Saturday, July 15, 2006


This, of course, is more the government rushing to catch up with reality than a pre-emptive move: Ofcom is opening a public consultation with a view to legalising iPod transmitters.

At the moment, using a device to broadcast your iPod stream to a car radio is illegal in Europe, as there's a danger (it's claimed) the devices can interfere with "proper" radio broadcasts. You could, in theory, play podcasts of the Chris Moyles show at motorists while Chris Moyles himself is on the radio. That would confuse people, although, admittedly, only the people who listen to Moyles, which doesn't take very much.

Don Foster, the Lib Dem's culture spokesperson, seems to have been the only person answering his phone when the BBC called:

"I am delighted Ofcom have ended this ludicrous ban, based on 1940s legislation... which threatened two years imprisonment to music lovers using iTrips.

"This decision... will not only regulate a booming black market and provide the country with valuable tax revenue, but also enable the iPod generation to enjoy their music using the latest gadgets."

The exciting thing is we can all become pirate radio broadcasters, albeit pirates in pedaloes rather than giant ships.