FM Radio App for iphone 4

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by anng12, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. anng12 macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2009
    Do any devs here think they can make a FM radio app for the iPhone 4?
    and put iAds in it so it can be FREE for us regular consumers?
  2. shotts56 macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2008
    I agree, I want an FM app too. When you're at the football for example and you want to listen to what's going on in other games ... well, in big crowds you have no chance of 3G reception never mind wifi. An FM radio app would solve that. It seems silly that I carry a £600 state of the art iPhone 4, but also have to bring a wee cheap radio as well because my phone can't do that simple functionality.

    I would gladly pay for such an app.
  3. spblat macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2010
    The jailbreak community hasn't produced an FM radio for iPod Touch, which also technically has FM capability in that Broadcom chip. Just because the chip can do it doesn't mean the rest of the hardware can handle it. there has to be an antenna accessible to the FM portion of the chip, there has to be firmware support for telling the chip to switch on its FM radio, there has to be a way for the audio signal produced by the chip to be routed through the audio processor, there has to be a way to signal the chip to tune specific frequencies...I bet none of that is possible through software alone, even in a jailbreak context.
  4. sinshackj macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2010
    Although there's an FM radio deep within the silicon of the iPhone 4, there's a possibility there's no antenna running to it or that it's even functional, atop the fact that iOS doesn't have the functionality needed to interface with it.

    A lot of radio stations now stream their broadcast live online, this is probably the easiest way to listen to the radio using only the iPhone

    EDIT: basically what spblat said only posted slightly later
  5. shotts56 macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2008
    Thanks for the explanation guys, makes sense. In the interim however, we are still handicapped by the fact that you can't actually get online when you're sitting in a large crowd. Hence a £5 radio beats the iPhone 4 in that respect (unfortunately)
  6. stylez4o1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2009
    You can't listen to games via streaming. I don't know why but they don't allow it(some kind of regulation?). I tried to listen to a football game while on vacation but instead they had a sports talk show on.
  7. bigpatky macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2007
    the pro leagues have blackout rules so you pay for their specific streaming services (like paying $15 for the mlb at bat iphone app). colleges don't usually have that with some exceptions (i know michigan blocks out streaming on their affiliates so you pay for their service)

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