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  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,445 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 9:10 PM (in response to Woodman73)

    Woodman73 wrote:

     

    Business people can make wrong decisions too.

    They don't become the most valuable company in the world by making a lot of wrong decisions.

     

    And, polls are a violation of the TOU.

  • Woodman73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 9:13 PM (in response to Meg St._Clair)

    Just because they don't make a lot of mistakes doesn't mean they don't make them is all I was trying to say.

    RE: TOU.Thanks for pointing that out.

  • slippydrew Calculating status...
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    Sep 14, 2012 6:19 AM (in response to kossta)

    I agree that there is no financial, business or technical reason NOT to incorporate an FM Tuner into the iPhone 5.

     

    I was dissapointed to find that there is no FM Tuner in the new iPhone, when other devices on the market, such as the latest Samsung Galaxy S3, are able to provide this facility, thereby recognising it still as a global need. Why won't Apple compete in this area when they have the ability to do so?

     

    http://www.gadgetreview.com/2012/09/iphone-5-vs-samsung-galaxy-s-3.html

     

    What Apple may not realise too, here in the UK, is that radio is going to be around for a long time, and is used, not just for music, but for corporate events also, which are not available to stream using radio streaming on the web.

     

    It is clearly not good enough, and I may have to resort to leaving Apple to get a Samsung Galaxy instead.

  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (18,635 points)
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    Sep 14, 2012 6:48 AM (in response to slippydrew)

    Tell Apple... http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html

     

    Then buy an android.

  • slippydrew Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 14, 2012 6:58 AM (in response to paulcb)

    I will do that, thanks.

     

    An ability to record live radio for later playback would also be a neat feature.

     

    I hope very soon to see the announcement...

     

    "Apple FM Radio Tuner & Recorder - Coming Soon"

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,445 points)
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    Sep 14, 2012 8:21 AM (in response to slippydrew)

    slippydrew wrote:

     

    I hope very soon to see the announcement...

     

    "Apple FM Radio Tuner & Recorder - Coming Soon"

    Given that there probably won't be another iPhone announcement for another year, don't hold your breath.

  • Jeff_B_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 14, 2012 9:03 AM (in response to slippydrew)

    slippydrew wrote:

     

    I agree that there is no financial, business or technical reason NOT to incorporate an FM Tuner into the iPhone 5.

     

    I was dissapointed to find that there is no FM Tuner in the new iPhone, when other devices on the market, such as the latest Samsung Galaxy S3, are able to provide this facility, thereby recognising it still as a global need. Why won't Apple compete in this area when they have the ability to do so?

     

    http://www.gadgetreview.com/2012/09/iphone-5-vs-samsung-galaxy-s-3.html

     

    What Apple may not realise too, here in the UK, is that radio is going to be around for a long time, and is used, not just for music, but for corporate events also, which are not available to stream using radio streaming on the web.

     

    It is clearly not good enough, and I may have to resort to leaving Apple to get a Samsung Galaxy instead.

    I definately understand your point. But then again perhaps Apple made a business choice of making the FM Tuner an iPod Nano exclusive and therefore have a way to make people (such as iPhone owners) cash out more for specific features (read FM Tuner)... I also definately understand your point of view in regard of the latest Samsung Galaxy S3... I've seen it and I must admit it's really something and is actually partly why I'm disapointed by what Apple came up with the iPhone 5. I'm far from being a Apple fanatic. I find it plain worrying when people pretty much worship corporations. Really what is holding me down a bit is that I got caught in the third parties gadgets from the iPhone eco-system (iPhone 30pin car modules, sound system iPhone dock connector, car holder, TV composite cable, multiple water proof casings...). There's simply so much stuff for it!

    With the iPhone 5 loosing a video link by going from 30 to 8 pins connector we may see some phasing happening.

     

    But getting back on the subject... It's disapointing to see Samsung latest model getting the radio while the iPhone doesn't. After having spent a little more than 800$ solely on the iPhone (not including accessories) I really don't see myself going out and spend 200$ on a Nano solely to get FM especially considering that FM doesn't cost much if you look at basic portable FM tuners.

  • Brent M. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 1:29 PM (in response to carlisthename)

    I was quite disappointed to find this thread. I was about to listen to FM radio through my iPhone 5, assuming it would use the headphone cable like my Nano... but when I couldn't find the icon for it on my phone, I started searching and ended up here. What a bummer! I had the functionality on my Android, and although I didn't use it much, it was nice to have. If the power goes out and I don't have batteries for a radio, or if I have to wipe my phone and haven't resynced music yet, or if I need to listen for something and don't have another FM source nearby, etc. I'm definitely not going back to Android just for this feature -- as of now, I don't foresee ever buying another Android device now that I've used an iPhone. All the things I hated about Android are not an issue with my iPhone -- and the downfalls of the iPhone, such as this, will just have to be taken with a grain of salt. No device is perfect!

  • nomijaxon Calculating status...
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    Dec 4, 2012 10:57 PM (in response to carlisthename)

    I agree with Carlos, I just want to listen to the radio and news at work without using the internet etc and with buffering problems I sometimes get with tunein and other radio applications....why does it exist in the samsung and it seems like such a small request....

  • StukSteen Calculating status...
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    Dec 8, 2012 9:07 AM (in response to modular747)

    modular747 wrote:

    As already stated, the headset cable is needed to act as the FM antenna.  This isn't an issue with the Nano which has no Bluetooth, but would defeat using Bluetooth headsets when using fm in the iPhone..  Adding one feature that defeats another is poor design, particularly when it doesn't work well...

     

    So plug in wire...

    Apple even deliveres them wíth the iPhone.

    I think the question is still not unreasonable and it requires an answer from Apple. I don't like it that Apple forces us to use our internetconnection with an iPhone to listen to music that I can get from the air with a 5 euro-thingy.

     

    Cheers, Peter

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,675 points)
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    Dec 8, 2012 9:27 AM (in response to StukSteen)

    Anyone who actuall uses FM enabled cell phones knows what crappy reception you get. 

    I don't like it that Apple forces us to use our internetconnection with an iPhone to listen to music that I can get from the air with a 5 euro-thingy.
    That statement makes absolutely no sense at all.  No one forces you to do anything.  If you want to listen to a radio. buy one.  No one put a gun to your head and "forced" you to get an iPhone.

  • StukSteen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 8, 2012 11:11 AM (in response to modular747)

    In what kind of backpocket of the world are you living? Reception for FM-radio is perfect here.

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,675 points)
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    Dec 8, 2012 11:45 AM (in response to StukSteen)

    No, FM reception on devices like these is crap.  You only get  a handful of clear stations that need to be within 5 miles of the transmitter antenna.  If you're in a real city, they are distorted by multipath reflections from buildings.

     

    The fact is that Apple rejected FM reception for iPhones long ago.  They've had ample opportunity to add it over the last 5 years and have declined to do so.  Forget about it.  If it's that important to you, why did you buy an iPhone when other phones have what you want?

  • slippydrew Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 8, 2012 12:09 PM (in response to modular747)

    For those anticipating news of an official Apple radio app for iOS, you might want to read this article I found.

     

    http://bit.ly/SVBFam

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