(AUDIO) Vehicles Without AM/FM?
That's what representatives from the automotive industry said during a panel at Convergence yesterday. They wouldn't say who and they couldn't predict when. The point they were making was that everything is moving to IP, and radio had better get with the program. General Motors Managing Director/ Advanced Technology Office, Silicon Valley, Dr. Frankie James (pictured) said consumers want what they get from their smartphone. And her research shows the next generation is not listening to the radio. Here's our interview from Convergence with James.
(3/11/2013 1:47:46 PM) |
As an old fart, I listen to the radio in my car. But I must admit, that with 15,000 songs on my ipod, I do it less and less.
And my two kids, who are 19 and 22, NEVER even turn on the radio- they jack in the iphone and stream pandora in the car.
Of course my kids will be buying cars- everybody's kids will be, otherwise there would be no auto industry.
Generational change is inevitable, and its happening very very fast. And radio has been shooting itself in the foot for a long time.
(3/8/2013 4:17:31 PM) |
just one more genius move by automakers (deleting am/fm from cars.) that's what i call an edsel idea.
(3/8/2013 3:21:46 PM) |
How many kids pay their own phone bills?
How many kids buy their own cars?
So now when you buy a car you have to buy a data plan?
or just use your phone and the aux input?
So if you don't have a data plan you are out of luck?
What about the person who buys the car used and wants a terestrial radio or who can't really afford another data plan?
I think the newspaper analogy is fair but think about this, people PAID to receive the newspaper. When they realized they could get news free and instantly online they stopped paying.
Well radio is free so why are kids going to a payed service? Because radio doesn't have enough of what they want. Because radio is too focused on the older generation, the baby boomer spenders. Instead of cultivating a new generation of followers radio has let them slip to pandora. So if we use the automakers logic, if radio had what kids wanted they would put it in their cars.
Though I don't agree with that logic that appears to be what they are saying. Is it?
|- John Wittleman|
(3/7/2013 11:54:52 PM) |
Correction. They said TWO car companies are releasing cars in two years, already in production, which have no Am or Fm, nd Sid most ill ave no Am or Fm within Five years. They said its a fact, not just a guess.
|- Eric Rhoads|
(3/7/2013 12:07:24 PM) |
A dashboard without AM/FM will not happen in our life time.
Problem is, no matter how well they develop the internet, there will be always huge holes regarding reception.
By including internet in every car as a standard feature will further disrupt communication.
AM/FM will always be the main attraction for the local audience as there is no limit to the number of people that can be tuned in at given time.
|- Joe B|
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