Report: Apple Working on Unlocking Radio Functionality in iPhone

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Apple is working on a radio application for the iPhone and iPod touch that would utilize unannounced radio capabilities in the devices, according to a report from 9to5Mac. Citing an unnamed source, the site said that Apple is working to tie in song-tagging to the Mobile iTunes Store for purchasing songs.

The capability could either be released as a standalone app that would be able to operate as a background process like the iPhone's iPod application, or it could be incorporated directly into the iPod application itself.

According to the report, iPhone and iPod touch has had an FM receiver built into it for at least a couple of generations - it's the same mechanism used by the Nike+ product line to transmit data from your shoes to the iPhone.

Many users and would-be users have long clamored for there to be a radio built into both the iPod and iPhone products lines for years. Apple finally broke that barrier with the release of the most recent iPhone nano, which incorporates a radio with song tagging and the ability to pause live radio.

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6 Comments Leave Your Own

wedding photographer bedford

I would love a radio on my iPhone.

jpc

Let’s hope that if they do, it has a mono setting.  The previous Apple FM tuner for the iPod had no mono setting, rendering it useless in San Francisco where reflections of the weaker stereo signal rendered it un-listenable.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Apple has a lot more to worry about. I love my iPhone (got it in August) but I was chuckling at the new Verizon commercial tonight. Especially the quip about open development.

Tiger

Gee, that will make my $12 radio remote device useless I guess? I’ve had radio on my iPhone 3G since the day I got it. I bought the device for my iPod 2 years ago. And it is stereo. So, I get that annoying “this device was not designed to work with the iPhone”. Big deal. It still works, as does every other iPod device I’ve bought.

Now if Apple wants to release something I really want, create a dual dock connector plug in so that I can plug my iPhone into the power cord from the outlet in my car and at the same time, have it plugged into the audio cable out that plays the music through my car. THAT would be a great device. The battery on the iPhone won’t even last a 4 hour road trip by car without being rejuiced.

gslusher

You mean something like this? iLounge has a buyer’s guide to iPod gear.

ry

create a dual dock connector plug in so that I can plug my iPhone into the power cord from the outlet in my car and at the same time, have it plugged into the audio cable out that plays the music through my car.

Kensington sells an accessory called LiquidAUX that absolutely does this:

http://us.kensington.com/html/14492.html

(You don’t *honestly* expect Apple to come up with ALL the good accessories right?)

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