Tech Groups Opposed Obligatory Phone FM TunerAdded: Saturday, September 4th, 2010
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A number of tech associations argue that joint plans for the Recording Industry Association of America and National Association of Broadcasters to push Congress to require FM tuners installed in portable devices just favor a business but not the consumers, because they would make companies to abandon more consumer-friendly options.
Outrage keeps growing with more people learning of plans by the RIAA and the NAB to persuade Congress to demand all mobile devices to get an FM tuner installed. In its turn, radio would be required to pay $100 million in royalties to musicians and record labels.
This move made a coalition of 6 technology industry groups to send a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committees. In the letter the groups ask them to reject the suggestion to include an FM tuner in all devices with no exceptions, as it doesn’t favor the consumers but only settles the conflict between the radio and record labels over royalties. They argue that such demand is not about public safety, as it is supposed to be, but only about satisfying radio and recording industries at the expense of the third industry, having nothing to do with their royalty conflict.
The consumers will be harmed with this request, as it would make them pay for an option they might not want. Besides, the outfits asking to mandate FM tuner have no expertise in the development of mobile phones and therefore can’t dictate what to include there. The safety requirement may be fulfilled in other way – by developing a mobile broadcast emergency alerting system.
The letter from the groups was signed by the CEOs of the Information Technology Industry Council, the Wireless Association, the Rural Cellular Association, the Telecommunications Industry Association, TechAmerica, and the Consumer Electronics Association.
Meanwhile the CEO for NAB is opposing their plan, saying that the critics are trying to denigrate his pro-consumer feature while mobile phone users deserve access to radio’s service. The NAB and RIAA seem to never care about national interest and innovations of tech companies. In fact, they shouldn’t, being just for-profit outfits like many others. Of course, they are looking forward to the suggestion coming clean and being admitted as much, so that they could profit from it.
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Saturday, September 4th, 2010
|I for one do want a fm radio in a mobile phone, in fact i had to buy a chinese knok off to get a radio.|
I only listen to the non commerical stations / networks(pacifica NPR, colleges) so they are not do8ing it with me in mindI know.
they have the young folks listing to hip-hop, rock and other commerical music and the commericals hat come with commerical music in mind.
|MOST, if not 60-70% of phones in the UK are Nokia; It's HUGE there. I'm in the states where we have iPhone (sucks) as the "MAIN" phone, which really pisses me off since mostly everything I do is on my S60 or Android, and most devs don't show love to Nokia over here anymore. Hell, NO-ONE really shows love to Nokia over here anymore. And it's a MUCH superior product to iPhone or BlackBerry or even Android (which is saying a lot for android). I've only seen 6-7 phones from Nokia W/O a FM Tuner (unfortunately I happen to have one that AT&T RIPPED the FM Tuner out to replace it with XM Radio [Nokia 6650 Fold] Stupid corporate greed! Pisses me off to beyond extent) BUT, I DON'T see why most companies would CHARGE more for adding FM Tuners to their phone. It doesn't feature a separate antenna, it uses corded headphones as an antenna. Most SMARTPHONES SHOULD come with a FM Tuner already. You mean I can listen to a station halfway around the world in India, but I can't listen to the DJ down the street. (Yes, I know the difference between Internet Radio and Local Radio but still, common sense here) Most companies should add it in and NOT upcharge for it since most phones can do it with no problem. Just most comps are greedy and lazy. Hell, look at iPhone. Recently got copy-paste, and FaceTime is ONLY capable with other iPhone 4s. It could work with other video-call capable phones, it's just they LOCKED it to only work with other iPhone 4s. Hell, the NEW NOT-EVEN-RELEASED Windows Phone 7 has already been confirmed to NOT have copy-paste. Seriously, we're DOWNGRADING as a whole. Like CRT vs LCD. CRT is STILL the superior product when it comes to visual quality and color reproduction, but yet it's damn near discontinued AS A WHOLE. Sorry if I got off topic.. Just needed to rant a bit|
|posted by (2010-09-09 10:05:08)|
|Yup ur right most fones here in the uk come with fm tho its illegal to use radio without a lisence , not that these comapnies give a toss illegal suites them best when it doesnt harm thier profits .... gr8 rant NyhtShade!! seeed the need and slay the greed folks peace my seedin siblings :)~||
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