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  • Apple Bringing FM Radio to iPhone with Radio.app?


    Your iPod has FM. Why not your iPhone?

    9to5mac reports they've got a source who says this exact app is in the works for the iPhone. Supposedly we're all waiting on the integration of MobileMusicStore (iTunes.app) with this - basically, if you're listening to a station in the US that supports tagging, you'll be listening to a song, tap an info button or something to grab all the info on that song, and be able to click to purchase it straight from your iPhone/iPod Touch.

    The iPhone/iPod Touch have been able to receive FM for a while now - it's how they talk to the Nike+ line of products. Turning that on for device owners to listen to the radio would be great, and also a ton of additional revenue for Apple and artists. Or at least Apple and labels.

    Their source mentions iPod.app might even see some FM functionality before the release of Radio.app proper.


    9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Bringing FM Radio to iPhone with Radio.app? started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. dht115's Avatar
      dht115 -
      Is it required to have 3g or wifi?
    1. phoenixfire425's Avatar
      phoenixfire425 -
      so check this out.

      i guess that chipset has the ability to transmit and receive!
      so now we just need some amazing developer to put some coding together and make it work before apple wait another 2 years to let us have it!

    1. Boker's Avatar
      Boker -
      I feel this should of came stock with the iPhone.
    1. kmac1622's Avatar
      kmac1622 -
      This would be a pretty good app in my opp.
    1. factro_'s Avatar
      factro_ -
      yes ithink so..(^___^)..radio.app is iphone..would b great..!!
    1. nhoj_yelbom's Avatar
      nhoj_yelbom -
      Quote Originally Posted by phoenixfire425 View Post
      so check this out.

      i guess that chipset has the ability to transmit and receive!
      so now we just need some amazing developer to put some coding together and make it work before apple wait another 2 years to let us have it!

      this would be useful
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      Very cool and very possible
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Ok some people are getting confused so:
      1. NO WiFi or 3G will be needed
        (It connects via FM, iTouch and iPhone have FM Chip)
      2. Supported devices:
        • iPod 2,1
        • iPod 2,2
        • iPhone 1,2
        • iPhone 2,1
      3. Un-supported devices:
        • iPod 1,1
        • iPhone 1,1

    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by plcrules View Post
      the iphone3g and 3gs dont have an FM receiver if u did dont u think the ppl at i fix it would have noticed it they noticed the hidden bluetooth chip in the ipod touch and they werent even looking for it
      its probly gonna b a database at apple that takes all radio stations and sends them over 3g if att lets them

      or we have 2 wait for next gen iphone lol
      First of all, Bluetooth wasn't "hidden." It was unimplemented in the iTouch and only partially implemented in the iPhone (no A2DP/AVRCP). I've seen Bluetooth, FM receiver, and FM Transmitter listed in the spec sheets for the chips found inside the iTouch/iPhone in past tear-downs, so I'm sure that they already did and you just glossed over it. Basically, Broadcom and others make one chip that can be implemented differently into a broad range of products, so having it in the chip's feature list does not mean that there is the necessary software *OR HARDWARE* to support it (FM needs an antenna on the PCB, for example... MORE than just the chip alone).
    1. diis's Avatar
      diis -
      I deleted post. Nevermind...old thread, and didn't read second page.
    1. SuperVee3's Avatar
      SuperVee3 -
      blah i wouldnt use this app. radio music sucks. my workplace plays all sorts of radio music and each station loves to overplay their songs even the oldie stations.
    1. pesqair's Avatar
      pesqair -
      Quote Originally Posted by boker View Post
      i feel this should of came stock with the iphone.
      should have
    1. phor2zero's Avatar
      phor2zero -
      Quote Originally Posted by pesqair View Post
      should have
      should have come
    1. Ganjagreenboy's Avatar
      Ganjagreenboy -
      Apple Insider say the previous chipsets had potential FM functionality as well, but Apple's declined to switch it on.
    1. animex's Avatar
      animex -
      any 3rd party apps for listening fm radio?
    1. goodluck4287's Avatar
      goodluck4287 -
      Quote Originally Posted by phor2zero View Post
      should have come
      The worst ones are the ones that say "should of."
      "SHOULD HAVE" you morons. Not should of. Should've is short for should have.

      I understand that not everyone's primary language is English, and being bilingual is great, but the real problem people are LAZY, STUPID AMERICANS.