Nearly 75% of those who consume audio in the car are likely to switch at least occasionally over the course of their commute. The average user of AM/FM radio switches the station 22 times per commute, while those using other platforms switch an average of 9.3 times per commute.
That’s just one of the findings of Edison Research’s “Hacking the Commuter Code,” a first‐of‐its‐kind national survey of those who commute 20 minutes or more daily, alone in a car or truck. New methodology from Edison allowed us to capture the actual, second‐by‐second behavior of commuters across the country.
“Hacking the Commuter Code” finds that there is a wide variance in behavior among in‐car audio users, with results depending on age, the type of content being consumed (e.g., music vs. spoken‐word), and access to streaming or satellite radio or integrated multi‐media systems.
There are also significant differences between types of users. “Hacking the Commuter
Code” identifies three discrete groups:
- The Restless – those who constantly switch (21%)
- The Seekers—those who switch occasionally (52%)
- The Keepers – those who mostly stick one with choice (27%)
“This is an Edison Research Hacks The Commuter Code entirely new research design to help answer definitively what has only been speculated about until now. We’re confident that ‘Hacking the Commuter Code’ will take its place alongside Edison’s ‘Share of Ear’ and ‘Infinite Dial’ studies.”
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