Legislation that would allow the use of a radio transmitter to hear an iPod on a radio is still dragging behind in the UK.
However, in the UK it is legal to sell the devices but illegal for consumers to use them without a radio broadcasting licence.
"In order for FM transmitters to be sold legally in the UK, a public consultation needs to be held. Any proposed regulation would then be passed in front of Parliament for scrutiny," said Karen Hicks, product manager at iPod accessory maker Kensington.
"When we spoke with Ofcom in late March, it was proposing to hold the consultation soon after Easter."
However, Ofcom confirmed only that the consultation would happen this year. "I can confirm that Ofcom is planning on consulting on iTrips this year," said a spokeswoman. "We've put it in our annual plan."
Hicks pointed out that this timetable would not allow for a lift in the current licence restrictions until the end of 2006 at the earliest.
"In the event that the proposal meets public approval, and the regulations gain Parliamentary approval, the timescale for the adoption of the recommendation may be towards the end of this year," she said.
Kensington indicated that it would not put its FM transmitters on the UK market until the law is changed.
"It would be illegal for people to use them and we do not want to put our customers in that position. It is unfortunate, as Kensington's devices are extremely popular in the US," said Hicks.
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