Brian - your quote (extract follows) is not a rebuttal at all. It agrees with the statistic, but objects that it includes multi function devices.
So what. It is if anything worse to make a multi-function devide obsolete than a dedicated one. I USE many of the devices quoted. I want to carry on using them. Most of them will outlive me.
Your link also points out that DAB "reach" is NOT the 26% often quoted, but only 16%.
By all means let those who want DAB have it. But let those of us who do not, not bother.
HANDS OFF FM.
QUOTE FROM LINK
<< 8.5 million radio?EUR~s were bought last year in the UK but only 22% had a DAB tuner. Why don?EUR(TM)t listeners want DAB radio? Why are 78% of people who go and buy a new radio opting for just FM and AM coverage?
In fact, Ofcom calls them ?EUR~radio devices?EUR(TM), for a very good reason: they?EUR(TM)re not all primarily bought as radios. They?EUR(TM)re quoting GFK figures, who define these radio devices (fig 7) as portable radios, personal media players, car audio systems, home audio systems, clock radios, radio recorders, headphone stereos, tuners and receivers. It?EUR(TM)s difficult to argue that the primary purpose of an iPod Nano, which has an FM radio in it, is as a radio: or, for that matter, a car. Radio?EUR(TM)s ubiquity in new devices means that you see a lot of devices having radio inside. >>