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Poll: iPod owners clamor for built-in FM

updated 12:55 pm EDT, Mon April 2, 2007

Poll Clamors for iPod FM

iPod owners are most likely to want an internal FM radio, according to a new survey by Jacobs Media. The study group says that 43 percent of all its iPod-owning respondents (and a third of all respondents) wanted the ability to tune broadcast music without requiring Apple's Radio Remote, even when given the choice of more conventional expansion -- including higher capacities and video playback in smaller models, the report says. Almost half (49 percent) used their iPods in their cars, however, suggesting that many were using the device as a replacement for car radio rather than as an add-on.

The survey, which covered an admittedly predisposed group of 25,000 subscribers to rock radio station listeners, also showed that many more listeners owned an iPod or another digital music player, stopping just short of the halfway mark at 47 percent of every radio listener covered in the study. Half of those that didn't own an iPod were also planning to buy one within the year.

Apple has largely refrained from listing its buyers' most heavily requested features, but said that gapless playback was the top requested update when the company introduced its latest iPods in September 2006.



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  1. lockhartt

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    why?

    What's left to listen to on FM radio? ...and what will be left in a couple of years?

  1. chabig

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    Amazing

    Radio listeners want radio receivers in their iPods!

  1. chabig

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    +1

    The survey question...

    Which of the following features would you most like to see in a next generation iPod:

    A. An FM radio receiver B. A tire pressure gauge C. A secret compartment D. A knife sharpener

  1. jhorvatic

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    Built -in FM? Why?

    Who the h*** came up with this FUD? The last thing I want on my iPod is a radio. Wasn't the sole purpose of the mp3 player was to listen to what you want when you want. And not have to put up with commercials, ten songs played over and over again. I just don't believe this is true.

  1. eldarkus

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    idiots...

    isnt the whole point of the iPod so you dont have to listen to WSHIT radio?? 10,000 songs in your pocket or the 30 they recycle over and over again on the radio...

    Now Sat radio would be a slightly different story, because of the wide array of content.. but FM radio? Get real....

  1. Guest

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    hmmm...

    A company that makes their living selling their services to radio stations releases a survey saying people want radio in their ipods... sounds fishy to me.

  1. jhorvatic

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    Wait a minute FM transmit

    Wait a minute, I miss understood the title of this story. Not FM radio to listen to but an FM transmitter to transmit the ipods music to a radio, most likely the car radio to listen to there iPods. Ok, this makes sense. But FM radio's don't as far as listening to FM radio.

  1. Hobeaux

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    lots of people want it

    Let's see: people may want to listen to sports, or news, or simply get a break from their own library to hear something new.

    Also, often gyms will have TV programming for people on a treadmill and have you tune in to a radio channel to hear it.

    Apple currenly has an FM tuner as a separate attachment but would be nice if it's built in. Of course, people will start clamoring for HD radio and Satellite radio soon...

  1. dynsight

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    more than music

    I actually bought the remote for:

    Sports, NPR, Other Talk Radio, NEWS, and yes the occasional let's see what is on the air.

    I would actually love to see sattelite radio on my ipod; except my wife has XM, and the station plays the same damn songs over and over again!

  1. ronboor

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    more than music 2

    Yes, I record events that broadcast on a FM station, so it is not just FM radio for music. Many places will broadcast on FM so that older hard of hearing people can plug into a portable device and listen with a volume control. Or record it.

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