DSG to stop selling analogue radios

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They were one of the first UK retailers to stop selling video recorders, and now DSG (who own Currys and Dixons, amongst others) have announced that they will no longer sell analogue radios at Dixons online.

Dixons have said that sales of digital radios outnumber analogue by 30 to 1. I’m not sure if this is just for standalone radios, as I would think a number of hi-fi combos would still contain an analogue radio. Though this is just an online move at present, it probably won’t be long before Currys.digital stores stop selling them as well.

PC Advisor suggests that Dixons may even go further and give the CD player the chop due to the rising popularity of iPods and other digital music players. I’m not sure this makes total sense – after all, people may still want to play the original CDs away from their computers (which they’ll need to use to rip them, anyway). Maybe they think that everyone has a CD player now and won’t want a new one.

The speed of obsolescence does seem to be increasing, though (thank goodness) Dixons isn’t the be-all-and-end-all of consumer shopping.

What do you think? Is it time analogue radio faded away, or is DAB still too new?

Andy Merrett
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  • I only listen to one radio station, so I can see myself shelling out the money for a digital radio when the cheap radio I got last year dies. I’ll probably just listen online instead.

  • I can’t receive digital radio in my part of Wales. Also I like to listen to short wave radio to help with languages which you just can’t do on DAB. I believe there are still many useful years of analogue radio listening available to us.

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