Feeling that the one thing that lets it down is the lack of an FM radio, Apple has launched a FM radio and remote control for its iPod music players.

The iPod Radio Remote combines a wired remote control with new FM radio capabilities for the iPod nano and fifth generation iPod.

The iPod Radio Remote will allow users skip tracks and adjust the volume of their iPod even when it's in a pocket or backpack, and listen to FM radio stations while displaying station and song information on their iPod screen.

The iPod Radio Remote combines two great features in one elegant product", said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. "The iPod Radio Remote is both the best remote control and the best FM radio listening experience for iPod".

The iPod Radio Remote includes a pair of Apple headphones with a shorter cable, perfectly complementing the iPod Radio Remote and will begin shipping immediately for $49 (US).

A UK price is to be confirmed.