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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. khaoticsquirrel's Avatar
      khaoticsquirrel -
      They should of had this from the start!

      First =)
    1. BlackWolf's Avatar
      BlackWolf -
      old news, I saw evidence of a radio app in the LocalizedApplicationNames.strings some weeks ago ... but I thought it was just something they tested ... if an actual app would be released, that would be cool
    1. danielbonnells's Avatar
      danielbonnells -
      Wait so does the iphone have a radio?
    1. Burner911's Avatar
      Burner911 -
      Does the iPhone 3G accept FM signals?
    1. Texasbob's Avatar
      Texasbob -
      Do the iPhone and iPhone3G have this technology built in or is it only the most recent line of hardware?
    1. BlackWolf's Avatar
      BlackWolf -
      Quote Originally Posted by Texasbob View Post
      Do the iPhone and iPhone3G have this technology built in or is it only the most recent line of hardware?
      afaik, all iphones have an fm receiver built in. but I would bet my *** that, if this app every comes the iphone, it either will only be available for the 3GS or maybe even for the new (4G?) iphone only
    1. soto806's Avatar
      soto806 -
      finally a FM radio! i never listen to the radio because i'm always on my iPod, hopefully this will bring them together.
    1. DarkDragonAn's Avatar
      DarkDragonAn -
      Ok! Radio.app/Flash Camera and frontal Camera let's see how long it take then for these to come out.
    1. Bill69's Avatar
      Bill69 -
      the important part would be if the iphone could transmit radio because then you could walk in your car and turn on the radio and hear you iphone
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bill69 View Post
      the important part would be if the iphone could transmit radio because then you could walk in your car and turn on the radio and hear you iphone
      Won't happen, I guarantee the iPhone chipset does not have an FM Transmitter in it. I'm surprised it even has an FM receiver.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Sounds promising...iHeartRadio does the job for now...
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      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
    1. gcastro723's Avatar
      gcastro723 -
      i really dont think this would happen on the 2g & 3g due to hardware limitations.... never know though maybe Apple wants this for ALL iPhones
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      What's really been a pain for some of these radio apps is the inability to listen local sport teams play . I wonder if they will find a way to block it on thos app as well?
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's cool. But who is listen to radio anymore?
    1. psychodave's Avatar
      psychodave -
      Is there anything this phone can't do with a simple app/firmware update?
    1. mphilip876's Avatar
      mphilip876 -
      Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post


      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
      Its really great news.. You know i used to keep iphone and ipod both in my pocket because i am fond of FM.But from now I dont need to have ipod and iphone with me all the time..one thing will do both for me.
      Thanks for the information..
      iphone Skin
    1. Spenny's Avatar
      Spenny -
      This should have been there originally, not the stocks crap
    1. TC316's Avatar
      TC316 -
      I've had other mp3 players that have had an FM transmitter. I used it for about 2 minutes and then forgot about it.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      It's about time. Hopefully this happens. As much as I love Apple, it's ridiculous how much they brain wash us into absolutely loving it when they give us features that have been in phones for YEARS.

      Anyway, WunderRadio works great for now. True FM radio would rock though...