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Digital Audio Broadcast will soon replace Analog Signals
It didn't happen. Listening to the radio has never been so popular. According to the Ofcom website in the UK, "Almost 90% of the UK population are regularly tuning into the radio". Even more staggering is the fact that 46 million people in the UK listen to a radio station regularly each week and people spending an increasing amount of time listening to the radio. In fact, they are spending 11% more time a year listening to the radio.
Aside from the amount of time people are listening to a wireless broadcast each week, the way in which they are listening to radio is changing too. Listeners are listening to less broadcast on analog signals and more digital audio broadcasts through the internet and digital audio broadcast (DAB) shows. FM radio was a big change when it replaced the AM radio stations in the 1980s.
Digital audio stations in the form of DAB are due to replace analog signals in 2015 in the UK so that more radio stations can broadcast across the radio spectrum than is possible with the current FM radio frequencies. Digital audio will not only more radio stations, the quality is regarded to be better making it clearer to listen than radio stations broadcast on analog signals. In the UK, you can now only listen to certain BBC radio stations if you have a DAB digital audio radio.
However, to get a decent signal with DAB digital audio stations, you need a good quality radio with a good aerial on it. The digital audio signals are sometimes inferior to the analog signals which means you cannot listen to all the radio stations you would like to. For the time being, digital audio broadcast stations are less than reliable to listen to your favourite BBC radio shows.
Something more reliable for the listening to the radio at home than both analog signals and digital audio is through mobile devices such as an iPhone or Android phone. There plenty of free applications you can download which help you tune into BBC radio stations through your WiFi signal at home. However, due to their size, they don't produce as good a sound as a normal radio so they are only useful when you are out of the house at a Wifi hotspot.
A good alternative to a DAB digital radio and an FM radio is an internet radio. An internet radio is designed specifically to play digital audio radio stations which are broadcast through the internet. For example , all BBC radio programs are broadcast through the internet. If you have an internet radio you can play them without the worry that you don't have a good analog signal or a good DAB signal.
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