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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At least this is technically possible
by seanpk on Thu 19th Aug 2010 23:39 UTC
seanpk
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2009-11-17

every device _could_ have an FM receiver, unlike this other brilliant piece of proposed legislation:
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/08/17/0138259/Legislation-To-Make-...

my big problem is all the radio I like to listen to is on the AM band ... its hard to find a device that has an AM receiver ... maybe I should start lobbying

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Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

my big problem is all the radio I like to listen to is on the AM band ... its hard to find a device that has an AM receiver ... maybe I should start lobbying


I think the basic idea is just a short-term idea. How long will FM radio be present? I mean, all things tend to get digital, so FM radio, as well as AM radio, is about to die, just like analog TV per antenna has died. At least in Germany, analog TV has been 99% abandoned, so I'm just curious when analog FM radio will follow.

Maybe the initiators of the requirement see that pressing more money out of FM radio has to be done within the next years - just before it vanishes and you can't squeeze any money from it.

Oh, and if the station you want to listen to is on AM - it's a different frequency band than FM, which usually is around 100 MHz +/- 20 Mhz. By the way, maybe there will be hacks around that allow extending the allowed frequency range of the FM receiver to listen to police radio as well? And maybe with another little modification, ordinary smartphones can be turned into full-featured radio scanners with digital descrambler, in which case it maybe would be illegal, but... :-)

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