Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Aug 2010 22:28 UTC
Multimedia, AV You know, I really like America and its citizens. Beautiful country, lovely people, nothing but good experiences on my end. However, like everyone else, the US has its problems, and one particular annoying one is the power of lobby and interests groups. I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that the RIAA and NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) are asking Congress to mandate FM chips in all portable devices - cell phones, mp3 players, PDAs, everything. Wait, what?
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by gloucestershrubhill on Thu 19th Aug 2010 23:20 UTC
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I live in rural England and - frankly - I always choose a mobile device *with* an FM receiver. An iPhone or even a Nexus One are useless to me since streaming over our painfully slow local EDGE network simply won't work. We also have an incredibly good national spoken word service in BBC Radio 4, and I'm loathe to be without it in the background when I'm out and about.

There's this automatic snobbery about "legacy" technologies like FM radio in the tech world, but for the moment this supposedly obsolete format offers me and others like me the only viable way of consuming live audio on the go. Sure, I could move to a 3G area, but should I have to? FM chips are a real boon, and the main reason I've stuck with my trusty Nokia e71.

Edited 2010-08-19 23:21 UTC

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