In this modern age where everyone is using a computer for their day-to-day life radio broadcasts have become more and more obsolete and Internet radio has made it even more useless. The internet now has various different services that replace most of what Radio offers.
Podcasts are now availible which is talk radio shows distributed over the internet in MP3 format and on any variety topics and can be listened to when ever the viewer wants. The other advantage of pocasts is you can get the information much faster instead of having to sit through long advertising breaks and music breaks podcast has quick ads and no music can be distributed over that format so that you can get the information much faster and podcasts don’t have the FCC regulations that restrict content and foul language giving much more freedom. Podcasts can also be made by anyone with a microphone and internet connection so you can get a wide variety of opinons and perspectives.
As for music broadcasts the two main services are Last Fm and Pandora. They both allow you to enter your favorite song or musical artist and then builds a playlist of songs that you may like based on what you entered in as your musical preferences. This allows you to have your own radio station of songs that you like and not have to sit through long advetisements or songs that you don’t like. The internet is a great way to get music that you like and have a personalized playlist you can share with your friends.
By moving to the internet for audio broadcasting not only gives the listener more freedom to listen to their music and shows but also allows them to share their favorite content over a variety of social networks and if they choose to they can create their own radio show by making a podcast allowing them to express their own ideas. With the continuing growth of internet broadcasting I predict very few people will be using radio in the next 25 years and think it will decrease even more in later years.