Apple readying FM radio iPhone, iPod Touch app?

FM radios might be about as futuristic as WAP, but that hasn't stopped rumours abounding that Apple is ready to release an iPhone app that will awaken

FM radios might be about as futuristic as WAP, but that hasn't stopped rumours abounding that Apple is ready to release an iPhone app that will awaken the currently dormant FM chip in the iPhone and iPod Touch.

According to 9to5Mac, the FM receiver from the two devices' Nike+ functionality will be switched on by the app, with the delay apparently down to Apple's desire to build in a feature that lets you download songs you hear on the radio. How this will work is unclear, but a mixture of the tagging feature seen on the iPod Nano and Shazam-style wizardry have been mooted.

It all sounds interesting, but we think having Magic FM on tap as an alternative to internet radio streaming will be a bigger draw for most. True to form, Apple is keeping schtum on the rumours – but we'll bring you the news if and when it's announced.

via 9to5Mac