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.