Thursday, August 30, 2007

New ipods will be even closer radio substitutes

by Mark Ramsey
Three primary things separate iPods from the functionality of radios:
1. They are tethered to a computer and can't be updated without them
2. There's no way to be introduced to new music without specifically seeking it out
3. There's no local aspect and no role for personalities or content "between" the songs
(Yes, I know "commercials" is another item - but I'm talking about stuff that listeners might like)
The first item (at least) is about to be erased. And the second won't be far behind. The third, meanwhile, is why many listeners are escaping radio for iPods in the first place.It is rumored that on September 5 Apple will release their new iPod line and that line will finally - as long predicted - feature the ability to connect to WiFi networks.
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