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The Hidden FM Radio Inside Your Pocket, And Why You Can't Use It

You may not know it but most of today's smartphones have FM radios inside of them. But the FM chip is not activated on two-thirds of devices. That's because mobile makers have the FM capability switched off.

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Pillsbury12056d ago

Who listens to the radio anymore? Pandora, spotify and Amazon music make radio stations obsolete.

N0TaB0T2056d ago (Edited 2056d ago )

No, Pandora and iHeartRadio are trash that is killing radio.

It's sad that such a basic feature is locked to force pretentious, low-quality radio streaming services that are becoming useless by the years.

fr0sty2056d ago

Did you actually just call Pandora's quality trash compared to FM radio? Seriously?

Speed-Racer2056d ago

Those platforms don't work when you don't have a signal.

Pillsbury12056d ago (Edited 2056d ago )

Neither does fm radio, what's ur point?

If you are in the city chances are you will have reception

Speed-Racer2056d ago

@pills - yes, FM has more range than WiFi or cellular data. You can still get an FM signal deep in the wilderness once the line of sight is clear vs a cell tower which has a lower range.

Stringerbell2056d ago

I do a lot of driving for work and I'm always listening to talk radio. News, sports etc all local based stuff.

Pillsbury12056d ago

On demand podcast have replaced the old ways of talk radio, get with the times.

Stringerbell2056d ago (Edited 2056d ago )

Yes clearly an on demand podcast is going to tell me about up to date traffic and news.

And NY sports talk based radio is rather good I like listening to Boomer and Carton in the morning so I'll keep on thank you very much.

I get that people out there live in radio wastelands where its other country or da Lord', I'm fortunate enough to live in NYC and I like my options.

KingPin2056d ago

i stopped listening to anything made after 2005.

4/8/16/32 beats of electro samples looped, filtered and reverbed for 4-6 minutes with meaningless lyrics is not music.

subtenko2056d ago

It's not the music its you, who cannot find good music. I find stuff from years ago STILL undiscovered as well as new songs discovered and undiscovered by many in most main genres (over 300-some music genres in the world)

Just because mainstream radio blast music you dont like doesn't mean good music isnt out there or that thereis less of it, thats BS. 6 Billion people in the world, Millions if not billions of musicians. Go start finding em, I am and you dont see me trash talk any genres.

(I just dont like heavy grudge metal because the vocals dont have any tone of musicality to me. I listen to metal though)