I was watching TV the other day, flipping channels and couldn’t find anything to hold my attention for more than a few seconds. So I flip off the TV and grab the Kindle and start reading whatever forgettable book I’m in the middle of.
That lasts about 15 minutes.
Next I turn on the radio and flip around for a bit. I’m quickly bored by the usual inane banter from the faceless voices at comes through the speakers. I flip over to SiriusXM and flip around there for a bit. Then I grab the ol’ iPod and flip through my library, then over to various Podcasts then check out Slacker, and Pandora and Rdio.
After about 20 minutes spent on audio entertainment, a thought hit me.
This is what it was like when we first got cable TV back in the early 80s.
I vividly remember the ‘wow’ of getting cable. Flipping through a hundred some channels of new video goodness and thinking it won’t get any better than this. (Editor Note: Yes, it will.)
And there I was experiencing that same type of ‘wow’ as I flipped through all the choices I had to fill my ears.
Sure, there were the usual AM/FM suspects. A few even broadcast in “HD” so..um… that was option. But the real thrill was when I turned on my iPod. And really, for the first time, I noticed the array of audio entertainment and apps I had at my Wi-Fi fingertips: SiriusXM, Podcasts, radio stations streaming their content and other online music services like Pandora, Slacker, Rdio are all right there in my hand.
With this new insight, I settled in for a bit and just flipped around to hear what’s out there. And there is a LOT. Way too much to cover right here. But one thing is clear. More choice is more gooder.
But I am curious to see how this all plays out in the years ahead. Much like cable and how cable channels have become niche, I’m wondering when there becomes a standard for audio. I’m really looking forward to the day when I’ll complain there’s a trillion different audio programs to listen to and nothing good’s on.