Even with online radio, streaming services, and mp3 players, some people still love good ‘ol fashioned radio. Who says FM is dead? While I personally don’t listen to terrestrial radio any more simply because they never play anything outside of the top 50 popular songs, repeating each one until it’s imprinted in every nook and cranny of my brain. Personal gripes aside, sporting your FM radio on the go can be done in so many ways as FM radios have taken an almost infinite array of shapes and sizes. One style in particular, the headband radio is to me, the most iconic image of 80’s technology and the personal radio. If you’re going to be a complete nerd walking around in your MC Hammer pants, cut off t, and walking along noddin’ your head, you might as well at least use the latest and greatest in technology. Throw out those sweat stained, older than dirt headband radios you’ve been using and replace them with the Solar Headphone Radio. It’s no secret what the highlight is here — solar power in a headband radio. It makes sense doesn’t it? Unless you walk on your head, it’s usually pointing in a northernly direction meaning it should grasp at least a few waves of sweet mother sun’s gleaming light. How well does it work?
One hour of sunlight is enough to keep you bangin’ to the beats for 1-3 hours of uninterrupted music. When fully charged, the AAA NiMH battery will allow you to strut your 80’s stuff for a good 20 hours before the good times (and memories) get replaced by cold silence and the sound of your foot steps reverberating through your headphones. Super. As much as I joke, it isn’t a bad design or idea at all. Is £24.95 (~ $41.42 USD) too much to relive those glory days?
Since the beginning of the iPod’s inception on this planet, many have panned the fruit based player for its lack of FM radio. Up until now, the benefit of having an FM radio integrated with your MP3 player is relatively small as an MP3 player is meant to distance yourself from normal music. That’s why we carry our own collections. Right? HD radio and the ability to display RDS information is a handy touch though hardly a critical decision when choosing an MP3 player. So was it really a big deal?
Apple has taken this stance for many years now, arguing that the lack of an FM radio was deliberate because it wasn’t needed. That is, until they deem it necessary as the newest iPod Nano’s now sport the long elusive feature. But, iPhones and iPod Touches may soon be receiving an FM update of their own. Now you may be questioning how that’s possible? Simple, a software update. You see, while at first your mind will lead you to believe that it’s a hardware limitation meaning that no software update could ever bring FM functionality, iPhone and iPod Touch circuitry already support FM capabilities, Apple just hasn’t acted upon them yet. The same sit and wait approach was taken with Bluetooth functionality in the 2nd gen iPod Touch. It took a full 9 months for Apple to unshackle the coveted feature.
We ma soon be seeing another feature unshackled for mainstream use, except this time it involves not only iPod Touches, but iPhones as well. 9to5 Mac received a tip tonight that Apple is working on their own, in-house radio app. The big pluses of an official in-house app are of course tight integration with the rest of the device and services as well as that Apple fit and finish that they have become known for. The most intriguing and promising rumor or “sub-rumor” is that said app will be able to run in the background. Whew! Other notable sub-rumors include the ability to tag, pause, and rewind live radio. The tagging feature will reportedly also allow you to launch the Mobile iTunes Music Store allowing complete cordless freedom in your music discovery needs. While the tipster didn’t specifically mention this tagging, pause, and rewind functionality, since it’s already on the Nano, we would *hope* that Apple would extend the party to iPhone/Touch platforms.
I’m definitely excited to see if this rumor has any real weight. I would obviously love to this materialize into something more, coming in the near future and not as an iPhone 4.0 feature as that’s just…well…way too far away. What are your thoughts. Earth shattering new feature, meh, or too late to the party?
Campers, tree huggers, and lovers of the color green rejoice! The Solar & Hand Cranked AM/FM Radio will please everyone one of you and then some. Featuring the ability to charge the device by solar juice as well as make your own, you sure never be without a reason to jam away to your favorite tunes…that is unless you a quadriplegic who also happens to be underground or out of the suns reach. However, satisfying both of those less than stellar requirements is slim. $24.95 is all you have to offer up for true mobility and eco-friendly jammin’. Yay or nay?
Source: Red Ferret