It used to be that radios were only restricted to cars, home, and walkmans. Now, radio has made it to a whole new crop of listeners. The online ones. Internet radio has boosted in popularity in the past ten years. There are radio phone apps, like Slacker and Pandora, and these apps can also be opened on a computer or internet capable TV. Listeners literally have the entire world to connect with.
Listeners don’t have to remissness about a good radio show, anymore. Now they can download podcasts. These are recordings of radio shows and talk shows. Radio stations will list them on a downloads page. Searchers can find the shows they want, listed frequently by show name and date. After a quick download, people can listen to their favorite radio program on a phone, computer, or tablet. To today’s radio listener, portability is crucial.
If that isn’t enough, listeners should know that now radio is customizable. People can “like” or “dislike” a track, and they can block a track that they dislike. Tracks can also be shared on social networking sites, so friends can see and experience what their friends are listening to. Radio listeners can also buy their favorite tracks and download them to their phones, computers, or tablets. This makes a favorite artist, song, or playlist more accessible to listeners and those they want to share their music with.
Radio has become far more intimate than anyone could have imagined. It has come very far since stories, live music, and commercials done by radio announcers. One might wonder how much more radio will change and how much more personal it will become. One thing is for certain, though, it s changing with the times.