davewill wrote:This could conceivably be done with a phone app. It would periodically sample the mic, listening for what program/station is currently playing. When you're done driving, you could then review the list of programs you had listened to and up/down rank them. Although, to be honest, the fact that you listened for a period of time is sort of an automatic up vote, isn't it?
Thanks, I wish that I had not used the word "vote" or "voting" or put forth more than one suggestion in the same post. It seems I have greatly complicated things. I'll try to clear it up:
1) The main thing I am suggesting is simply that, with driver permission, Nissan collect information about what radio stations people are listening to. From there, Nissan might either monetize the information and sell it to such interested parties as advertisers or stations.
At some point I may have used the word "vote" or "voting" to convey that when I turn the dial in the car, if I know that my listening choices are being recorded, it feels as though I am (in a way) "voting" for this or that song or program. This is something that I think I would like to try.
Background to this idea is that at some point I was going to participate in keeping one of the manual diaries that Nielsen apparently uses, but a re-assessment meant that unfortunately I did not qualify to participate. This was kind of disappointing.... I was looking forward to it... I like listening to radio in the car, sometimes.
So, reading through your response, yes, just the recording of the listening would amount to de facto voting/ranking/rating/whatever, and no further action would be needed. But, as I write, and as I think about your comment, _yes_, there would seem to be an opportunity here for a phone app that would allow those of us left out in the cold by the official ratings processes could participate in something, even if we know that it's not accepted as scientific or as useful as the official well-established processes.
I wonder, if a phone app of the sort you describe did get popular with riders whether NIssan or its competitors would then consider whether they would like to gather the in-car radio listening information for those drivers that really wanted to opt in. Among other interesting results of this might be to contrast and mull over the differences in results of the official well-established ratings methods and the opt-in easy-peasy automaker-gathered or app-gathered information.
2) I made a second completely separate suggestion, also intended to leverage the vehicle's information gathering and connectivity capabilities, which is that it might be interesting to have some polling capability built in to the dashboard of the car. There were one or two points made by others as to whether this would be allowed under regulations and in the end even though I think it's half-interesting, it's really not the priority here, and is a different matter altogether.