The other day, I was thinking about the experience of using radio. Regular old over-the-air radio. My main radio has very few controls: on/off, volume, band selector (AM/FM), and a nice big tuning knob. As far as user interface goes, it's dead simple. When I turn it on, I get immediate feedback (sound). When a station isn't tuned properly, I get immediate feedback (static), and I know how to correct it (adjust the tuning knob).
And it got me thinking.
As much as I love the portability, choice, and convenience of streaming audio, satellite radio and podcasts, I wonder if these new-fangled ways of listening will ever match the UX of regular old over-the-air receivers. Will iTunes or Sirius/XM or Last.FM ever be as simple to use as my radio?
All this to say, I've been wondering about the future of radio. Specifically, how the experience of listening to radio may change in the coming years.
James Cridland is a radio futurist. He blogs about "what happens when radio and new platforms collide." Next week, Nora will talk to him, and we'd love to include some of your questions and comments in their interview. Do you have a question for James? A prediction about the future of radio? Leave it in the comments, or dial it in to 1-877-347-7275 (toll-free in Canada).
[hat tip to @chagota]