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Will iPods kill the radio star?

When MTV unveiled the first music video titled “Video Killed the Radio Star” on August 1, 1981, people assumed that music videos would be the end of the radio.  They were wrong. People now say that the iPod will be the end of the radio. Could they be correct this time?

The first form of radio communication was conducted in Italy in the year 1895 when a man named Guglielmo Marconi sent and received the first radio signal. Over 100 years later on Oct. 23, 2001, the iPod was revealed to the general public. Since then,  Mp3 players, iPads, and iPod touches have come into play. These two forms of communication have been battling for human attention over the past decade.

The iPod and the radio both offer different forms of entertainment. The radio,for example, offers talk shows, broadcasted news, and live sports games. The iPod, however, gives interactive games to the buyer to play and .offers their own music and sometimes even internet access. 

Sophomore Cathy Neville prefers the radio, because, “The radio offers an element of surprise when a good song comes on.”

As of January 2011, there have been 304 million iPods sold worldwide. This number is growing rapidly as Apple releases new products all the time. Apple’s latest is the iPhone 4s, which offers everything from turn-by-turn navigational features to games you can download from the app store. Senior Kerry Morrow prefers her iPod, because, “I can put all my good songs on, so I don’t have to listen to the radio’s bad music.”

According to www.medialifemagazine.com , as many as 84.8% of Americans listen to the radio daily, compared to the 72% of Americans who own iPods.  That number, however, is quickly growing.

The radio and the iPod both offer different entertainment uses, but only one can come out as champion. Who will win the battle of the music?

About Alex Sharkey

Junior Alex Sharkey is a Journalism I student and a staff reporter. She plays volleyball for McNicholas and is involved in Ecology Club and Service Club. Alex also likes to play basketball and softball. In her free time she enjoys swimming and hanging out with her friends.

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