New Nano FM Radio Question

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Q-Dog, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. Q-Dog macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2007
    For all of the new Nano owners, does the new Nano radio play through the dock connector or only through the headphone jack? I have heard the headphones must be plugged in to use the radio, but does this disable the dock output? Can anyone verify?

    The reason I ask: we have a Bose sound dock and just realized that if the nano can play FM radio through the dock connector we can get rid of the old radio we use for news in the morning.


  2. Q-Dog thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2007

    Has no one used the radio on the new nano?
  3. Chimpy macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    I'll give you a bump because I was wondering the very same thing :).
  4. Indal macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2009
    Yes and no...

    I waited for someone to answer because I was a lurker and not yet registered, but since no one answered, here's my experience: When I put my new Nano onto my speaker (using the dock connector), I get a message reading "No Radio Signal. Please plug in headphones for radio reception." But my speakers have a line in jack, and with a line in adapter (the cord with what looks like a headphone jack at both ends) I can plug one end into the speaker and the other into the iPod, rather than docking the iPod, and the radio does work and plays through the speaker.

    Hope this helps.
  5. Q-Dog thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2007
    Thanks for the help. I have a little more that I can add.

    I got ahold of a nano and quickly realized that I cannot physically dock the device into the Bose and keep the headphones plugged in since the phones connector and the dock connector are on the same end. Well Duh!! I've only had 40 and 80 Gig iPods, never a Nano. Since our Sounddock does not have the line in like some of the newer ones, I guess there will be no radio for me.

    BUT, maybe use a dock extender to make room for the earphone connector? Hmmmm.
  6. Tilpots macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC
    I have zero experience with the Nano and it's FM capabillities, but could the headphones be the antenna? So if there's no headphones attached, there's no antenna??? Just a thought...
  7. Q-Dog thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2007
    Yes, headphones are the antenna.
  8. mapsk macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2009
    Didn't even know it had one so no :(
  9. jvcrew macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2009
    Yes you can. What i did was pull the jack end off of an old pair of headphones, exposing the bare wires. Then put the nano on with a good pair of headphones, tune into radio station you prefer, pull the headphone out, stuff in the bare wires and put on sound dock. works great for me.
  10. ginnyz macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2010
    I got this to work much in the same way jvcrew did. Be careful if you try this method. It's a little rough on the equipment, but I was determined to get the FM radio on the iPod to play through the Bose. That's why I bought it. I love radio.

    I pulled the rubber coating off some picture wire, exposing the metal wires, and bent it so it was roughly the diameter as a headphone jack, then inserted it into the headphone jack. I then docked the iPod on the Bose speaker, bending the wire up and over the ipod. You can squish the wire down flat enough so that the iPod docks tightly. (I used a hammer to bang the wire very flat.) One thing I noticed is that if the end you put into the iPod doesn't hit the sensors in the right way the iPod will go to sleep even if it's docked. Also the Bose speaker is not charging my iPod, but my Bose is very old, probably second gen. I'm thinking of getting some conductive tape to wrap around the loose ends of the picture wire that goes into the iPod because they're sharp and I think they might damage the iPod.
  11. lurkers macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    new tip

    I've been a frequent lurker of this site, but first time poster. I came up with a similar hack to enable my wife to use the radio on her 5th gen Nano while docked in a speaker dock. You can actually use the standard ipod headphones IF you remove the white plastic cylinder surrounding the metal jack post. I did this using a pair of pliers to crack it open. Be careful not to crimp so hard that you sever the connection between the post and the wires. With the hard white plastic removed from the tip, the headphone wire will now fit (many? most) speaker docks for the Nano-- enabling the headphone wire to act as the antennae. We use a Phillips brand dock purchased at Bestbuy and it works fine. Plus, the headphones actually still work even without the plastic casing around the jack post. Simple hack-- done in literally 30 seconds for me.
  12. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
    Little late there lol maybe I'll try it on my old iPod 5
  13. OutSpoken macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    I know this is an old thread but I'm trying to do a similar hack of my own.

    Me and my wife were given a soundlink air for Christmas and I'm trying to create a workaround of getting my iPod nano 5g to play radio through it.

    But ofcourse as the new soundlnk doesnt have a dock ive bought a little cheapo desktop dock off amazon hoping to hack it to run a 3.5mm jack to the headphone port to receive the fm signal.

    Alternatively I could do what the op in the thread I've linked below has done.

    *Silly question alert* Would sticking a wire up the headphone port really work at receving the signal:confused: it's just that I've read suggestion like that floating around the Internet.

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