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Re: iPod Shuffle = New Radio ?

Joseph (
Mon, 24 Jan 2005 10:08:43 -0800

On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 09:02:19 -0500, wrote:

> 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?

Use one of those "broadcaster" type things that are also used to play
CD/MP3 players through your car radio. I believe it gives you several
places in the FM spectrum that you can tune it to the transmitter.

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