iPhone in the UK - Can I get Radio 2?

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  1. BeeS4335 macrumors member

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    I'm the proud new owner of an iPhone 3G but my pride is dwindling somewhat. I was hoping to be able to tune into radio stations and particularly Radio 2 in the UK. But despite an afternoon's experimentation I cannot crack it. I assume I need to download something. RealPlayer for example but "it" won't allow me. That is, when I can see the script which is tiny in the extreme and will not magnify up. Can anyone shed some light in my darkness? It would seem a device such as the iPhone should be able to act as a radio receiver so it's probably my ignorance. Help please. And the simpler the instructions the better because I truly do suffer with this stuff! Thanks
     
  2. slashjunior macrumors regular

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    You can try FlyCast for listening live. BBC iPlayer for catch-up of all shows for the last 7 days. Also try here for catching up with podcasts. Alternatively, check out iTunes and go to the BBC Podcasts page and they have loads of different podcasts there (no Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross funnily enough :p ).
     
  3. BeeS4335 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank You

    Yes, thanks. But my wife has just bought a cheap(ish) mobile phone with an excellent radio option and she's able to listen live. It has a tuning/save facility and it's quite brilliant. I'm surprised my iPhone and multiple times the cost does not have a similar function. On a technical note, if anyone reads this, does the iPhone 3G lack a card or something? Am I whistling in the wind? Is the iPhone just NOT a radio tuner?
     
  4. .adam macrumors regular

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    Yep. No radio hardware in there at all.

    Your only hope is to keep an eye out for a BBC Radio App in the iTunes App Store.
     
  5. slashjunior macrumors regular

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    I can understand your frustrations. I can't say I miss radio though to be honest. With my iPod music, podcasts and Last.fm. If you haven't already tried out podcasts then I highly recommend it. For example, I listen to the Wake Up To Money podcast every morning on my drive in.
     
  6. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    The live BBC Radio streams are provided in three formats. Via Flash (which streams an mp3), via RealPlayer and via Windows Media Audio.

    The iPhone doesn't support any of these streams natively. There is an application (called f-stream) that can play Windows Media Audio, but that's it. And it won't work inside your iPhone Safari, you'll have to copy and paste the URL of the stream over to f-stream. Except you can't copy and paste, so you'll have to write it down and type it in off that.

    This only works over wi-fi. Streaming media over 3G is prohibited under O2's Terms and Conditions.

    The BBC have publically stated that they intend to have some form of live audio streaming available by the end of the year though that will work on the iPhone properly. For the time being you can listen to any previous BBC shows on iPlayer radio on the iPhone.

    Phazer
     
  7. slashjunior macrumors regular

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    Not true. If that were the case then Apple wouldn't let all these apps such as Last.fm and other radio apps get onto the App Store. YouTube also works at full resolution on 3G if watching from within a webpage and not going to the YouTube app. You can also watch and listen to stuff in the Safari browser using 3G, I think the Apple Movie Trailers site is one of them.
     
  8. markl9 macrumors newbie

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5F136 Safari/525.20)

    Take a look at wunderadio in the app store I can get all the main BBC stations using it.
     
  9. andyhargreaves macrumors regular

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    +1

    WunderRadio is excellent. Even works on GPRS connections, if you are lucky.

    Andy
     
  10. longdogs macrumors regular

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    Does that include 6Music?
     
  11. markl9 macrumors newbie

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5F136 Safari/525.20)

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    Does that include 6Music?[/QUOTE]

    It certainly does!
     
  12. longdogs macrumors regular

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    Does that include 6Music?[/QUOTE]

    It certainly does![/QUOTE]
    Excellent. 6Music in the car! Thanks.
     
  13. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    It most certainly is true. Check the terms and conditions of the contract on the O2 website.

    I think you're confused with some other Apple that gives a **** about anywhere or any of their partners outside the US.

    Indeed. All in breach of the terms of your airtime agreement, despite O2 using them as selling points of the phone.

    In a logical world this would be illegal advertising at the very least, and yet O2 still do it.

    Phazer
     
  14. marcol macrumors regular

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    +2

    I listen regularly to BBC stations using WunderRadio and it works great. Mostly I listen to Radio 4, Five Live and BBC7, but Radio 2 certainly works. As to whether I'm breaking O2 T&C to do this, I couldn't possibly comment.
     
  15. ShepUK macrumors member

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    Do you have a link? The printed terms and conditions I got with my iPhone specifically exclude streaming video over 3G, but they don't mention streaming radio.
     
  16. Peruvian macrumors regular

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    Does Wunderadio have five live sports extra? also 1xtra?
     
  17. tiptopp macrumors regular

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    There are lots of discussions about BBC radio, and it's taken me a while to find out where to look, but finally I found that the BBC have a page containing the urls of lots of their stations, and a tutorial for how to listen to them over 3g/Edge via Fstream.

    Works great!

    http://www.bbcstreams.com/

    Tiptopp
     
  18. BeeS4335 thread starter macrumors member

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    I did as tiptopp suggested above and am very pleased with the results. Thanks to all who have contributed to this thread. The ability to tune in to the BBC has added a new dimension to my iPhone.
     
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