Rumor that some cars may Dump AM/FM

TSS Taylor

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Will AM And FM Radio Really Be Eliminated On New Cars?

The rumor is that some auto manufacturers will begin phasing out AM/FM. A GM Spokesperson said that isn't the case.

I totally think this would be a horrible idea at this stage. It doesn't seem like there is any benefit to nixing it to the manufacturers. I can't see them saving more than $20-$30 on a car by doing so. Even though many people are listening to their iPod, or Internet Streamed service or Satellite Radio, there are WAY more people listening to AM/FM. Plus I'd imagine the Radio Lobbyists would pony up some money to the manufacturers just to prevent this. In fact perhaps this is just a whole scheme to make that happen.

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HecticArt

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Am/FM stinks, but it's waaaaay too easy for people to use. I can't see it going away very soon. I listen on the way to work in the morning for local news, traffic, and weather, but not much else.

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Jon

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I still listen to a local classic rock station that's pretty good. Plus NPR and sports talk. That's basically the only reason I listen to AM/FM anymore.


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Wolf

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It would be a nice blow off am/fm, but I don't see it being dump out of the cars.
 

Wolf

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On the other hand, all the stations i listen to are available on my phone, so there's that.
I have iHeart Radio on my phone, the only thing missing is Bluetooth in my car, I bet I can install it somehow without buying a factory radio.


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AZDude

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I dont see it happening. AM/FM is free to listen and believe me, people will complain if it does not come with newer cars.
 

Steel Cranium

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I don't agree with it - AM for local sports and news & traffic in cities too small for Sirius to report, FM for left side of the dial college stations.
 

HecticArt

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If this does happen sooner than later, I'm picturing this being like airline baggage fees. AM/FM would be an up-charge, not the base.
 

semipenguin

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Why don't SiriusXM radios have Bluetooth technology? :confused:

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semipenguin

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Isn't that a wifi radio? :confused:

SiriusXM should be making all their radios both Bluetooth & wifi capable :cool:

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HecticArt

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Isn't that a wifi radio? :confused:

SiriusXM should be making all their radios both Bluetooth & wifi capable :cool:

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It does have both. This is the first radio that they have released since Bluetooth was really part of the norm.

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IdRatherBeSkiing

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I like local traffic reports and stuff from my local AM station.

Occasionally I do listen to a local FM station for a few minutes.

Don't see why they would want to remove options from a car.