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(4/3/2013 6:43:13 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Just one thought on young people's "lack of interest" not being backed up by Arbitron data. Keep in mind, the two pieces of data don't have to be in conflict with each other. Just because they are still listening, doesn't mean they are interested or feel strongly about it. Could be what GM is hearing from young people is that they want more options other than radio, and if those options are there, they could care less if radio isn't one of them.
- JG
(3/31/2013 6:59:03 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Part 2. AM should have gone away forty years ago according to the article's logic. Yes the number of people listening to AM/FM only will get smaller and smaller, but it will still be offered as an option for many more year. Eventually it will become a "quaint" option for only the senior crowd, but broadcasting will be around for a long long time. So, gear up to handle the new, but don't plan on dropping the old broadcasting, plan on supporting both.

- KV
(3/31/2013 6:55:20 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I find it a very interesting read, but I am not nearly as freaked out about it as this being a replacement as the author unless internet radio can other the follow as a rock solid promise: that we'll still be able to get the same content as AM/FM and without ANY extra effort.

Why? Because people hang onto their cars a lot longer than just 2-5 years (more like a decade or more now) and people are creatures of habit and and, well, just look at AM: it should have gone away forty years ago

(3/31/2013 2:24:36 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content

"""Article shocked me. Is USA so far behind lots of the world that this is 'news'?"""

As a European, the faux-shock and the BS question shocked me.

Where exactly in the world don't they offer in-car radio systems with FM (or AM)?

Maybe in your bizarro country that happens. I'd like to know which is it. Australia? NZ?

- foljs
(3/31/2013 1:10:40 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Abandoning AM/FM doesn't mean the future is connected only. Broadcast radio is also digital. In Europe the whole automotive industry is investing in Digital Radio (e.g. DAB). Check it.
- Paolo
(3/31/2013 11:09:42 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Everyone should be overjoyed that AM/FM are going away. Their limited nature encouraged content monopies, a lack of diversity, an over abundance of advertising and homogeniety.

A long time ago, before payola and clear channel, it used to be possible to hear new, interesting music on the radio selected by music aficionados who had their fingers on the pulse of what is cool. It hasnt been that way for we get canned lists of garbage content dictated from above by marketing weenies.

- Radio
(3/30/2013 8:41:52 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Article shocked me. Is USA so far behind lots of the world that this is 'news'?
- Greg

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