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    I have an HTC 8X (Windows Phone 8) and it does not have an FM tuner. My old HTC HD7 did have one. I like to listen to FM radio, especially KCRW and KLOS (both LA stations). While both stations offer live streaming through the internet, WP8 still doesn't support Flash so I can't stream through Internet Explorer. The only solution is to use IHeartRadio.

    Note to the dumba$$ who asked if people still listen to FM radio, yes plenty of people do. BTW, radio is extremely useful in disasters, when your cellular network may go down. I listened to news updates once when a wildfire knocked out a ton of services in my area (FM was still broadcasting).
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    Let's not forget that iHeartRadio is a stinking power hog right now on WP8 devices. In an emergency, don't go anywhere near that app for any kind of news - unless you have a good method to recharge your phone. Best to have a portable radio or use an old phone/device with radio.
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    Any other decent FM radio apps other than tunein?
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    Tenho lumia 820 quero saber se vai haver atualizao para ter RDI FM
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    Quote Originally Posted by lak611 View Post
    That's what I do. There aren't any local FM stations worth listening to.
    Exactly. The only thing I have worth listening to here is NPR, and I have an NPR streaming app and I can download podcasts of all my favorite NPR programs, which is a far more pleasurable and simple solution for me.

    FM radio seems to be phasing out. It was never a very popular feature on smartphones in the U.S. market, Nokia was one of the few who included it because it is popular in some other countries, particularly 2nd and 3rd world countries where data is spotty, slow and expensive. If you live in the United States and you have a halfway decent data plan with 3 GB or so, you should never really have an issue with streaming. AT&T will sell you another GB for $10 or you can go to a 5 GB for not much more if your appetite is really that voracious and you don't have regular access to Wi-Fi.

    I had FM on my 900 and I used it maybe twice, just to play with it. I don't miss listening to ***** disc jockeys talking all over the beginning of a good song. I can get far better content without commercials from NPR streaming and downloads, Nokia Music and now Spotify.

    If satellite radio were available on the phone, that might be worth having, but broadcast radio? Come on...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ishi the fishy View Post
    I have an HTC 8X (Windows Phone 8) and it does not have an FM tuner. My old HTC HD7 did have one. I like to listen to FM radio, especially KCRW and KLOS (both LA stations). While both stations offer live streaming through the internet, WP8 still doesn't support Flash so I can't stream through Internet Explorer. The only solution is to use IHeartRadio.

    Note to the dumba$$ who asked if people still listen to FM radio, yes plenty of people do. BTW, radio is extremely useful in disasters, when your cellular network may go down. I listened to news updates once when a wildfire knocked out a ton of services in my area (FM was still broadcasting).
    He's not a dumba$$. Most people under 50 years old don't bother with broadcast radio anymore because the quality of the programing is crap compared to just about any other source.

    I live in Florida, so we have hurricanes here, but I have yet to lose cellular access or data during one, even Katrina and Wilma. But in the rare instance there is an emergency I have a radio in my car and an emergency radio.

    Would I like one in my phone? Sure, why not? Do I miss it? No, I couldn't care less.
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    I really miss FM radio on my HD7. U would listen to NPR or BBC in my walk to/from school. Yes there are apps that stream but there are some really bad dead spits around campus where there's little to no data so streaming is not much of an option. End if the day I wish I had an fm tuner.
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    FM Radio is big in India..and would be in most of the developing countries, I can't understand why it would be there in WP7.x and not in WP8
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthVeda View Post
    FM Radio is big in India..and would be in most of the developing countries, I can't understand why it would be there in WP7.x and not in WP8
    That's true, and all of the Asha series phones, which were specifically designed with India in mind, have FM radio if I'm not mistaken.

    I'm not quite sure why they left it out either. The only possibilities I can think of is that either the software end wasn't ready for WP8, or the OEM's wanted to remove the FM radio hardware to save space and make room for other components.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stadifer View Post
    I never understood why people want FM tuning on their phone or MP3 players... Almost every radio station on the planet now streams via web or app their live radio feed. I like listening to AM radio but don't complain that my phone doesn't have an AM tuner.

    Just stream it.
    I can understand why you don't understand. You are probably living in the US and you are so spoilt, you don't even realise it. I live here in south africa. My cellphone reception is so bad, I cannot even make proper phone calls, let alone streaming data! So just stream it is not an option for me (even tough I would love to stream it).
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    There does seem to be a prevailing attitude here of I'm alright jack, screw the rest. FM radio was very useful to those without access to massive data allowances and those who live in places with poor digital reception.
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