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The End of Radio as We Know It?

Not quite but it struck me listening to a local radio station last night that with MP3-type iPod players now owned by millions of people, the attraction of listening to in-car radio stations is coming to an end.


Increasingly, docking stations for iPod devices are becoming available for in-car entertainment and in future, car manufacturers are likely to build these in by default. Last night then, having the mindless offensive rubbish called "Rap Music" inflicted on me by two local radio stations at once, it occurred to me, that in future, people will listen more to what they want to hear, in my case, about four hundred tracks on my own Zen media centre.

Already, one can't help but notice people wandering around "wired for sound" and it keeps me sane on the long and monotonous train journey to London. Once people start plugging-in during car journeys then we may see an impact on radio station listener figures. Not for some time but there is a visible shift in listening habits taking place from downloading music to being almost constantly wired to an MP3 player or mobile phone or both, where teenagers are involved. Times are changing and I wonder where it will lead?

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Anonymous said…
Yes, smell the cheese. Can't remember when I last didn't jack in my iPod to my car radio (any car), using iTrip.

My content on a foreign car. Also when I get out of the car, nothing to steal! Fab, take the fucking radio, I don't care.

BBC Radio 4, In Our Time downloads, pure heaven, thanx Melvyn. Steven Fry Potter stuff, thanx, keep the kids quiet for hours.

Slow death? Play me rap music.

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