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iPod FM transmitters to be legalized in UK


iPod FM transmitters such as Griffin Technology’s iTrip are set to become legal in the UK this Fall. Ofcom, the regulating body for the UK communications industries, has outlined plans to legalize the devices in response to “growing consumer demand.” As previously reported, current British law prohibits the use of FM transmitters because the devices could potentially interfere with commercial FM frequencies. Ofcom has been working with third-party iPod accessory makers and other regulators to make the devices legal.

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I am sure these have been legal in the UK for a while I got one from a uk site a year ago?

I have seen them on lots of other UK sites as well as shops over here in the UK.  Maybe these guys have been selling them illegally. Oh well no harm at least ofcom have finally changed there mind on a stupid rule anyway.  I mean how much trouble can an itrip do.

Posted by boggis81 on July 14, 2006 at 11:46 AM (CDT)


the law really didnt stop us in the UK buying them, i know loads of iPod owners with an iTrip or similar device. The problem is buying them. You can buy and sell them in the UK but there is always a huge disclaimer saying they are “prohibited for use in the UK”. This makes it ok for UK online retailers to sell them, for use outside the UK.

As far as i know no-one checks for their use, or there is no legislation of what to do with an offender as the law stands.

All this means is that companies can start selling them.

Posted by Andrew on July 14, 2006 at 12:13 PM (CDT)


Now can they pass legislation to make Griffin include some sort of clip so this doesn’t keep falling off the bottom of my frickin’ iPod?!

Posted by Hrothgar on July 14, 2006 at 12:14 PM (CDT)


for the record they will be legaliSed in the AUTUMN. :D

They have always been illegal here, if you use one you can get fined. Police in my area have been known to confiscate them if seen and fine the drivers.

Posted by Craigybaby on July 14, 2006 at 1:07 PM (CDT)


FINALLY…. i have well over 5 people a day at work ask me if we sell them…

That doesn’t sound alot but thats 5 a day…. 35 a week… 140 a month… i’ll let you work out the rest

Hopefully soon i can say YES, there right over here and yes it was about time they made them legal.

Thank you Ofcom, its about time you did something right.

Posted by tom on July 14, 2006 at 2:13 PM (CDT)


They have never been legal - the stores selling them are committing an offence - many places no longer stock them or show them for sale. At last years London Expo reps from OfCom were going round the stalls asking the retailers to remove them from sale.

The use of an FM transmitter can result in the confiscation of the equipment and heavy fines.

As far as I am aware it is not a police matter - the persons responsible for enforcing the Wireless Telegraphy Act is the Office Of Communications and the police would only be involved if requested to be there as OfCom have no power to stop motorists.

I have heard that the power output of the FM transmitters destined for sale in the UK (when it happens) will be less than that of the US devices - from ‘testing’ experience this might render them all but useless in the vehicles which feature rear mounted roof aerials…..

Posted by Bob Levens on July 14, 2006 at 2:27 PM (CDT)


Nice to see that an outdated piece of War legislation to finally go… pirate radio is an issue but it needn’t impact on personal use of this cheap and reliable technology.

I’ve been using an iTrip for years in the UK, it’s never affected anybody or hindered buisiness interests, and that’s why they’ve been stocked everywhere but in the high street for years.

Posted by Ethan on July 15, 2006 at 8:26 AM (CDT)


Yeah, these things can barely get a signal from the dashboard to the antenna.  How are they going to “interfere with commercial FM frequencies”??  LOL.  That’s like outlawing nail clippers on airplanes.  Oh…wait, they do that too.

Posted by icantpod on July 16, 2006 at 9:43 AM (CDT)

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