I-Pod or the like with a built in radio?

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  1. Allan

    Allan Stunt Coordinator

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    Does anyone know if Apple makes an Ipod with a built in radio tuner? If not, can anyone recommend a similar type unit that has a radio tuner built in?

    thanks in advance
    Allan
     
  2. Garrett Lundy

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    Apple's iPod does NOT have a built-in radio tuner. However you can purchase a second-party radio tuner from Belkin through Apple's website.
     
  3. Keith Mickunas

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    Archos has one. I believe it's called the Archos FM Recorder. I have a 20GB Archos recorder, but without the tuner, and it's great. It connects through USB 2.0, has a 20GB hard drive, and will mount on most Windows PCs as a USB hard drive without any special drivers. It's very handy. I'm pretty sure they sell for quite a bit less than an iPod also.
     
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    rumors are future I-Pods (next wave) will have a radio tuner added to the mix of features.
     
  5. Allan

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    Thanks for the advice. A couple of questions though?

    1. Garrett, I couldn;t find the Belkin radio tuner on the apple website. Could you please post a link?

    2. Brian, any idea when the next generation I-pods are set to come out?

    3. Keith, I went to the Archos website. The device you mention only has 128 KB of memory. I was really looking for something like the I-pod where I could store 1000s of CDs.

    4. Any other tips?

    thanks again
    Allan
     
  6. Keith Mickunas

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    Allan, there is one with a hard drive, look around a bit more, I found it at Amazon for $250 but I don't remember its proper name. It might be something like Archos Jukebox FM Recorder.
     
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    Pricey, but the iHP-120 will do what you're asking. It also does real-time recording and comes with a mic, I believe.

    As for the Sony, I would treat their products with caution. Their, their NetMD minidisc line's DRM cripples usability. For example, all files must be converted to Sony's proprietery format using (not very good) proprietery software.

    -j
     
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    irrelevant post deleted. move along...
     
  10. Garrett Lundy

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    I'm sorry. The Belkin FM-adapter for Apple's iPod is actually a FM transmitter for playing MP3s/AACs on FM radio. Sorry for the mix-up, I guess I need to pay more attention to these things

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  11. Scott McGillivray

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    I think that the I-Pod is the way to go (and that is coming from a die-hard PC lover). It is a bit expensive, but linked up with iTunes it should be really nice.

    I will also agree that Sony and their mini-disc players are not a good idea. I own one and it is disappointing. Their software for this product is horrible and so is their customer support.
     

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