Radio stations may soon have one less reason to hate Apple
Apple watcher 9to5Mac has received a tip from an unidentified source, claiming that the FM radio program will be able to run in the background on iPhone 3G, 3GS, and the latest iPod touch models.
If true, this wouldn't come as much of a surprise. Apple's entry-level nano now comes with an FM tuner, complete with the ability to pause live radio and tag songs to purchase later through iTunes.
The only odd thing about a full-blown FM rollout is that it would validate rivals Microsoft
Why would Apple introduce a feature that has already been topped by Microsoft?
Smartphone owners may also wonder why Apple thinks they even care about terrestrial radio. Some of its App Store's more popular music downloads include free music-discovery and Internet-radio faves Pandora and Yahoo!'s
So what's the difference here? Save for the Sirius app, which runs on the AT&T
Apple needs to be careful, though. If it makes too big a deal out of FM radio reception, it won't be long before Microsoft launches a series of "I'm an iPod/I'm a Zune HD" ads.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has an iPhone loaded with free apps, and maybe four or five that he has paid for. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned here. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.