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The clash: Is it still worth listening to music on the radio?

  • "I'm taking over the radio, and there's nothing you can do about it."
"I'm taking over the radio, and there's nothing you can…
January 05, 2012|RedEye

It’s the new year, and you want new music.

The question: Is it still worth listening to music on the radio?


Yes
So maybe you don't cruise around listening to Ryan Seacrest. That doesn't mean radio is irrelevant. Radio in all its 2012 forms (including Pandora and Sirius) is still introducing people to new artists. Without the college station that fed into my hometown, I never would have heard Smashing Pumpkins, and in a few years it'll do the same for some kid hearing the White Stripes. You can’t just rely on your own taste the time--it's boring. Let someone else do the picking and you might learn something. – Emily Van Zandt

No
If you want classic rock (97.9), classic-er rock (97.1), adult alternative with a dash of classic (93.1), classic pop hits (104.3) or the same five Katy Perry, Rihanna, LMFAO, Adele and Bruno Mars songs, then by all means tune in to terrestrial radio. Otherwise, listen to what you want when you want on Spotify, Pandora or Last.fm. Unless, of course, you're 65 years old. – Brian Moore

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