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    Radio on your iPhone?

    No, Apple isn't enabling FM chips on their iPhones, but they are making over 100,000 streams available. ArsTechnica reports (via AllAccess):

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    Among the features in iOS 13 is the ability for iOS device users to call up audio streams from over 100,000 radio stations via SIRI voice command. The iPHONE voice command platform will access streams from iHEARTMEDIA’s iHEARTRADIO, ENTERCOM’s RADIO.COM, and TUNEIN."

    So, as long as you've got cell service, and you're willing to pay for the negligible bandwidth required, you get radio content and Apple gets their piece of the pie.
    Did I forget that <<sarcasm>> tag again?

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    There's plenty of other ways to listen on your phone without using Apple or Siri. And you don't always need cell service - Wifi is nearly ubiquitous so the service would only be needed while traveling.

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    plus the streams have better audio quality compare to FM and AM for radio stations broadcasting over the air anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will_H_69_9 View Post
    plus the streams have better audio quality compare to FM and AM for radio stations broadcasting over the air anyway.
    Not sure about that. Low grade mp3 is not better than FM.

    The real problem with a radio that receives 100,000 stations is the ability to pick the one you want to hear. That's relatively easy when you can an analog dial with a couple dozen stations. Much harder depending on a genome to make that decision for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    Not sure about that. Low grade mp3 is not better than FM.

    The real problem with a radio that receives 100,000 stations is the ability to pick the one you want to hear. That's relatively easy when you can an analog dial with a couple dozen stations. Much harder depending on a genome to make that decision for you.
    Is there any data showing the percentage of people whose primary device for listening to radio is a smart phone who listen to their local stations exclusively or nearly exclusively? If the trend is for smart phone users to listen to out-of-market, or even out-of-nation, stations, and if the trend also is away from OTA and to smart devices overall, how are your local stations supposed to sell advertising?

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    The Raptor-Warrior game aired in Toronto, Canada on 680 news due to a contract to air Jays games on AM 590 no matter what.
    It's an example of the need to have access to all news radio at times when the usual source is doing something else.
    However,
    this is in Canada, where it is still illegal to own more than two AM or FM stations at any one given time. (give or take a station or two in select markets)
    Unlike the States where
    there is a lot more freedom to own several AM sources to dump basketball without hurting the revenue of something like an all news wheel.
    Last edited by Yeziknoradio; 06-10-2019 at 12:35 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeziknoradio View Post
    Unlike the States where
    there is a lot more freedom to own several AM sources to dump basketball without hurting the revenue of something like an all news wheel.
    On the other hand, you don't have to own a station to accomplish that. In NYC, Entercom's WFAN has on occasion put its overflow games on Bloomberg's WBBR. But yes it's easier when you own the station.

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