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September 13, 2019

iPod nano FM radio fo shizzle


This morning, for no reason I can think of, I got out my 2012 iPod nano Gen 7 and charged it up in order to see just what its FM radio can do.

One thing I've always disliked about the device's radio is that it only works if you attach headphones via the jack connection: the nano has no speaker.

No matter: my plan was to connect my AirPods 2 via Bluetooth and listen with them while stowing the iPod + headphone cord in a pocket.

I first put the nano radio through its paces, first time I've ever done so.

What I discovered:

• It's a fantastic radio: brought in around 40 (forty) FM stations clearly, way more than my much bigger portable radios

• The station-finding scan function is elegant, far better and more intuitive, than my digital portable radios

• It's almost imperceptible, weighing in at 1.05 oz. (30 grams)

• Size: 0.21" x 1.56" 3.01" (5.4mm x 39.6mm x 76.5mm)

Then it was time for point of the whole exercise: the Bluetooth experiment.

What I discovered:

• Though my AirPods connected easily to the nano, no sound came out: the audio stayed in the connected earbuds

• An attempt with non-Apple Bluetooth earphones that work fine with my nano's stored music also failed to yield radio sound except via the connected earbuds

I had my Crack Research Team©® look into this and they reported back, after several hours of deep diving, that others have asked the same question and gotten the same result I did.

More precisely: connecting the wired headphones required to make the nano's FM radio functional disables Bluetooth.

Conclusion: the nano's Bluetooth is intended to play only music stored on the device — not FM radio.

Oh well.

September 13, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


Yeah, I have a similar problem at the indy 500, the broadcast is on fm. My phone had an fm radio but the headphones I wanted to use were BT. Data is useless when there are 250k people in a small area, so no streaming of the commentary. The wire makes the antenna, but if you plug in anything to the headphone jack, the bt gets shut off.

Posted by: Greg | Sep 13, 2019 4:04:37 PM

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