Interesting, and they’re crowing about a number of new funky features. But the bottom line for me is:
Q: Will AM and FM radio be switched off soon?
There are no plans at this stage to switch off AM and FM radio services. As there is an estimated five radio devices per home, listeners must be given time to change over all of their radio devices before any discussion of switch off of analogue services. In addition, planning needs to continue for the switch on of digital services to the rest of Australia outside of the five launch cities.
I listen to radio a bit, but the new features like clearer sound and extra channels aren’t grabbing me. I’ll only upgrade if I’m dragged kicking and screaming off conventional radio. $150 for a set? No way.
Maybe the serious radio-heads will take it up?
Podcasting mogul Cameron Reilly has a post comparing Digital Radio to podcasts and notes that podcasts already have most of the features. True.
But then, I listen to radio for its immediacy. You don’t get breaking news on podcasts.
Oh, boy am I glad I missed the mind-numbing four-minute-long “road-block” (all stations) segment at 7:40am.