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Chriss Scherer Scherer has been the editor of Radio magazine since 1997. His experience in radio includes work as chief engineer at stations in Cleveland (WMMS-FM, WHK-AM, WZJM-FM, WJMO-AM...more

FM Comes to the Ipod Nano

Ipod Nano with FM radioThe Microsoft Zune HD made a recent splash by announcing it will include an FM HD Radio tuner. Microsoft included an analog FM tuner with RBDS in the previous version of the Zune. An FM radio receiver was one point that separate the Zune from the Ipod family.

Until now.

The latest Apple Ipod Nano includes an FM radio receiver. The radio also supports Itunes tagging and a feature called Live Pause, which allows the user to effectively pause the radio stream by buffering it for up to 15 minutes. (It even includes a camera, too.)

The good news is that there is now an FM receiver in the most popular portable media player brand. I recently remarked that radio was missing the mark in this area, but this covers some new ground. Now I wonder how long it will take until an HD Radio receiver is built in to the Ipod.

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