Since the first official analogue signal was released in the United States of America in the 1920s, the radio has changed the world forever. It is deemed to be the second most influential gadget of all time and that should come as no surprise! With the vast speed with which it sends information, it has established itself as one of the main mass media technologies, still influencing millions of people out there.
The advances in technology have certainly changed the radio we get today. Just like with the TV, digital signals replaced analogue. DAB stands for the Digital Audio Broadcasting, which was introduced in 2006, when nearly 1,200 stations worldwide went digital. Here is how digital exceeds analogue.
1. It allows for a larger variety of stations. Since DAB signals take up less space on the airwaves, you can enjoy more stations available to you 24/7.
2. Easier to use. You save time and spare yourself headaches since you don’t have to remember frequencies and wavelengths. All you need is to remember the name of the station you love most and hit play. It is that easy!
3. Better quality of sound. No hiss and no crackle. Even with portable DAB radios you won’t have to worry about the quality of the sound, as long as you are in an area of coverage. Simply choose your favourite station among the wide variety and enjoy yourself.
Despite all the benefits of the DAB Radio, there is still for improvement and a need to establish itself, because new advances such as the podcasting and the online Internet radio are quickly taking their fair share in the hearts of users. And there are very good reasons why people love them so much! DAB is limited by something called an area of coverage. You know what I am talking about. There are only certain amounts of stations available to you in that area.
As much as providers are aiming to increase the number, you are still limited. Internet radio on the other hand, allows you to choose from stations from all over the world. Others also argue that podcasting is the future, since the radio is very demanding. Well, if you want to hear the sports news you have to turn the radio when the programme starts. With podcasting you can download it and enjoy it whenever you are free. Furthermore podcasts proved to be extremely useful in academic settings, as well as many others.
In conclusion, official figures, however, show that the number of people still enjoying their favourite DAB radio stations is increasing as BBC remarked a record a year ago. This means the future of DAB is bright and secure for now. Maybe this competition will lead to even further improvements, who knows?