Will Radio Become Obsolete Like Blockbuster Video?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 |

How can radio fail? It’s fascinating to ponder what tomorrow will bring. There’s no question that our current technological revolution is on hyperdrive, and it’s going to change the world in drastic ways. Some things we can predict and some not so easily.

The reasoning behind radio’s future demise isn’t hard to imagine. Spotted on Hypebot, the article compares the rise of tech giants like Amazon and Netflix and how they have left a number of bodies in their wake—think former brick and mortar businesses like Blockbuster Video and Toys R Us.

This quote from a college kid sums up the problem…

“Radio has become obsolete. I mean no disrespect. I have this argument a lot with my mom. She plays the radio and I tell her we have streaming now, there’s no need for radio. If we ran out of the Internet, I would use the radio. I listen to music on Apple Music and YouTube.”

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Ultra Music

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WMC is and has always been the lifeblood of the dance music scene. Never missed a year since ’96, I can’t imagine Amsterdam Dance Event or Ibiza Music Summit existing without the blueprint that WMC originated. Seeing this revived is absolutely essential to reunifying the North American scene surrounding electronic music and its fringes.

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Producer/DJ/Activist/Netflix Host