and Triton Digital®. Among the U.S. population ages 12 and older, the […]

The 2019 Infinite Dial – Save the Date

Please save the date for the 2019 Edison Research/Triton Digital Infinite Dial webinar, which will take place on Wednesday, March 6th, at 2 PM Eastern. We will be streaming the results live online, and the complete presentation will be available at edisonresearch.com and tritondigital.com subsequent to the webinar. The Infinite Dial remains the longest-running study […]

Women Podcast Listeners: Closing the Listening Gender Gap

By Megan Lazovick Thirteen years ago, when the only ways to listen to a podcast were through a computer or by transferring it to an iPod, someone from Edison Research added a question about podcast listening to our annual study Infinite Dial study. Thanks to the foresight of that hero of an audio geek, Edison […]

Radio’s Hardware Problem: How does Radio compete if consumers don’t have radios?

Last week at the RAIN Summit Orlando I stood in front of a crowd and presented this video: The purpose of this awesomely-bad B-movie trailer is to get everyone thinking about a world without radio. As ridiculous as the premise seems, if some catastrophic event took out radio transmitters, what would people do? Well, they […]