Is FM broadcasting slowly dying?

There are some news heard that Norway will totally shut off FM radio broadcasting until the end of 2017. Later some other countries considered to do the same thing. Audience has different reactions to this decision. Some just accepts it, because it is known for a long time that traditional radio is slowly disappearing, but others however are shocked and wonder what the world without the radio will be? If this happens people will need to spend more money on internet and other things where to listen to music and news.

It really is true that Norway is planning to support the methodology that allows FM. They have decided to move to a complete DAB system – Digital Audio Broadcasting. That means radio itself isn’t dying, however FM really might be losing its effect. So many people probably are wondering what will change because of this?

First we need to understand the difference between FM and DAB. The short answer would be – DAB is improved and advanced version of FM. DAB or digital radio is a way of audio broadcasting in which analog audio signal is converted into a digital signal. This digital signal then is transmitted on an assigned channel in the AM or FM frequency. So it only means that it can provide higher quality sound.

DAB also can provide more programs than FM. FM usually can provide only 5 national radio stations, but DAB has a space for more than 20. Also the cost of providing these programs is a lot lower. So it is lot more convenient to use DAB instead of FM for both, radio providers and the audience.

If we talk about the quality, then DAB is superior in many aspects, but it has some disadvantages as well. There is a need for specific DAB receiver. Usually standard FM radios are not equipped with this DAB receiver. As DAB is nothing new to Norway and some other countries, huge part of households are equipped with radios with DAB receivers, but others will need either to upgrade their radios or buy new ones.

So in the conclusion we might say that it is worth to change the way of broadcasting from FM to DAB, because of its many benefits. The need for new radio is not an obstacle to these changes. Probably many countries will follow the example of Norway and use DAB instead of FM. That is only question of time. So, yes, FM is slowly dying, but radio itself isn’t. It is only upgrading and that’s a good thing.


Will web radio replace the traditional radio?

Nowadays internet is accessible almost anywhere and that is why web radio is becoming more and more popular. Just like traditional radio, also web radio can be listened at car, at work, at home or any other place. Does that means traditional radio is no longer needed and web radio will totally replace AM/FM radio?

First let’s sort out what exactly we are talking about. The traditional radio is the type of radio which is operated by the electromagnetic radio waves, but the web or internet radio is an audio service transmitted or streamed through the internet. So traditional radio represents all the AM/FM radio stations, but web radio represents Internet-only radio stations.

For the time being traditional radio is still more popular than web radio, but the issue is that the popularity of web radio is staidly increasing, but traditional radio remains the same popularity for more than 10 years. That is happening, because of the development of internet and newest technologies. If few years ago web radio was assessable only in a computer or mobile phone, because those were the only widely used gadgets with internet access, than now you can listen to web radio in smart TV, smart watch etc. As the technologies are developing further, it is believed that also web radio will be develop and even might replace the traditional radio.

If the availability of both types of radio, is identical, than all is settled by the supply. That means listeners will choose to listen to the radio stations which conforms their taste and needs. Unfortunately, this also doesn’t speak well for traditional radio, because there is a lot more streaming music services than traditional radio broadcasts, beside in case of web radio, listener can choose what music exactly they wants to listen.

So, all shows that traditional radio really could disappear pretty soon, however the representatives of the biggest radio stations in the world are not so pessimistic. They claim that all the new ways to listen to the radio can’t replace the traditional radio. It only helps them to become better and think more about clients needs. They really believe that traditional radio is irreplaceable and as a proof they point out that lot of people is still listening to the traditional radio despite all the options those new technologies offers.

Only future will show how the radio will develop. We can only make predictions based on statistics, but it’s not said they will come to pass. If you are a fan of traditional radio, there no reason to be worry, because at least for few more years’ traditional radio will be broadcasted as usual.