Is There a Radio App for the iPod Shuffle?


You use your iPod Shuffle to listen to your favorite artist and catch up with weekly podcasts. The music player is compact and interfaces with your Windows or Mac system for music uploads but does not include a radio app or the ability to play an AM or FM radio through its headphone jack. The iPod Shuffle contains only an internal hard drive for storing commercial music files, personal recordings and podcasts loaded onto it using iTunes on your computer.


  • ITunes is a media management application that connects your iPod Shuffle electronically to your computer for file uploads to the music player. The application cannot transfer a working radio app or any other apps to the device. If you attempt to transfer a radio app to the music player, the app will physically transfer to the player, but you will not be able to access or use the app.

Lack of Display

  • The iPod Shuffle doesn't include a touch-screen display or the ability to add a display. To use a radio app, you must be able to activate it via a touchscreen and navigate the app's controls. Apple, the iPod Shuffle's manufacturer, does not make a radio add-on component for the music player nor is one available from a third-party developer.


  • The music player only contains controls for playing content stored on the device. Controls include play, pause, skip forward and skip back as well as volume and playlist controls. The iPod Shuffle also includes an on/off switch. The music player's storage capability, 2GB or less, is limited and not expandable.

Standalone Radio

  • You cannot connect a standalone radio to the iPod Shuffle via the music player's headphone jack or dock connector. The radio will not play through the music player nor will stations on the radio record onto the iPod Shuffle's hard drive. Opening and modifying your iPod Shuffle to add a radio voids the player's warranty, if still active, and can possibly damage the music player's internal components.

Product Compatibility

  • Information in this article applies to the 2GB iPod Shuffle and iTunes 11. Information within this article may vary slightly or significantly with other iPod Shuffle products or iTunes versions.

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