UK allows use of low-power iPod FM transmitters

“The U.K. has decided to allow the use of low-power FM transmitters used to stream tunes from a portable music player to a car stereo,” Jeremy Kirk reports for IDG News Service.

“The amendment being made under the Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1949 will fix a quirky loophole that makes it legal for U.K. retailers to sell certain types of FM transmitter, such as the iTrip, but technically illegal for most people to use them,” Kirk reports.

Kirk reports, “The U.K. Office of Communications (Ofcom) said it was acting on consumer feedback. The change will take effect Dec. 8.”

More info in the full article here.


  1. Living there and being in the broadcast community, I’ve never heard of it being enforced. As with most laws pertaining to transmission they’re there for people to build standards and guidelines around and when applying for licences. When your legitimate trasmission gets interfered with, then you know you have the law behind you when finding the source of the interference. There is minimal, spot enforcement of such things.

  2. Actually, it is an iPod issue.

    Many people use the Griffin iTrip or Monster transmitters in their cars so they can play their iPods through their radio. They work quite well, and I really like my Monster unit.

    Now people in Britain can have fun with their Monster units.

  3. I’ve had an iTrip for a while. I bought it from a store in Liverpool, who made me sign a disclaimer that I wasn’t going to use it in the UK (wink wink).

    I’ve seen them for sale in places such as PC World, this ‘law’ has been ignored for quite some time in the UK. Still, glad to see I don’t run the risk of being sent to Guantanamo if I’m caught using my little iTrip.


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