Is there an online AM/FM tuner for iPhone?

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  1. Italianblend macrumors 68000

    Italianblend

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    I am aware of the radio apps like I heart but what I am looking for is an online alternative to a true radio tuner.

    Reason is that some local sports gsmes that are broadcasted on live local radio are blacked out on these radio apps or online radio streams.

    I really wish the iPhone had a radio tuner built in.

    Are there any alternatives?
     
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  3. Menel macrumors 603

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    I don't understand what you are asking.

    iHeartRadio and TuneIn are true online alternatives to a radio tuner. You tune in to standard radio stations via online/internet.

    It seems like virtually all stations are covered between those two apps.
     
  4. eyoungren, Oct 18, 2013
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    eyoungren macrumors P6

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    The OP wants to use his iPhone as an AM/FM radio. OP is looking for an app that would control that, i.e. an AM/FM tuner.

    The problem with this is that with all the radios the iPhone has, an AM/FM radio is not included.

    Buy a 5th gen iPod Nano OP! :D
     
  5. Italianblend thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I thought i had explained that iheart doesn't work, but I'll be more detailed.

    Example:

    I go to Pitt Football Game at Heinz Field and want to use my iphone to listen to the radio call while I'm at the game in the stands.

    The station in question is in fact on iheart radio. But if I turn on iheart radio on that station, the game broadcast is blacked out.

    So - I'm looking for a "real" tuner that actually tunes into radio frequencies and broadcasts that through the iphone.

    Surprised that there are no true radio websites out there that use old fashioned technology to actually pick up radio signals and broadcast them out.

    Perhaps there is an external Tuner that I can plug into my iphone.
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    That's probably because of licensing. Radio stations themselves have paid the licensing fees to broadcast the music and programming they broadcast.

    A site like you suggest would have to be national (like iHeart) and would have to pay all those licensing fees I think. I don't believe they could just stream the stations. Those stations would probably want something in return.

    iHeart is probably able to do this because they've made deals.
     
  7. mattroman246 macrumors 6502

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    You made me do it...


    "There's an App for that"
     
  8. jonAppleSeed macrumors regular

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    Or you know, could maybe, bring a radio?
     
  9. ross1998 macrumors 6502a

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    Best alternative is buying a used iPod nano 5th gen, they have live fm radio, good battery life, and look good. You can find a used one for about 50-70 dollars
     
  10. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    :D

    Got mine as a refurb a few years back. Try a live radio tuner with an ability to pause for five minutes. Good for picking up where you left off.
     
  11. Vetvito macrumors 6502a

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    No, I know exactly what you're talking about. You need a GPS app to spoof your location to one that isn't blacked out.

    One app called FakeLocation is perfect for these blacked out games. Sadly it's a Cydia app only.
     
  12. robjulo macrumors 6502a

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    OP - you may want to check some of the smaller cities/towns that carry the Pitt football broadcast. They may ignore the rules and broadcast the games anyway via Iheart or Tune-In.

    For example, my local college team, the main radio station blacks out the game, but there are at least two stations from smaller towns that are on Iheart and/or Tune-In that ignore the blackout and broadcast the same pre-game, game and post-game the main radio station is broadcasting.
     
  13. scotrinaf macrumors 6502

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    I think the OP owns a rotary phone and wants his iPhone to match... ;) Just kidding... I would kind of like to find a tuner app myself, the stations I listen to are on iheart radio, but sometimes it's just fun to "scan" for stations...
     
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  15. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    As mentioned, if only some other station, that's not being blacked out, stream it on the Net, yer SOL.

    Maybe shoot an email to the CEO of AEREO, the company that grabs broadcast TV and stream them to you. Hey dude, here's another opportunity!
     
  16. kevink2 macrumors 65816

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    Or have someone who is willing to tie up a phone line for a few hours. Call them, have them put handset near radio.
     

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