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  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,795 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 7:58 AM (in response to Matthew Morgan)

    And to add to their article, I think if Apple's attempt to get FM radio stations to support song tagging, a feature of the iPod Nano, then we would already have FM radio on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and the new line of Macs as this would have lead to more purchases through the iTunes Store. But is was another Apple failed bit to change the world paradigm, like the first iPhone, etc. so it has pretty well been abandoned. And alas, I agree with modular747, I don't think we will ever see it.

     

    And the toaster bit? Worst analogy I have ever seen on ASC. People argued the same thing about smartphones before they emerged. Want to surf the internet or run programs? Get a laptop.

  • Woodman73 Calculating status...
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    Sep 11, 2012 5:39 PM (in response to carlisthename)

    I disagree with those that make statements like "fm is circling the drain" (eg modular747).

    Not sure how the facts would support such a statement but I welcome anyone to supply them.

    From my experience. I was led to this discussion because I was wanting to have FM on the Iphone. Reasons: 1:I don't want to use bandwidth on my internet data plans when FM is provided free. It would also slow down other things I would like to use my bandwidth for when I'm also listening to the radio. 2: Sometime radio reception is better than mobile reception in my area.

     

    IMHO. I would like to see the Iphone with an FM capability.

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,795 points)
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    Sep 11, 2012 6:07 PM (in response to Woodman73)

    We'll see if you will get your wish tomorrow.

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,675 points)
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    Sep 11, 2012 6:23 PM (in response to Woodman73)

    You might want to read the whole thread you just posted in.  This isn't only a matter of the long term outlook for analogue FM radio.  There are several technical and business model issues that make FM radio a poor match for the iPhone.  If Apple had any intention to include it, you would have it already (not that you would enjoy much of the result).

     

    You could start holding your breath now, but I suggest making sure that someone who knows CPR is nearby...

  • Mike Domingue Calculating status...
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    Sep 12, 2012 1:28 PM (in response to carlisthename)

    I personnally would love FM on the Iphone, even if it is a little crappy.  My reasons include a couple listed earlier.

     

    1:I don't want to use bandwidth on my internet data plans when FM is provided free. (I have an unlimitted plan that I am grandfathered into but once you hit a certain benchmark your speed is choked down)

    2: Sometime radio reception is better than mobile reception in my area. (That is slowly changing)

    3. I don't want to have a seperate radio, just like I don't want to cary a seperate digital camera, cell phone, ipod and GPS if I can help it.

    4. One of the main things I want it for is to listen to NFL broadcast that a prohibitted from being broadcast via the web, so I can't get that via internet coverage of my local station (at least not last season)

     

    I'm not holding my breath, though.  I figure if they were going to do it, it would have happened by now.  Also, you never know who might jump in an give you CPR :-)

  • Jeff_B_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 1:57 PM (in response to carlisthename)

    I have bitten the bullet and purchased a "Griffin Navigate" to allow me to do what Apple doesn't want me to do... Listen to FM broadcast!

    It sickening me to see that I had to resort to such accessory to listen to FM radio! But hey at least it works and the sound coming out from this thing is actually quite decent. This is a discontinued item I believe but it still works for me on my iPhone 4 with iOS 5.11.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,445 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 3:01 PM (in response to Jeff_B_)

    Jeff_B_ wrote:

     

    It sickening me to see that I had to resort to such accessory to listen to FM radio!

    Just a little over dramatic.

  • Jeff_B_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 7:18 PM (in response to Meg St._Clair)

    Meg St._Clair wrote:

     

    Jeff_B_ wrote:

     

    It sickening me to see that I had to resort to such accessory to listen to FM radio!

    Just a little over dramatic.

    Ok maybe not over dramatic but freakin' annoyed. I originally ditched my previous mobile + mp3 player/fm radio + gym chronometer + garmin gps. Now I must buy a new accessory to enjoy what other people take for granted on other smartphone... yup I'm pretty annoyed. :-)

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,795 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 7:19 PM (in response to Jeff_B_)

    But then again if Apple added that capability but upped the price of the device I would be just sickened and Meg would call me overdramatic.

  • Jeff_B_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 8:51 PM (in response to carlisthename)

    You know what's funny? Some people around here think that FM radio doesn't make sense business wise or whatever the reason they come forward with BUUUUUT from Apple's point of view it's good enough to have a FM tuner with live pause feature in iPod nano............

     

    Apple? I want my FM tuner on my iPhone!!

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,445 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 8:52 PM (in response to Jeff_B_)

    Everything Apple does is a business decision. And, apparently, what they're doing does make good business sense, even if you disagree with it.

  • Jeff_B_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 8:58 PM (in response to Meg St._Clair)

    Meg St._Clair wrote:

     

    Everything Apple does is a business decision. And, apparently, what they're doing does make good business sense, even if you disagree with it.

    Then I guess you agree FM absence in iPhone has most likely nothing to do with sound quality.

     

    Apple? Bring the FM tuner to iPhone !

  • Keiichi_K Level 2 Level 2 (380 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 9:01 PM (in response to Jeff_B_)

    With wifi and cellular data who needs FM?

    Try;

    pandora last.fm sound hound for starters

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,445 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 9:02 PM (in response to Jeff_B_)

    Jeff_B_ wrote:

     

    Meg St._Clair wrote:

     

    Everything Apple does is a business decision. And, apparently, what they're doing does make good business sense, even if you disagree with it.

    Then I guess you agree FM absence in iPhone has most likely nothing to do with sound quality.

    I suspect it has to do with room in the phone. But, then, I really don't care. Haven' t listened to FM radio in years.

  • Woodman73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 9:06 PM (in response to Meg St._Clair)

    Business people can make wrong decisions too. I wish there were a way to take a poll on this site....

     

    Meg St._Clair wrote:

     

    Everything Apple does is a business decision. And, apparently, what they're doing does make good business sense, even if you disagree with it.

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