I can definitely do without listening to FM radio, but I still have moments that call for an FM radio intervention, moments when I am in the car — Plus, it’s really nice not having control of the music that’s on, I might listen to a song that I haven’t heard or thought of in years.
Anyway, on Wednesday, Norway became the first country in the world to start shutting down its FM radio network in favor of digital radio. In their defense, they claim Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) offers better sound quality and more channels at an eighth of the cost of FM. Plus, there are 22 national digital stations, but only five can be packed into the analog FM bands.
However, many Norwegians think that the shift is premature. A poll in Dagbladet newspaper revealed that 66% of Norwegians are against shutting down FM radio, with only 17 percent in favor.
Looking at it generally, there’s certainly a trend towards the FM radio being taken out, especially in the Smartphone industry. Apple has never included an FM radio on an iPhone and Samsung hasn’t included it in the latest Galaxy S series, with other brands seeing less of a need for it in their flagship devices. However, none of these phones have seen fit to introduce DAB+ technology to replace it yet, since there are many streaming apps that can fill the void, streaming apps that consume data.
So, would this happen in a country like Nigeria? Nah! I don’t think Nigeria would want to incur the wrath of the Abokis. 😅
On a more serious note, I think we still have a long way to go before something like this can be effected in Nigeria.