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Old 29-11-2012, 18:18   #1
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The death of analogue radio

Using a basic FM radio tuned to any BBC station and the pips always came in bang on time.

Tonight I noticed they were 40 seconds behind on my Squeezebox radio vs my clocks, atomic watch, PC & Nexus and the VM box.

I dug out a digital clock I wrote the software for and made in the 90's that I know is spot on to prove my point.

Something I hadn't considered with Internet services like radio.

Promise this is not a case of OCD but more an observation that had me a bit confused until I realised I listen to Internet radio via my Logitech system.

Once we lose the analogue radio then we will all be out a tadge if like me you use it to synchronise clocks etc. I also wouldn't want to be in a siege situation where one had used his Ipod to set his clock for an attack launch
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Old 29-11-2012, 18:56   #2
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Re: The death of analogue radio

I'd be very interested to see which broadcaster wants to commit suicide by terminating their FM/AM broadcasts.

DAB just doesn't give the user anything significantly more than FM. In fact it usually just fails when you want to listen to it. The codec is obsolete as well.

Internet radio has its place but for quality give me a good FM signal.
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Old 29-11-2012, 19:07   #3
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Re: The death of analogue radio

Rumours of the death of FM have been exaggerated ...

In my house I can tune to BBC radio 4 on my Freesat box, on the computer, on a DAB radio and on an FM radio and get four different opinions on when it's time for the World at One.

I LOL at the DAB adverts being run by the BBC at the moment, with the comedy 70s black puppet talking about its "honey sweet sound". DAB is anything but. A good FM signal is vastly superior.

They are never going to be able to get rid of FM. Radio and TV are two completely different media, used in completely different ways. People hang radios in their showers, they keep compact wind-up or solar radios on the windowsill for emergencies, they have them in their car dashboards, in their alarm clocks, their watches, phones, MP3 players ... There are billions of the things, and almost none of them can be adapted with a set-top box cheap enough to be a viable alternative to buying a completely new radio.
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Old 29-11-2012, 19:25   #4
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Rumours of the death of FM have been exaggerated ...

In my house I can tune to BBC radio 4 on my Freesat box, on the computer, on a DAB radio and on an FM radio and get four different opinions on when it's time for the World at One.

I LOL at the DAB adverts being run by the BBC at the moment, with the comedy 70s black puppet talking about its "honey sweet sound". DAB is anything but. A good FM signal is vastly superior.

They are never going to be able to get rid of FM. Radio and TV are two completely different media, used in completely different ways. People hang radios in their showers, they keep compact wind-up or solar radios on the windowsill for emergencies, they have them in their car dashboards, in their alarm clocks, their watches, phones, MP3 players ... There are billions of the things, and almost none of them can be adapted with a set-top box cheap enough to be a viable alternative to buying a completely new radio.
time to put them in the loft with the betamax player
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time to put them in the loft with the betamax player
Wasn't it the porn industry that kept Betamax alive? That doesn't simply cross to Radio 4.
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Wasn't it the porn industry that kept Betamax alive? That doesn't simply cross to Radio 4.
i have no idea what goes on in the porn industry -i just know betamax is dead
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Re: The death of analogue radio

I wouldn't be without DAB in the car, in fact in-car use is probably the only thing keeping it alive by now. Can't stand listening to Five on mediumwave especially this time of year when the grey line looms in mid afternoon.
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Re: The death of analogue radio

DAB in my location is very patchy.
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Old 29-11-2012, 22:44   #9
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I'd be very interested to see which broadcaster wants to commit suicide by terminating their FM/AM broadcasts.
Most TV stations have done that here in the states and they are noticing not as many ppl can get them!!!! (Low power stations are still in analogue AND SOUND/LOOK much better (I have one near me that is still ANALOGUE and im quite grateful it is!! (They have a digital side also but i prefer the analogue channel)))

Digital is crap (Audio or Video) -- I hope traditional AM/FM stations dont drop thier analogue side....

I have an internet radio and for the last month i havent had it plugged it,i listen on my traditional AM radio (I love AM) and it sounds much nicer!!
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Wasn't it the porn industry that kept Betamax alive? That doesn't simply cross to Radio 4.
Helped to kill it off, as Sony wouldn't let the porn companies use betamax tapes.
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Once we lose the analogue radio then we will all be out a tadge if like me you use it to synchronise clocks etc. I also wouldn't want to be in a siege situation where one had used his Ipod to set his clock for an attack launch
This is why we have NTP.
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Wasn't it the porn industry that kept Betamax alive? That doesn't simply cross to Radio 4.
50 Shades of Grey on Book at Bedtime perhaps?
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Re: The death of analogue radio

Analogue radio is far from dead, think about the number of cars alone that have radios, then theres mobiles, stereos etc.

It would required a phased in process over years.
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They killed analogue TV pretty fast...
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They killed analogue TV pretty fast...
TV is a different medium. For the most part you have to choose to sit down to watch it; you make use of the full range of services it provides; most of all, the set-top box necessary to convert an analogue TV for DVB-T is a fraction of the cost of an entirely new set.

Radios on the other hand are commodity items. They are cheap, they run on next to no power, they tend to accumulate until you have one in just about every room and most importantly you have them on in the background so the extra data services are next to useless most of the time. What would a set-top box adapter for a shower radio look like? What would it cost for one? More to the point, what would it cost to buy adapters, or new radios, for everywhere in the home we might want them? And how about our cars, where most people are happy with the original integrated radio-CD in the dashboard - how do you do a cost-effective DAB conversion on that?
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