HD Radio™ Industry Upgrade Featured at NAB
iTunes Tagging with HD Radio Technology
iBiquity Digital Corporation, iTunes® and major radio broadcasting groups have joined forces to launch a new service -- iTunes Tagging with HD Radio™ technology. As the most compelling music discovery feature from local broadcasters exclusive to HD Radio technology, iTunes Tagging enables customers to tag songs they hear on HD Radio broadcasts, then preview, buy and download those songs from the iTunes Store. Broadcasters like CBS Radio, Clear Channel, Cumulus, Cox, Entercom and Greater Media have announced that they will implement iTunes Tagging in their HD Radio broadcasts.
Today, there are more than 1,600 radio stations broadcasting using HD Radio technology with over 750 offering HD2 and HD3 multicast channels, providing consumers in 188 markets with new content and format choices, data services and crystal-clear sound. With coverage reaching 83 percent of the U.S. population, HD Radio technology is the hottest digital lifestyle upgrade around.
Polk Audio's I-Sonic® Entertainment System 2, the first HD Radio receiver with iTunes Tagging capabilities, is now available in Apple Stores nationwide, the Apple Online Store, the Polk Audio Web site and select Best Buy locations. Also incorporating the revolutionary iTunes Tagging technology, devices from other key industry consumer electronics players have been announced.
HD Radio Broadcast Equipment Advancement Demonstration
NAB HD Radio Technology Advancement Task Force press conference to take place on Sunday, April 13th at 3:00 p.m. in room N247, North Hall, LVCC.
A technology development project just completed by NAB's HD Radio Technology Advancement Task Force will be unveiled, involving improved and lower-cost implementations of HD Radio equipment for broadcasters. Contact Kris Jones at (202) 429-5486 for more information.
HD Radio Technology by the Numbers
9 Automotive Brands; 47 Product Lines
The adoption of HD Radio technology by the automotive industry is accelerating. Currently an HD Radio receiver is a factory-installed option on all new BMWs and MINIs. HD Radio receivers are currently a dealer-installed option on all Fords, Lincolns and Mercurys; and, in 2009, the technology will be factory-installed on those vehicles. Volvo has also announced that HD Radio technology will be a factory-installed standard across its product line. Hyundai, Jaguar and Mercedes have also announced that HD Radio receivers will be available in select vehicles.
Over 60 Products
HD Radio receivers for the home and car are now available from a variety of device manufacturers, including, Accurian, Alpine, Audio Design Associates, Audiovox, Cambridge Soundworks, DaySequerra, Denon, DICE Electronics, Directed Electronics, Dual, Eclipse, Insignia, Integra, JBL, Jensen Mobile, Jensen, JVC Mobile, Kenwood, Marantz, Metra, Niles, Onkyo, Peripheral Electronics (AAMP), Polk Audio, Radiosophy, Rotel, Sangean, Sanyo, Sony, Visteon and Yamaha, with more under development.
Over 12,000 Retail Outlets
These products are available at thousands of stores across the country, including:
- National outlets: Apple, Best Buy, BJs, Circuit City, RadioShack, Target and Wal-Mart.
- Regional and local chains: 6th Avenue, ABC Warehouse, Abt Electronics, Bjorn’s, Car Toys, Entertainment Solutions, Flanner’s World Wide Stereo, Huppins, Ken Crane, Listen Up, Myer-Emco, Ovation, Stereo Advantage, Ultimate, and many more.
- Online retailers: Amazon.com and Crutchfield.com.
Products on Display at the HD Radio Booth
- Automotive products include HD Radio receivers and tuner boxes by Alpine, Azentek, Dual, Insignia, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Microsoft, Peripheral, Pioneer, Sony, and Visteon. Additionally, Alpine, Dual and JVC will feature iTunes Tagging products.
- Home theater and table-top receivers on display will feature units by Accurian, Audio Design Associates , Cambridge SoundWorks, Coby, Denon, Dice Electronics, Insignia, Integra, JBL, Jensen, iLuv, LG, Marantz, Niles, Onkyo, Polk Audio, Radiosophy, Rotel, Sangean, