For all mobile music needs, a portable radio lets the user share his or her listening experience with others. Even with competing technology, such as CD players and the growing mp3 player market, radio has remained a dominant part of society. It is an inexpensive way for users to listen to the latest popular songs, receive news, or even tune in for chat shows.
Radio is available at home and in many cars, but there are also many models of portable radios that let users listen in their own particular style. Many top brands offer radio models in contemporary sleek styles and they also have vintage styles in stock that call back to older days of radio for both the nostalgic or fashionable consumer. The contemporary radio models have an LCD screen which displays a digital tuner and menu. More retro models maintain the traditional analogue tuner which slides up and down the frequencies with a classic dial.
Though radios may be classic they are not without their features and upgraded technology. Most portable radios have an input connection for headphones, so that listening can be done in a solitary manner. Models also have a sleep feature that sets a timer, when enabled, to turn off the device after a set amount of minutes. A DAB radio, or digital audio broadcasting radio, is slowly becoming the standard in many countries, replacing the older FM and AM frequencies. With digital radio, the sound quality raises and mobile listening becomes easier and less static is heard.