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(The New York Times)   FM radio now available on Sprint. Customers under 30 immediately ask "What's FM radio?   (mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com) divider line 32
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2013-01-11 08:38:59 AM
Is Windows Phone the only mobile platform that specifies FM reception as part of the hardware standard?

/dnrtfa
//did not buy an iPhone
 
2013-01-11 08:41:43 AM
FM radio is kind of like satellite radio, but the average station has a catalog of more than 30 songs.
 
2013-01-11 08:43:02 AM
Both of my HTC phones on Verizon have had this... do most phones not?

\it requires headphones plugged in
 
2013-01-11 08:46:08 AM
Where is my LTE, Sprint? Verizon has had it in my area for over a year now.

/Sprint user.
//Because it's the cheapest by far for me
 
2013-01-11 08:52:50 AM

Quantumbunny: Both of my HTC phones on Verizon have had this... do most phones not?

\it requires headphones plugged in


My old Droid X on Verizon had an FM tuner as well.  I drag it out once a year when we go see the fireworks
 
2013-01-11 09:16:02 AM
I thought the NAB made this an FCC requirement so that we could get notified of terrorist attacks or bad weather or gay people spotted nearby.

you have pee hands: FM radio is kind of like satellite radio, but the average station has a catalog of more than 30 songs.


I think you got it the other way around. Or you're not listening to good satellite channels.
 
2013-01-11 09:24:26 AM

enry: I think you got it the other way around. Or you're not listening to good satellite channels.


I've only ever used it in rental cars because it was free. For me it seems to flake out around trees and have plenty of stations that literally played the same songs within 90 minutes of each other which even the most canned top-40 radio station would never do. I guess it's worthwhile if you live somewhere that only has a couple conventional radio stations in range and less stuff to block the signal, or you're really interested in listening to sports broadcasts of a team from outside your local area, but I was completely unimpressed.
 
2013-01-11 09:30:12 AM
I will buy a new phone just for this. I actually bought my Galaxy SII on Sprint partly because they advertised FM radio capability. Apparently it's only available in the Galaxy SII models *outside* the US. It was still on the features list on the card in the Sprint store here though. I didn't biatch about it too much though because in the end, I would have picked this phone anyway because 1) there was no close competitor for me offered by Sprint and 2) no other US cell phone provider I could find offered FM radio.

I am PUMPED about this. Go sprint!!

/Soon I'll be able to listen to the Bengals get their butts kicked by the (other) crappiest teams in the NFL while I cut the grass! (remember, the game is blacked out, most likely)
 
2013-01-11 09:46:51 AM
Odd that my phone doesn't have FM. My cheapo mp3 player has a radio tuner, and it is tiny. Not too big a loss. Pandora/web radio or mp3s for the most part, and pull out the cheapo for NPR.
 
2013-01-11 09:51:28 AM

you have pee hands: enry: I think you got it the other way around. Or you're not listening to good satellite channels.

For me it seems to flake out around trees and have plenty of stations that literally played the same songs within 90 minutes of each other which even the most canned top-40 radio station would never do.


Clearly you have never listened to KOWZ in southern MN. If you make it more than 45 minutes between repeats, your doing good. It was piped into my office until I finally flipped out and clipped the wires to the speaker after 10 years of misery. Dead silence is a vast improvement.
 
2013-01-11 09:57:45 AM
Weird. My original Evo has had it since I got it.

/I really need to upgrade
 
2013-01-11 09:58:12 AM
i was going to say, oh come on! I listen to FM radio all the time! i mean, how else am i going to hear car talk, and terry gross, and.... then I remembered, I'm over 30. :(
 
2013-01-11 09:59:41 AM

you have pee hands: enry: I think you got it the other way around. Or you're not listening to good satellite channels.

I've only ever used it in rental cars because it was free. For me it seems to flake out around trees and have plenty of stations that literally played the same songs within 90 minutes of each other which even the most canned top-40 radio station would never do. I guess it's worthwhile if you live somewhere that only has a couple conventional radio stations in range and less stuff to block the signal, or you're really interested in listening to sports broadcasts of a team from outside your local area, but I was completely unimpressed.


There's a few music channels without a real DJ (their Christmas channel played two different versions of "Rudolph" back to back). Most have real people, especially the decade ones - 80s on 8 have the original MTV VJs usually live or doing top 40 for that week in some year. If you have kids, the channels they have for them are awesome and well worth the money.

