Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Aug 2010 22:28 UTC
Multimedia, AV You know, I really like America and its citizens. Beautiful country, lovely people, nothing but good experiences on my end. However, like everyone else, the US has its problems, and one particular annoying one is the power of lobby and interests groups. I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that the RIAA and NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) are asking Congress to mandate FM chips in all portable devices - cell phones, mp3 players, PDAs, everything. Wait, what?
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Positives
by gloucestershrubhill on Thu 19th Aug 2010 23:20 UTC
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2010-08-10

I live in rural England and - frankly - I always choose a mobile device *with* an FM receiver. An iPhone or even a Nexus One are useless to me since streaming over our painfully slow local EDGE network simply won't work. We also have an incredibly good national spoken word service in BBC Radio 4, and I'm loathe to be without it in the background when I'm out and about.

There's this automatic snobbery about "legacy" technologies like FM radio in the tech world, but for the moment this supposedly obsolete format offers me and others like me the only viable way of consuming live audio on the go. Sure, I could move to a 3G area, but should I have to? FM chips are a real boon, and the main reason I've stuck with my trusty Nokia e71.

Edited 2010-08-19 23:21 UTC

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RE: Positives
by Elv13 on Fri 20th Aug 2010 03:10 in reply to "Positives"
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

Many of those headset, iPhone included are probably capable of playing FM. Some said that the Nike chip for Apple+Nike stuff is able to play FM station, but there is not software/driver for it. I don't know if it is true, but it may be like bluetooth, just a software update away. Apple have FM on the Nano with some software to buy song from iTunes if you love it (the next time you connect the device). I really don't understand why the iPhone does not have this feature.

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