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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Forced Phone FM Tuner is Claimed “Pro-Consumer”

Forced Phone FM Tuner is Claimed “Pro-Consumer”

Forced Phone FM Tuner is Claimed “Pro-Consumer”

Added: Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
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Dennis Wharton, the CEO for National Association of Broadcasters, accuses critics of using tactics which are long on exaggeration and inaccuracies. He pointed out the evidence of the fact that the radio audience is growing, which can be a proof that mobile phone subscribers more than deserve an access to free radio. He also called opposition an anti-competitive behavior and nothing more.

It was just a week ago when news emerged on a developing partnership between the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Association of Broadcasters aimed at pushing Congress to demand all mobile devices to have an FM tuner installed. In return, the radio would pay $100 million per year as royalties to performers and record labels. It is expected to be a compromise for the radio’s exemption from paying the performance fees.

After the deal has caused plenty of criticism, the CEO for NAB Dennis Wharton tried to argue, saying that critics were denigrating this pro-consumer option. He probably does so to make them seem outside the mainstream, but the reality is that if the users really wanted to get an FM tuner installed, they would seek out the appropriate mobiles. Although Wharton claims that the radio’s audience keeps growing, it’s hard to believe this. While the audience might be growing potentially, it’s unlikely that more people prefer it today – it’s not what it used to be before. People can use websites like Last.fm instead, if they want to stream commercial free music.

Dennis Wharton also mentioned a research carried out in Asia and Latin America. It revealed that about 45% of mobile users there said that radio was one of their top 3 favorite features in a cell phone. Still, it’s odd to think that this function will be more popular than texting, taking pictures and using Internet; it’s also odd to decide to force mobile phones manufacturers in US include radio in the device just because people from Ecuador don’t mind radio tuners on their mobiles. The industry insists it’s necessary from a public safety perspective, but it still doesn’t mean that people actually ask for a radio tuner in their devices. And at the same time Wharton says the critics oppose their suggestion due to anti-competitive behavior, while the industry is forcing the producers to include a feature the consumers didn’t ask for. Is it somehow fair?

September 1st, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-09-01 07:51:14)
RunsWithBulls avatarIt wouldnt be a top three feature on my phone but could be cool. Always did wonder why a tuner wasnt already built into to most smart phones. Go figure always about the $. Would love to see a graph as to how the 100mill would be dished out. Thanks as always SaM

posted by Blocked (2010-09-01 10:09:40)
menahunie avatarrunswithbulls - your full of bull.
Come on sheepeople; this is just another way of wording the "perfomance" Tax The RIAA has been pushing on us.
I don't need a freaking FM Tuner in my cell phone; I want music I get it from internet "radio" streaming stations...

posted by (2010-09-01 12:27:44)
Brynn217 avatarI would use it, more so than any MP3 Player... but thats just me! As for streaming the radio in commercial free... I do that as well, like my favoriate morning show is going start at 5:50am here, so I will stream it in until we get in the car (taking the kiddies to school)....I could care less if they play the comercials however, they just pad the time with stupid nonsense anyway, its not like you get more content during the commecial time...

posted by Blocked (2010-09-02 10:21:25)
mrblue00 avatardoes my fone have a tuner erm !!! no its a sodding brick that does the job i needed it to do (make phone calls) on a more intresting point just why of they making phones with turners within them forgive me but last i knew its ilegal to have any radio in the uk without a licence it comes as part of a telly licence is a biggger picture emerging are these trusy old companies now tellling us to act ilegal by owning a fm turner and not a licence get in there companies join us u know it makes sence

posted by Blocked (2010-09-02 10:25:03)
mrblue00 avatarim off peeps ive had many a ranting today :) time to shufty on into my bed with brew and my unlegal downloads and whistle raindrops keep falling on my head !!!! have a toot on ye olde peace pipe theres a good deal of skunk in there for you my seeding little siblings PEACE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

posted by (2010-09-02 18:25:15)
jezuitx avatarYou know I was going to try to tackle this by saying it's an unnecessary feature the market vetoed sometime ago, but screw it. This is 100% wrong for a government to tell a company they MUST put something into their product. I mean this is ridiculous. We're not even talking about a safety reason either.

Also, their whole argument about it being anti-competitive is just ridiculous. I can buy an MP3 player that has an FM tuner, I can buy a gazillion flavors of walkmans, or other portable FM player that litter the shelves of my local Walmart. Yet somehow if a cellphone doesn't have the ability to pickup FM transmissions then consumers are being deprives of the ability to get FM radio. Get real people...someone in the Legislative branch better grow a spine and kill this.

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2010-09-03 00:20:12)
fusseltier avatari would never buy a phone that has a radio in it. in europe, you have to pay a license fee to the government just to listen to broadcast radio too. my N70 headset had a radio receiver and i never once used it in over 4 years. its time we make a class action lawsuit about our hearing damage caused by these portable headsets.

posted by (2010-09-03 15:41:38)
No avatarWould it kill RIM to include a Radio on their "smartphones?" I have a BB but i spend time out of office and i would really like to hear the news during the day. I bought a Chinese phone with radio and TV to fill that gap.

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