I live near Boston, which is apparently well known for FM radio. Can't stand it.
 
2013-01-11 10:02:04 AM
Radio is still big business in big cities. And it's big business with youth as well. Just because subby has a neckbeard and draws pictures in latte foam, doesn't mean that something that has been around for a hundred years will go away.

Also, an FM chip in a cell phone means you don't have to use data if you're out jogging or something. My wife is 27, and was very disappointed that her GS3 doesn't have FM, cause now she's either stuck with maintaining her own playlist (which is annoying, no matter what all the cool forum commenters tell you), or streaming data.

I never understood the hate for FM radio, if you don't like it, don't listen?
 
2013-01-11 10:04:42 AM

pute kisses like a man: i was going to say, oh come on! I listen to FM radio all the time! i mean, how else am i going to hear car talk, and terry gross, and.... then I remembered, I'm over 30. :(


Podcasts
 
2013-01-11 10:05:49 AM
I had a tuner on my EVO. It sucked because of the way it used the headset for the antenna. This may be useful for some, but streaming services like pandora offer a unique alternative.
 
2013-01-11 10:10:10 AM

Faps_in_the_kitchen: Where is my LTE, Sprint? Verizon has had it in my area for over a year now.

/Sprint user.
//Because it's the cheapest by far for me


It's right here
i.imgur.com/Ke01W.png
 
2013-01-11 10:21:37 AM

enry: pute kisses like a man: i was going to say, oh come on! I listen to FM radio all the time! i mean, how else am i going to hear car talk, and terry gross, and.... then I remembered, I'm over 30. :(

Podcasts


i don't know what those are. i never found out, i knew they existed because people said, check out this podcast, but i never figured it out. but, aren't they out of style now, since there's no reason to own an ipod anymore? (since pod is in the name, they are for ipods, right?)
 
2013-01-11 10:24:01 AM
odd, my sprint phone has had an FM tuner for years
 
2013-01-11 10:26:07 AM

neritz: Weird. My original Evo has had it since I got it.

/I really need to upgrade


I do as well, I'm thinking the EVO LTE cause I use the device more for work, and less for play. Where if I used the phone more for an entertainment device I'd go with a samsung phone
 
2013-01-11 10:37:02 AM

loonatic112358: neritz: Weird. My original Evo has had it since I got it.

/I really need to upgrade

I do as well, I'm thinking the EVO LTE cause I use the device more for work, and less for play. Where if I used the phone more for an entertainment device I'd go with a samsung phone


I think I'm holding off until the GS4 comes out (supposedly around April).
 
2013-01-11 11:07:01 AM
What I want is an AM tuner for phones since TuneIn Radio and IHeartRadio (sorry, but I won't use a Clear Channel app) don't bother to play NFL or MLB games even when listening to local channels.

The local FM stations don't carry games, so I don't really care if I get the over the air version or the streaming version. It's only a difference of about 30~60 seconds. The quality difference doesn't matter since radio isn't a high quality format anyway.
 
2013-01-11 11:51:47 AM

sure haven't: Radio is still big business in big cities. And it's big business with youth as well. Just because subby has a neckbeard and draws pictures in latte foam, doesn't mean that something that has been around for a hundred years will go away.

Also, an FM chip in a cell phone means you don't have to use data if you're out jogging or something. My wife is 27, and was very disappointed that her GS3 doesn't have FM, cause now she's either stuck with maintaining her own playlist (which is annoying, no matter what all the cool forum commenters tell you), or streaming data.

I never understood the hate for FM radio, if you don't like it, don't listen?


This is true...while mega companies like Clearchannel are slashing talent and cutting back elsewhere - bad business model and such - other smaller independent radio companies are raking in cash while other media like tv and print are grasping at straws. One print media place in my area is giving away trips to business owners and free ads just to get them back...pathetic.

Why is local radio flourishing with ad revenue? Because it works, because people listen. It's the connection you can't get from satellite radio as well as other forms of media.

With radio in cell phones, no more toting around that ghetto blaster!
 
2013-01-11 12:35:49 PM

WhiskeySticks: sure haven't: Radio is still big business in big cities. And it's big business with youth as well. Just because subby has a neckbeard and draws pictures in latte foam, doesn't mean that something that has been around for a hundred years will go away.

Also, an FM chip in a cell phone means you don't have to use data if you're out jogging or something. My wife is 27, and was very disappointed that her GS3 doesn't have FM, cause now she's either stuck with maintaining her own playlist (which is annoying, no matter what all the cool forum commenters tell you), or streaming data.

