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From MacRumors, National Association of Broadcasters Again Urges Apple to Add FM Radio to iPhones:

Following Apple’s clarification that iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do not have FM radio chips or antennas designed to support FM signals, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has expressed some doubt about Apple’s statement and has called on the company to add FM functionality to its future iPhones.

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In its blog post, the NAB appeals to Apple CEO Tim Cook, highlighting the number of hurricanes experienced in Mobile, Alabama, Cook’s hometown, since 1969, and calling on the company to introduce FM support as a way for customers to get news alerts during disasters.

If your concern is access to news during disasters, may I suggest concerned families simply buy a dedicated portable AM/FM radio? Among its advantages:

  • Such radios start at under US$10, and the product line as a whole is 1 to 3 degrees of magnitude less expensive than iPhones.
  • AM/FM radios last longer on a fresh set of batteries than iPhones do on a charge, and can be recharged indefinitely during a power outage, so long as more batteries are available.

It’s a sad scene between this and the FCC Chairman cluelessly calling on Apple to magically activate FM features that either aren’t physically connected or don’t exist at all.

It also speaks volumes that the NAB needs to rely on either national disasters or Federal bullying to get broadcast radio devices into the hands of consumers. Usually when consumers are forced to buy something, it’s a pretty good sign that what’s being sold is crap. Try listening to US terrestrial radio — dominated by ClearChannel bots playing the same songs over and over, and asshole blowhards going on hours-long conservative rants — and it’s little surprise that fewer Americans have any interest in the technology anymore.

No wonder the NAB wants to ride piggy-back on Apple’s popularity and the hundreds of millions of iPhones out there. But I think they ought to get their own house in order first, before they start talking crap about Apple.

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