BBC, digital radios, and mp3 players

The BBC has just announced plans for digital radios to “clip onto” the current crop of digital music players [iPods, other mp3 players].

This is a most interesting direction. With all of the discussion in the US radio industry about the HD Radio campaign, all of the technical problems, the holdup on FCC approval, and all related questions, I have yet to hear anyone over here say “Let us adapt to one of the most common manners in which people listen to things.” It has always been about completely new sets, mostly of the old-fashioned table-top variety. Nothing wrong with that per se, but it would seem that ushering in what is to be lauded as the biggest thing since FM via the table-top radio appears to be a bit more than behind-the-curve.

And, they are smart to make it something that would piggy-back on the plethora of portable media players already in circulation. Brilliant.

Link to the BBC story.

2 thoughts on “BBC, digital radios, and mp3 players

  1. This is an interesting turn of events as technology and media companies blur together. Until now, many leading technology companies have been morphing into media companies (see Apple, AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo). In this case a media company is morphing into a technology company. In this way, content drives the technology rather than the other way around?

    Why isn’t Clear Channel or Disney investing in something like this?

  2. Money quote from the story link

    We have a duty to make sure digital radio is relevant and clearly portable MP3 players are a massive area of growth.

    How exactly is Boston Acoustics making sure HD is relevant when it makes radios that are only used on bedroom dressers and kitchen counters?

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