Globe editorial calls FM radio "outdated technology"

John Mullaney
Mon Aug 23 14:47:35 EDT 2010

Bob all Fords and Mercury's are available with Factory HD now. It is an option how ever. 

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On Aug 23, 2010, at 1:40 PM, Bob DeMattia <> wrote:

>>> It's really simple:  Give me something fresh, relevant and compelling to
> listen to, and you've got me.  Do nothing more than run on fumes,
> maintaining the >> status quo, and you've lost me.  What part of this does
> the NAB not understand?
> I've been looking to replace my current vehicle (ten years old, 240,000+
> miles).  I have an aftermarket
> HD receiver in my current vehicle.  I'm trying to find where there is an
> option for an HD receiver in my
> new vehicle.  If it's there, I can't find it.  Very easy to get a Sirius/XM
> receiver though, in fact it's included
> as standard on almost everything.  I suppose I could add an aftermarket to
> my new vehicle, but a lot
> of new vehicles now have the radio integrated into the trip computer and
> even into the navigation
> system.
> My Motorola phone,like most phones,  has a USB plug on it.  If I look at the
> specs for it, I can plug my
> phone into my computer.  With a $30 piece of software from Motorola, I can
> drag and drop music and
> audio files from my PC to my phone and vice versa.  Or can I?
> Actually, no.  Though the phone and the software can do it, Verizon has
> locked the phone so that I have
> to email a picture I've taken to my PC using their service.  Likewise, I
> have to purchase ringtones from
> Verizon rather than simply transfer one from my PC to my phone.
> OK, I found a hacker web site where someone has figured out how to remove
> the lock.  I did it, and it
> works.  As long as I don't go to Verizon and try to get my phone fixed now,
> I'm OK.  If I replace my phone,
> I have to hope that someone has figured out how to hack the new phone.
> But I imagine most people do not possess the knowledge to be able to do
> this.
> My point is, a radio is not a standalone purchase any longer.  It's coupled
> in with some larger product.
> That larger product is what the individual has to choose from.
> If the seller of that product has a vested interest in something that
> competes with the FM radio, consumers
> are going to find it difficult if not impossible to purchase what they want.
> -Bob

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