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iPod FM transmitters to be legal before Christmas in UK

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By LC Angell

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Published: Thursday, October 5, 2006
News Categories: iPod Accessories

iPod FM transmitters are set to become legal in the UK before Christmas, according to Ofcom, the regulating body for the UK communications industries. “After years of campaigning, Ofcom has taken its most significant step yet to legalize the use and sale of FM transmitters for iPods in the UK,” reports Macworld UK. “The regulator today published draft regulations that will make use of these devices—which stream music from an iPod at a very low range using the FM frequency—legal in the UK. Ofcom explains that it proposes to permit the use of these FM transmitters on a ‘license-exempt basis’. Final changes will come into effect in December 2006.”

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Comments

1

Now the UK can legally participate in weak, fuzzy, static-filled music transmitted from their iPods, too.

Posted by Anonymous on October 5, 2006 at 8:28 AM (PDT)

2

I’ve been using one for years in the UK, it maybe illegal to sell them but ebay has been a great help in getting round that little issue. I’m certainly not alone in using one either, with them being illegal its not exactly been much of a deterrent to not get one, can’t really imagine getting pulled over by the police for using for one for instance.

Posted by Gatéz on October 5, 2006 at 10:11 AM (PDT)

3

Brilliant, just brilliant. My new car’s got an ipod socket so after years of wanting a legal itrip I no longer need one! I understand the transmitters aren’t much good, anyway.

Posted by drevo_uk in UK on October 5, 2006 at 10:23 AM (PDT)

4

I agree with the first poster. iPod FM Transmitters are nothing to get excited about. The concept sounds good, but in reality, the sound quality is terrible.

Posted by Paladin on October 5, 2006 at 1:51 PM (PDT)

5

how would you listen to your ipod, if your car doesnt come equipped with an ipod port, if not for an fm transmitter?

Posted by superspiffy on October 5, 2006 at 4:41 PM (PDT)

6

Three choices for car use of iPod:

1) FM transmitter (crummy)
2) Cassette tape adapter (pretty good)
3) iPod port (best)

Posted by Ace on October 7, 2006 at 9:42 PM (PDT)

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