Updated: New iPod Nano to Include FM Tuner

You can bet that radio stations are jumping for joy over Apple’s announcement Wednesday (Sept. 9) that its new iPod Nano includes a built-in FM tuner, and live pause and iTunes Tagging features.

The radio industry, which has supported iTunes Tagging for the past three years, has been working even longer to get FM tuners installed in mobile devices as a way to increase the distribution of their signals. An FM tuner is already available in Microsoft’s Zune, but Apple’s iPods are far more ubiquitous. The new Zune, coming out Sept. 15, will also have an HD Radio Tuner.

“Apple clearly recognizes that radio is the number one source for new music acquisition and has made it simpler and easier for today’s listeners to access the audio entertainment they value so highly. The ability to bring a live listening experience together with digitally stored music will have a dramatic impact in listener involvement,” said Jeff Smulyan, chief executive officer of Emmis Communications.

The new Nano’s live pause feature lets iPod users pause and resume playing their favorite FM radio show. If users hear a song they like, they can tag it, preview and purchase the song when the Nano is synced to iTunes.

In addition to the FM tuner, the new Nano also includes a video camera; mic and speaker; and a built-in pedometer.

Apple has sold over 100 million Nanos.