Maybe it was like wishing the latest digitized Maytag would attach a hand-cranked wringer.
Much to the radio industry's disappointment, the new iPhone 3G S, arriving in the U.S. on June 19 will not include an FM radio.
It was a little desperate, probably, but rumors out of Asia have had some in the industry all sweaty thinking how such a move might bring terrestrial radio into the lives of the hordes of Millennials who don't listen to it now and never did.
It's really no surprise that Steve Jobs and the sleek-seeking Apple engineers didn't cram 20th century FM circuitry into their techno-slim 21st century hand-job with all the other slick features. The new phone will do every damn thing but it won't bring you TBTL, Dave Ross, and Ichabod Crane... except on its Safari browser.
There is the thorny problem that FM is in different places on the band in different countries –- it's hard to universalize (if that's a word).
But probably the biggest hurdle is that it's Apple's business of selling, distributing and managing content. Opening that door, when you think about it, was probably but a crack(berry) dream.