I never understood the hate for FM radio, if you don't like it, don't listen?

This is true...while mega companies like Clearchannel are slashing talent and cutting back elsewhere - bad business model and such - other smaller independent radio companies are raking in cash while other media like tv and print are grasping at straws. One print media place in my area is giving away trips to business owners and free ads just to get them back...pathetic.

Why is local radio flourishing with ad revenue? Because it works, because people listen. It's the connection you can't get from satellite radio as well as other forms of media.

With radio in cell phones, no more toting around that ghetto blaster!


www.ihomeaudio.com

disagrees.....
 
2013-01-11 12:40:51 PM
I'm not sure I understand. I mean, I guess if you have limited data you can't just listen to internet radio all the time with the TuneIn app, but Sprint has unlimited data. I don't know why I would want lower quality audio.

/unless you're in a Sprint dead spot or have no signal I guess.
//did always think it was odd that you can buy tiny radios with headphones but they didn't seem to put them in phones
//all mp3 players used to have AM/FM tuners before Apple lowered the bar with their shiat products.
 
2013-01-11 01:01:57 PM

adrift1827: I will buy a new phone just for this. I actually bought my Galaxy SII on Sprint partly because they advertised FM radio capability. Apparently it's only available in the Galaxy SII models *outside* the US. It was still on the features list on the card in the Sprint store here though. I didn't biatch about it too much though because in the end, I would have picked this phone anyway because 1) there was no close competitor for me offered by Sprint and 2) no other US cell phone provider I could find offered FM radio.

I am PUMPED about this. Go sprint!!

/Soon I'll be able to listen to the Bengals get their butts kicked by the (other) crappiest teams in the NFL while I cut the grass! (remember, the game is blacked out, most likely)


You don't need FM radio to do this, there are apps that already do that.

http://tunein.com

iOS and Android.
 
2013-01-11 01:12:05 PM
Give me TV and then I'll care.
 
2013-01-11 02:38:05 PM

theurge14: adrift1827: I will buy a new phone just for this. I actually bought my Galaxy SII on Sprint partly because they advertised FM radio capability. Apparently it's only available in the Galaxy SII models *outside* the US. It was still on the features list on the card in the Sprint store here though. I didn't biatch about it too much though because in the end, I would have picked this phone anyway because 1) there was no close competitor for me offered by Sprint and 2) no other US cell phone provider I could find offered FM radio.

I am PUMPED about this. Go sprint!!

/Soon I'll be able to listen to the Bengals get their butts kicked by the (other) crappiest teams in the NFL while I cut the grass! (remember, the game is blacked out, most likely)

You don't need FM radio to do this, there are apps that already do that.

http://tunein.com

iOS and Android.


Two major problems with tunein.com and other apps like it.
1) The online streams of radio stations (at least the ones that I've tried) black out NFL games and nationally syndicated shows that the local radio station airs. NFL games and college basketball games are 90% of the reason I want FM radio on my phone.
2) The audio I get via tunein.com is streamed to my phone via 3G/4G/WiFi. That means high data use (not an issue for me, but for many it is) and also absurdly high battery consumption. A dedicated FM antenna takes miniscule amount of power. I had a MP3 player in the pre-iPod days that had an FM tuner built in (R.I.P. poor MP3 player. I swear the drop into the lake was an accident!) and it would let me listen to FM radio all day for a damn week on a single AA battery. I'd probably get about the first quarter of an NFL game via tunein.com on equivalent power.
 
2013-01-11 05:18:21 PM
MOST phones have FM radio recivers built in as part of its wifi chip, but most of those phones just don't have software to use it and it may be missing driver level software like the iOS devices are. As per the title however, sprint has atleast had phone capable FM radio when the evo 3d came out on it almost 2 years ago. What is nice is the evo 3d does not even need to be rooted to run the FM app. It also runs on the virgin mobile version.
 
2013-01-11 05:31:23 PM
No good screen shots of it, so I made one.

www.abload.de
 
2013-01-11 05:40:31 PM
One of my candy bar phones 8 or 10 years ago had an FM tuner. I loved it for listening at work, and it seemed to hardly use any battery. Would love to have that now, stream Pandora and unless you're on WiFi it drain battery pretty fast.
 
2013-01-11 05:51:10 PM
The girls don't seem to care.

/can't believe no one else posted that before now
 
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