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Re: iPod Shuffle = New Radio ?

Brian Inglis (Brian.Inglis@SystematicSW.Invalid)
Mon, 24 Jan 2005 10:58:18 +0000 (GMT)

On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 09:02:19 -0500 in comp.dcom.telecom, wrote:

> Monty Solomon wrote:

>> Barry L. Ritholtz

>> I've been thinking about the iPod Shuffle since its introduction this
>> week. The early critique of the newest Pod is its lack of a readout or
>> screen -- even a small one -- to see what song is playing or up next.

>> The more I think about it, however, the more I think this (valid)
>> criticism is misguided. It misses the point entirely. The Shuffle
>> isn't supposed to be replacing a full featured MP3 player. Rather, it
>> is a substitute for a similar experience of getting music you know and
>> like -- on the radio.

>> Only you cannot do that anymore. McMusic dominates the airwaves,
>> preprogrammed from some fluorescent lit, over airconditioned,
>> windowless, soulless dreary office complex somewhere in the bowels of
>> Texas.

>> You can thank the 1996 telecommunication act for radio's massive
>> consolidation -- and really bad music on the radio.

>> The iPod Shuffle is yet more evidence of Radio's ongoing decline.
>> Recall we first discussed this last July in Radio's Wounded Business
>> Model. Barrons picked up the meme weeks later, running a very similar
>> criticism.

>> Where does that leave the fans of music, people who used to be
>> radio listeners?

>> The iPod Shuffle. Its the new radio.


> Is there a way to have the shuttle play through car radio speakers?

Most iPods (including the Shuffle) have nice little short range FM
transmitters available that plug in and transmit on any clear channel
you can select on your radio. The issue is probably whether your *car*
radio allows you to tune it to a clear channel, or just skips to the
next channel with a signal, unless the transmitter was equipped with a
similar feature applied in reverse.

Thanks. Take care, Brian Inglis Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Brian[dot]Inglis{at}SystematicSW[dot]ab[dot]ca)
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[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: But even if your car radio did not have
manual tuning to allow you to park it on a blank spot on the dial, as
soon as you turned on the I-Pod device and started 'broadcasting' wouldn't
the auto-tuning radio manage to find that signal in a few seconds? PAT]

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