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Re: iPod Shuffle = New Radio ?
Sun, 23 Jan 2005 09:02:19 -0500

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?


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