At Next Month’s Consumer Electronics Show, Autos Will Be in Full Force

One year, I have to go to CES in Las Vegas.  Yes, the biggest porn convention in the whole world takes place at exactly the same time next door, but that’s not what I mean.  Not really, anyway.

I’ve been harping and harping and harping on how radio is about to lose its place of pre-eminence in the car. It’s the last place on the planet where radio has a captive audience.  Remove radio from commuters’ top-of-mind and it’s in big, big trouble–especially in large cities where the commute sucks.

It looks like CES 2012 is going to be the place where some very cool audio infotainment systems are going to be unveiled.  Take a look at this new offering from Cadillac.  Where does radio fit in with all this cool gadgetry?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “At Next Month’s Consumer Electronics Show, Autos Will Be in Full Force

  • December 16, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    There will always be a market who enjoy listening to content with a local flavor, and there will always be a place for local news, sports, traffic & weather. There will also always be a group of people who like that over-the-air radio is free to listen to, rather than pay for content via internet access, satellite fees, spotify subscriptions, etc.

    I think it's inevitable that the radio business will become smaller as it competes with online services, but I can't see it going away for a long time.


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