Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Radio App for iPhone?

So there's quite a few rumors that Apple is creating an in-house Radio Application for the iPhone.  I'm really hoping this is true.  However, I am more excited about a little side-note mentioned in 9-to-5's article: the ability to broadcast radio from the iPhone in the 3GS.

Currently, whenever I want to listen to music in my car, I always need to connect my iPod to a radio adapter plugged into my lighter jack and tune in through my car's FM radio (sadly I do not have an iPod adapter).  The big problem with this is if I need to use GPS.  My two options are:
      A) Use GPS and listen to the radio.
      B) Listen to my iPod and use the build-in GPS and endanger myself.

Obviously neither of these are ideal solutions, and the ability to broadcast an FM signal from the iPhone would definitely solve this problem.

Sadly, I do not have any belief that this will ever become a reality for the iPhone.  It's not that I think it's impossible, or too difficult, I just think it's beyond the scope of the iPhone.  I believe until Apple finds a more specific and more important use case for broadcasting an FM signal from your iPhone than to simply play your iPhone's music or talking on the car radio/stereo, they will not fully develop this feature.

Maybe Steve Jobs does have a trick up his sleeve that I can't think of ... but honestly, I sadly don't think radio broadcasting will be a feature on the iPhone.

A Radio Tuner on the other hand ... that will definitely become a reality.  Most of you probably don't remember, but back around the time of the iPod Color (I believe) Apple improved their wired remote and built a Radio Tuner and Screen into the remote.  Even back then Apple understood that the iPod did not replace the Radio (though now that Energy 92.7 has been shut down, I see no need for radio in the Bay Area).

Apple will surprise us soon with some tricks up its sleeve.

Also, if you want to read the original article, click here.

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