FM Radio – old tech is the best

Chris Goodacre


Like other smartphone users, I’ve loaded most of my CD’s and MP3’s onto my phone so I have a decent music collection with me whenever I need a music fix. I going to update my collection ready for a holiday, but I never did, as I got myself a Spotify 30 day account to stream whatever I fancied listening to. In the connected world we live Wi-Fi is everywhere, so you can watch video and TV on your phone. Without Wi-Fi you can still do this with a 4G* mobile service. So there I was on one of the smaller unspoilt Canary Islands, La Gomera, on holiday sitting outside our apartment, glass of wine, watching the sun go down, just on the edge of the hotel’s Wi-Fi zone, no phone signal – live no music. Try FM radio was the answer to no streaming service, that “old tech” thing that’s been around since the mid 1950’s, found lots of Spanish stations and some English too. Sometimes old tech is the best, no buffering and cutting out.

*footnote: 4G is evolving into LTE, this stands for Long Term Evolution, and isn’t as much a technology as the path followed by industry to achieve higher 4G speeds. Also using LTE will be Machine to Machine (M2M) technology, this is a broad label that can be used to describe any technology that enables networked devices to exchange information and perform actions without the manual assistance of humans.

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