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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 14, 2015

Survey: Do you listen to local FM Radio on your phone?

I'm surprised to see that most of the modern phones are dropping the support for FM radio. Apparently, they are doing this because they want you to use your data connection to tune in to web-based radio apps - so that the carriers make more money. I've been reading that while almost all the modern phones are equipped with FM receiver, it's not activated by default by the network providers.

There have been several surveys that hint at the declining use of FM Radio on phones. Let's conduct our own survey to find out the truth. Do engineers use FM Radio on phones? Please cast your vote on the poll.
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 16, 2015
I'm surprised, we've no takers for this poll?
Harshad Italiya
Harshad Italiya • May 16, 2015
Yes, I still do sometimes !
Web-based Radio - Never !
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • May 16, 2015
There was a time when a smartphone without Radio was a big turn off.
But I do use it still. I prefer not occupying the precious memory in my phone with several GBs of songs. What's the point?

Moreover, these days each song is more 6 MB. 😲
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 16, 2015
What I personally do not like about the local FM radio stations is that content to noise ration is pathetic. I bet if you tune into any radio station, there's a 99% chance that you'd listen to a commercial than actual song. Plus the radio jockeys have become so irritating with their punctuation or pause-less babble.

The only good thing about local FM radios is that you can listen to them without having to pay anything upfront and save precious data. The downside however is that you can't customise the playlists and have to rely on the choice of the RJs; no matter what mood you're in.

That said, I do like to have an option of tuning into any local FM radio.

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