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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

iPods to serve up FM radio

While the iPod was the not the star of Apple's opening day, it was not entirely overlooked at the annual MacWorld technology fest.

The company unveiled a $79 iPod Radio Remote accessory that allows users of the iPod nano and iPod video to tune into to FM radio stations and remotely access some controls on their iPod.

The device enables iPod users to display station information on the iPod screen and will also display song titles and artists when tuned into a radio station that supports the Radio Data System (RDS) standard.

Weighing in at half an ounce, the remote also allows users to adjust the volume, control a slideshow, and skip forward or back within a selected music or video playlist.

The accessory is powered by the iPod so does not require extra batteries, however Apple said that using the FM radio would reduce iPod playback time.

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