It use to be (and pretty sure still the case) the headphone cord is the antenna.
That makes sense, however, I personally can't stand to listen to any pops or hiss. I can't imagine that swinging an antenna around wouldn't produce some audio artifacts. I suppose it all depends on how strong the signal is to start with. For the station that I like I need an expensive powered antenna connected to my home stereo. I can't get it satisfactorily with the radio in my car.
Is the quality any good?
Not as good as a CD, but way better than a low bit rate stream. (Everything is relative.)
On the commercial dial, there's virtually no classical, jazz, true free-form rock, true oldies, etc., because those demographics don't appeal to advertisers.
In Utah we have oldies, jazz, classical, etc stations. I am not weighing in on the argument for or against the FM chip, but there are still lots of radio stations out there besides Hip Hop or Top 40/Pop.
The one thing in favor of the FM broadcasts on the phone is in emergencies information can quickly be distributed by radio. Even if you don't listen day to day that much, in an emergency you could easily switch over.
Just not a factor. I'm sure if your at the edge of reception you might notice a problem, but hey, at the edge of cell reception you can't even get a stream, so . . .
This should be marked "EDITORIAL" since it offers AI opinion ("misguided campaign")
I listen to the radio all the time in my car. How else am I going to win stuff?
Ah, this brings back memories of the old days when the iPod was declared an EPIC FAIL because it didn’t have an FM tuner. Nobody in their right mind would buy an iPod because it lacked an FM tuner so the diatribe went. Even the cheapest no-name MP3 player had an FM tuner in it. What was Apple thinking they screamed!
Honestly, I've wished for some time that all iPhones, iPads and iPod touches had FM or AM/FM tuners. I love my own music library, but sometimes I'd like to be able to tune into whatever is on the radio at that moment. I don't have an unlimited plan for my iPhone, so I typically cannot listen to anything current/live until I'm on WiFi.
If you have T-Mobile, most of the Music streaming services don't count against your Data use!!! In fact I turn the higher quality sound to MAX and I stream everywhere.
I would really like it if my devices has working FM tuners. AM would be great too, but there are technical reasons why you can't cram an AM antenna into a small device.
I would not, however, support any act of government trying to force the situation on unwilling manufacturers, which seems to be where the broadcasters want to go.
I concur. I listen to broadcast radio all the time in my car, and at home (e.g. the clock-radio by my bed). If I want to listen to radio while out walking, however, I need to bring an additional device (e.g. an ancient Walkman), since none of the portable electronics I usually carry (an iPhone 6+, an LG smartphone, a 4th-gen iPod Touch) have radio tuners.
I would love to just run an app to stream my local stations (all the ones I like are on iHeart Radio) but I don't have an unlimited data plan, and I don't want to take a chance of going over my limit.
There are digital radio broadcasts (e.g. HD-Radio and Satellite Radio) as well. I'd love to be able to tune either of those on my phone as well.
Originally Posted by zoetmb The question is how many people do not listen to streaming radio mainly because they're afraid of using too much data and being charged for it? I bet it's very few.
The other issue is what would listening to FM broadcasts on my phone do to battery life?
I think there may be more people than you think. When I was forced to drop my unlimited data plan a few years ago, my app-streaming habits changed radically. I stopped streaming from iHeart Radio and Pandora and went back to listening to radio (both terrestrial and satellite) and to music sync'ed in from my computer.
As for battery life, it won't be as bad as keeping your cellular radio transceiver running all the time as a result of streaming.
It's been a long time since you use a portable radio, I see. Or maybe you're too young to have spent a lot of time walking around with an FM Walkman. Portable devices typically use the headphone wire as the antenna. Reception is usually just as good as you'll get from a car stereo - not perfect, but usually pretty good if you are in an area that generally has good reception. At least that's the way it was 20 years ago. There's no reason why it shouldn't be that good or better today.
I concur. That would be a great feature. There's no technical reason why not. At least there shouldn't be. I would hope that any such chip would digitize the received audio and run it through the same software mixer that the rest of the device's audio uses. Recording should be a simple matter of running the right app.
A DVR-like application (e.g. the ability to pause and rewind live audio, as well as timer-record programs) would be really great and shouldn't be too hard to implement.
Well, everybody has different tolerances for what they find acceptable. If you can't stand your car stereo's reception, then you probably wouldn't like anything from a portable device either. But there are plenty of other people who have different opinions.
For music, yes, I want CD-quality sound, and FM just doesn't cut it (although HD Radio does). For news/sports/talk stations, however, I can put up with quite a lot of interference before I decide I'd rather turn it off.
I like having FM available on my phone. Streaming is OK but it assumes you can get a mobile signal of WiFi, which, for all you city slickers, isn't always the case. Just last Friday, my internet went down. Turned out roadworks had cut a fiber trunk to the local exchange and the whole area was without phone service for a day. At such times, FM can come in handy.
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Funny, as many have pointed out, it seems no problem at all with the radio equipped iPods, even the Nanos.
And the Norwegians aren't really an ideal model for the argument against. After all, they still eat dried fish.
... and act all virtuous about how clean their energy is -- and drive the most Teslas per-capita -- when pretty much all of their wealth comes from selling dirty fossil fuel to the world.
The station can choose to use either an omni-directional antenna or a directional antenna. With directional you can direct all the wattage toward your audience as is the case in my small town in Panama. The antenna is high on the hill and points towards town. With omni you get less distance because power is distributed in all directions.
I was also under the impression that all RF is line of sight although it can to some degree be reflected off of planer surfaces and penetrate some materials which varies depending on power and frequency. At least that is the case with X-rays which I know a little bit about.