There may be an FM radio in your next cell phone whether you want it or not. The National Association of Broadcasters is lobbying Congress to stipulate that FM radio technology be included in future cell phones.
Behold! The cellphone of tomorrow!
In exchange, the NAB has agreed that member stations would pay about $100 million in so-called performance fees to music labels and artists. Radio stations would be required to pay performance royalties on a tiered schedule with larger commercial stations paying more than smaller and non-profit stations.
The agreement is part of a compromise between the NAB and the Recording Industry Association of America, which will take the deal to legislators mulling changes to the laws that govern the music and radio industries.Does anyone listen to the radio any more when they aren't in their cars? And as soon as USB ports come standard in cars I'm taking my mp3 player with me wherever I go. If this catches on, expect other failing technologies to latch on to this idea. Cell phones can evolve into the Swiss Army knife of failed tech.