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iPod transmitters legal in days

Ofcom relaxes iPod-broadcasting rules

FM transmitters allowing iPod owners to broadcast the music stored on their portable player to a nearby radio will be legal on 8 December.

Communications regulator Ofcom has previously frowned upon accessories such as Griffin’s iTrip, insisting that it’s illegal to use the gadget in the UK without a broadcasting licence.

Ofcom revealed earlier this year that it would relax the regulations, but that didn’t stop PC World getting rapped on the knuckles earlier this month for an advertisement promoting a device enabling "iPod in your car". The retailer used the small print to warn buyers that the use of FM transmitters was illegal in the UK.

But an amendment to the regulations will come into force next month - just in time for the Christmas rush, according to Griffin, which has been campaigning to change the law since February 2003.

"It's a fact of life that the wheels of broadcasting law turn so slowly, but we are overjoyed that our efforts have finally borne fruit," said Steve Hawkins, managing director of Griffin distributor AM Micro.


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