Funny how things work. For years, Apple resisted the notionof adding an FM radio to the iPod, having finally relented with the latest version of the iPod Nano. And now comes a report courtesy of 9to5Macwhich has Apple working to develop an in-house radio app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that would operate much like the iPod app and make purchasing broadcast songs as simple as can be.
We’ve just received a tip that an iPhone radio.app is being developed in-house by Apple for use on the iPhone and iPod touch. From what we know, the app will be allowed to operate in the background like iPod.app and will offer the same functionality as the FM radio in the new iPod Nanos. The source mentioned that this application could also be incorporated into the iPod.app before release.
The holdup on this app is that Apple is trying to integrate the Mobile iTunes Store purchases into the functionality of the program. For instance, if you like a song you are listening to on the radio (and that station supports tagging and you are in the US), you will be able to push a button and see the song (and all of the information around it) in the iTunes Mobile store.
As Larry David might say, pretty pretty pretttty cool.