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(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

- KVM
(3/31/2013 2:24:36 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
@Greg

"""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 decades....now 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
(3/26/2013 3:36:31 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I had a VW and an mg in the 60s that did not have a radio, nor antenna. I carry a cheap emergency radio/flashlight with extra batteries in my car "survival kit" I also have a walkie talkie style CB radio. If there is an emergency you do not want to waste gas or idle the car, or run the battery down. It came in handy during some forest fires and earthquake situations over the years. Cars are trying to get lighter and while a radio and aerial maybe a pound it is money too
- ED
(3/23/2013 7:43:57 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Regarding Tony's comments: "Keep this in mind. Digital (internet, satellite & HD) all have to pay PERFORMANCE fees to artists, record companies, etc.) ... over-the-air radio stations don't." You have no idea what you are talking about. Over-the-air radio stations pay HUGE fees to ASCAP/BMI/SESAC. Stations just don't have to do those ridiculous ASCAP/BMI logs any longer due to newer agreements.
- Bravo11


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