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Should We Care if AM Radio Fades Out?

Bill Schweber
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goafrit2
goafrit2
12/2/2014 5:22:01 PM
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Re: Madness, not progress
>> Goafrit2, only physical radios can be vanished, soft radios can be there by embedding in all music systems including smartphones, tablets etc.

That seems to be the paradigm as there are radios in most of the smarthphones and they work very well. The challenge for the industry is not the technology, it is just that it is competing with many other choices and alternatives.

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fasmicro
fasmicro
12/2/2014 5:13:14 PM
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Re: Demise
>> Fasmicro, listeners have no choice or control over the selection and broadcasting programs.

That is not the case in U.S. There are hundreds of stations one can choose in some cities in U.S. The problem I have with radio is the fact that except I am in the car, I do not see any other place I need to listen to it.

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Myanalog
Myanalog
11/13/2014 4:13:34 AM
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Re: Demise
"But that does not change what the consumer hears. The big question is not the underlining technology but the program. I know that without BBC, most parts of Africa will drop their radios. BBC Radio service remains a very important product in radio across Western and Central Africa"

Fasmicro, but that increases the clarify and sound quality.

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Myanalog
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11/13/2014 4:12:27 AM
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Re: Software defined Radios
"Practically, every Android phone has FM Radio. Unless there is something I do not know, it works just as the one from the FM frequency. As people buy phones with these capabilities, radio will be like watch - devices that will fizzle one day irrespective of what we may think about them at the moment."

Goafrit2, yes most of the soft radios have only FM stations. I don't know why they hadn't include AM or SW stations.

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Myanalog
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11/13/2014 4:08:56 AM
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Re: Madness, not progress
 "There are not a lot of innovations in this space largely because the opportunities are muted. How many college kids are buying radios and how many families have them? These are not things that people spend a lot of time thinking how to redesign and remake. FM, AM, and the whole nexus of radio while important are not within the sights of Silicon Valley geeks."

Goafrit2, only physical radios can be vanished, soft radios can be there by embedding in all music systems including smartphones, tablets etc.

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Myanalog
Myanalog
11/11/2014 4:06:07 AM
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Re: Demise
"The big problem may not be the means of communication but the programs. I am not sure there are a lot of exciting things on radio for people to be overly concerned. Except my car, I do not think I will care which radio station is out there."

Fasmicro, listeners have no choice or control over the selection and broadcasting programs. Such things has to be taken care from the back end team; I mean broadcasting team.

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goafrit2
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11/5/2014 8:19:32 PM
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Re: Madness, not progress
There are not a lot of innovations in this space largely because the opportunities are muted. How many college kids are buying radios and how many families have them?These are not things that people spend a lot of time thinking how to redesign and remake. FM, AM, and the whole nexus of radio while important are not within the sights of Silicon Valley geeks.

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goafrit2
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11/5/2014 8:16:19 PM
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Re: Software defined Radios
>> Some customers would like to hear the song in better amplifier rather than a tiny smartphone. Today, internet radio was embedded in a few vehicles. Customer might hear the song in stereo system. 

Nothing stops you from extending the phone capabilities with a stereo just as you are doing with radio. There is nothing you can do with the radio that the phone is not ready for.

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goafrit2
goafrit2
11/5/2014 8:14:47 PM
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Re: Software defined Radios
Daej, these internet radios can be easily access through Smartphones; which made them more popular and acceptable among common peoples.

Practically, every Android phone has FM Radio. Unless there is something I do not know, it works just as the one from the FM frequency. As people buy phones with these capabilities, radio will be like watch - devices that will fizzle one day irrespective of what we may think about them at the moment.

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fasmicro
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11/5/2014 8:03:05 PM
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Re: Demise
>> Now everything is in software defined mode.

But that does not change what the consumer hears. The big question is not the underlining technology but the program. I know that without BBC, most parts of Africa will drop their radios. BBC Radio service remains a very important product in radio across Western and Central Africa

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