A lot of people thought that satellite radio would put traditional free radio out of business when it came out. However, the continued success of local radio stations proved that free radio was a superior and highly localized marketing tool. Despite free radio sticking around, Sirius and XM satellite radios continued to be successful until 2009, when smartphones such as RIM Blackberry and Apple iPhone provided applications that streamed local radio stations over the Internet. Thus Sirius and XM merged in light of the threat.
Trash your Satellite Radio Service
Although high quality and free radio are available on cell phones, many people are still unaware of how to transmit the cell phone app to their car stereos. Such a free services deem satellite radio obsolete. This is particularly useful to those who live in mountainous or remote areas where it can be difficult to receive a clear radio signal. Previously the only portable and practical alternative for radio were with XM and Sirius satellite radio.
How to Get Free and Clear Local Radio Stations
The process of getting free local signals is very simple and straightforward.
- First, with your Blackberry or iPhone, download the iHeartRadio application to your Internet-connected phone. The easiest way to do this is by using your phone’s web browser. However, you can also download the application with your computer and transfer the file to your phone.
- Once you get the application downloaded, set your “local stations” to the geographic location you want to listen to.
- Get a tape-to-stereo connector adapter, and plug the stereo side into your phone. Put the tape side in your car stereo tape player and press play.
- Now your smartphone is transmitting high-quality radio to your car stereo. So long as you have cell phone coverage, the radio will play the high-quality radio for free.
- If you don’t have a tape player in your vehicle, there are other options. If your stereo has a stereo input jack, you simply connect your phone with a stereo-stereo wire.
- Many aftermarket CD players have audio input jacks, in which case you will simply need a RCA-Stereo adapter.
Now Reclaim Your Free Radio!
What was once free has again become free. If you had a satellite radio because you travel a lot, you would find that using a cell phone application offers the same capabilities as satellite radio with many more extras. For instance, you can now listen to all of your MP3s on your cell phone while you are driving without having to burn them to a CD. While your phone is connected to your stereo, it can be used as a hands-free device, transmitting the signal through the speakers, so you don’t have to hold the phone while you’re driving. So it’s safe to say your satellite radio can go out the window.