What does the future hold for radio?

Rain has an interesting 2-part article on the potential future of radio by radio consultant Guy Zapoleon. Part 1 can be found here. Part 2 is here. Rain also discusses the proposed digital audio flag that is currently being discussed and is supported by the RIAA. Another excellent article on this whole issue is Mindjack’s Will Digital Radio be Napsterized? which goes into some depth about the effects that this proposed digital flag may have on terrestrial broadcasters. To me it certainly seems that Internet radio has great potential as long as the bandwith issue is solved since currently the more popular a radio stream is, the more expensive it is for a station to maintain that stream. If there is no way to subsidize the broadcast (either by advertising, subscriptions or the like) then a popular station will have a very hard time maintaining their Internet presence. That and the fact that the majority of people in North America still use dial-up to access the Internet means that Internet radio still has a ways to go. But it is the wave of the future, make no doubt about that.