People Still Prefer The Trusty AM/FM Radio in The Car
Pundits and industry observers have been prematurely predicting the death of radio for decades now. Yet, somehow, the good ole fashioned, trusty AM/FM radio receiver remains the most popular, and preferred, entertainment option for people in their cars.
According to a new survey from the global research company Ipsos, in spite of portable music players, online music streaming services, satellite radio and other content providers, 84% of adults still listen to local radio when they're driving.
In fact, more people still use the radio than all of the available subscription services combined. 22% of those surveyed listen to satellite radio, followed by Pandora and Spotify with 18% and 7%, respectively.
What's more, people seem to like it that way. 99% of the people surveyed say they are "comfortable" with their traditional radio dashboard set-ups. And an overwhelming 91% of respondents said they would rather use their built in car radios than listen to their favorite stations on a mobile app.
This research certainly doesn't mean that the number of in-car entertainment options will decrease. However, as Ipsos VP of Media Thomas Spinelli stated, "The in-car AM/FM radio is still a universally known audio platform -- and its ease of use, convenience, features and familiarity continue to make it a top consumer choice for in-car audio. This study shows that the consumer isn't replacing existing services and products with new ones; instead, they want them all -- making the car even more music-enabled with a number of choices at any given time."
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