Monday, October 8, 2007
Radio: Internet Radio or HD Radio. You choose!
The first video is a pitch from Ford for their new optional SYNC, which, among many other things, allows one to listen to any Internet Radio from anywhere in the world.
The second video comes from an actual HD Radio test drive demonstration in the Chicago market. The only thing lacking was a station playing Bruce Springsteen’s “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On).”
I searched in vain for a Ford pitch video on HD Radio but, wisely, they didn’t do one.
Which one would you rather have? SYNC or HD Radio?
What would you want your company to be allied with? SYNC or HD Radio?
Here’s the choice - supplementary channels of varied audio quality from the same radio chains that deliver today’s unimaginative terrestrial radio formats or worldwide radio of every imaginable format and style where the passion is in the performance?
(I know I’m stacking the deck and swaying your decision – but, please understand. I never have and never want to be associated or connected with any current HD Radio product from Ibiquity and the HD Radio alliance.)
Let’s say you’re one of the rarified few that actually found what you believe to be a half-decent HD Radio channel. Chances are you’ll find the same exact station streaming on line – and considering it’s a side channel – it’ll probably sound better on- line than on an HD Radio. And you won’t lose the signal when you’re driving by tall buildings or near hills and mountains.
Amazing, isn’t it. The HD Radio Alliance filled the unreservedly worthless job of running the joint with the unreservedly useless Sgt. Bilk-o, ex of Clear Channel where he was just as pathetic.
How can he knowingly subject the radio industry to further traumatic events?
Can’t wait for the blame game to begin. It didn’t happen because…..
I wonder how Sgt. Bilk-o sleeps at night knowing that while the iPod will go down in history as one of the most effective marketing campaigns since Windows – HD Radio’s will be forever enshrined as number one in the High Tech Hall of Shame.
And we used to be convinced that the failures of Circuit City’s DiVX DVDs, the CueCat, and the Eyetop Wearable DVD Player could never be topped?
Maybe the sanctimonious Sgt. Bilk-o can recycle the excuses for the failures of AM Stereo and FM Quad – except that even they were more successful in reaching consumers than his folly.
At this stage, Sgt. Bilk-o has to be wondering what, if anything, will mark his time on earth.
Maybe he’s asking himself who will mourn HD Radio’s passing.
And, most of all, who’ll apologize for the time and money spent, the years the radio industry bought into it, and the deceitfulness suffered because of Ibiquity and the HD Radio Alliance's misguidance.