iPod iTrip to be banned in the UK?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Mar 19, 2005
Perth, Oztrailya
Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4993528.stm

Ofcom [UK's radio and telecommunications regulator] has said it is working with other regulators to draft an EU-wide standard on the use of a gadget which plays the output of Apple's iPods on FM radios.

Using an iTrip is banned in Britain as its low-power transmissions can, in theory, interfere with legal stations.

The Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1949 forbids the use of radio equipment without a licence or an exemption.
So it is already banned, strictly speaking - I'd be surprised if there are any reported or known cases where hey actually caused interference **checks page to read article properly...**


May 26, 2004
Randy's House
This is the kind of silly thing that makes me rethink wanting to move to the UK. Of course we have our share of silly things, too. Like gay marriage.

Back on topic, then. :D


macrumors 68040
Mar 29, 2004
Manchester, UK
Despite some of the stupid things the UK govt does it's still an interesting place to live.

I never used to think like that until I travelled.


macrumors 68040
Apr 8, 2004
Oops, so I broke the law when I was in the UK over Christmas.

Were there any reports of interference on broadcast radio then? I would hate to have lowered people's enjoyment of the Top 40 countdown.

(Yes, I'm being sarcastic)

edesignuk said:
Just as well my iTrip is a useless piece of crap and I never use it then, isn't it.
I think it depends on where you use it. I get a lot of static on every channel on my morning commute through San Francisco, but only from where 280 North meets the 101, to halfway across the Bay Bridge. Otherwise it's fine.


macrumors 68000
Sep 4, 2003
I had a transmitter that was disguised as a charger which plugged into the cigarette lighter. Forget what it was called. :confused: It was brilliant but I somehow managed to misplace it. Now I'm reduced to the iTrip .. which sucks big time! :mad:

My only alternative is to find a way to wire the iPod directly to the car stereo or buy a new car. :p


macrumors 68040
Feb 24, 2006
emotion said:
It's defintely a banned device in the UK. With little reason it seems.
You need a licence to broadcast a radio signal, an iPod and iTrip is basically a pirate radio station.


macrumors regular
Aug 25, 2005
welshandrew said:
You need a licence to broadcast a radio signal, an iPod and iTrip is basically a pirate radio station.
The itrip problem is perhaps it can select any FM frequency and get picked up by any other nearby FM radio.
I'm not sure what broadcasting class a 20-30 foot/ 10 meter maximum device would be? :)
Think it's more about an excessive range of "interference" to someone elses FM radio musical enjoyment, and on just about any frequency.