RUMOR: Apple soon to enable FM radio in iPhone and iPod touch

“We’ve just received a tip that an iPhone radio.app is being developed in-house by Apple for use on the iPhone and iPod touch. From what we know, the app will be allowed to operate in the background like iPod.app and will offer the same functionality as the FM radio in the new iPod nanos,” Seth Weintraub reports for 9 to 5 Mac.

“The source mentioned that this application could also be incorporated into the iPod.app before release,” Weintraub reports. “Though it wasn’t specified, the app will likely have the same Live Pause functionality that the Nanos currently enjoy.”

Weintraub reports, “Apple’s iPods and iPhones have been able to receive FM radio signals for some time now [and] this wouldn’t be the first time Apple awoke sleeping hardware functionality from its mobile products… For instance, Apple didn’t enable Bluetooth in its 2nd generation iPod touch until 9 months after it was released.”

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54 Comments

  1. @Jim – TIV

    Ya, I know what you mean about Cutler. He would really get pissed off at times and it would take him out of his game. Rivers sure liked to give him hell.

    But man, when McDaniels came in here and traded Cutler away I thought it was one of the worst decisions ever. Traded for who again? Orton? The guy who couldn’t beat out Griese? You’ve gotta be kidding me. And then, it looked like Brandon Marshall was headed out of town and I thought we were in for a real long season. Especially with 8 new players on defense.

    Well – it looks like McDaniels and Mike Nolan know how to select talent. Amazing transformation from last year. I predicted a 4 – 12 record – for them to start off 5 – 0 is pretty unexpected.

    Sproles has always been a nightmare for the Broncos. But it looks like rushing yards are down. Must be the O line.

    Have a good time at the game. But not too good. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Holy underground radio Batman! That would be cool.

    @ron. Uh, NPR listeners, who a politically across the spectrum, pay via subscription to support their radio stations and give it away to everyone else (thus a fraction of indirect govt. support). Commercial radio (Rush, et al) sell time to advertisers who make everyone pay at the cash register. The hidden support goes both ways, one approved by congress and the other controlled by the invisible hand of the marketplace.

  3. It’s great to see Charger and Bronco fans here talkin’ football. As a Charger fan since ’78, I’m with Jim, but the Broncos have started way beyond what anyone expected. Congrats, but the Chargers will start their annual comeback with a win this Sunday. (I hope).

    As for the radio: I’ve found that with my audio library, podcasts, and audiobooks, there isn’t much need for an FM radio. If I’m listening to radio, it is talk programs on AM. There are tons of Sports, politics, news, computer and other topical shows on AM in Los Angeles. But I’ve noticed around the country that the AM band is pretty barren in many parts of the country. I guess that is why so many want FM. This is not a app I will make use of in my town, but will be very attractive to others I’m sure.

  4. Maybe this is a nod to ATT. I know I’ve listened to local radio on iPhone using cell data towers. Presumably, others do too. Therefore, if apple can get these people off data and on FM, ATT wins! And so does everybody who wants better 3G service!

  5. I’m sure I’m not the only one who doubts this is true., although it would be cool. The thing is, several sites have already done dissections of the iPhone and iPod touch, and I can’t recall a single one that ever found evidence of an FM receiver.

  6. “Commercial radio (Rush, et al) sell time to advertisers who make everyone pay at the cash register.”

    Gag me with a frickin’ spoon. You mean I support ron’s favorite racist, paranoid blathering sh#tforbrains every time I go shopping?

    This is the greatest analysis of for-profit media I have heard in a long time. I’ve know for a long time I would almost always rather pay my share of a media product’s cost than have my eyeballs be sold, but for most media, the eyeball tax advertising system gives me no choice. It’s one thing I love about community radio (not so much NPR which basically does sell advertising, usually to nice “liberal” corporations like Monsanto and the health insurers… but I digress): it does give me the choice to pay for my music and not be annoyed by lame pitches for lame crap I don’t want every two minutes.

    So I’m psyched as hell for radio on my iPhone… NPR for the reality-based news reporting, but also the real live indie music DJ’s on college and community stations, who neither Apple nor anyone else has yet figured out how to beat for new music discovery.

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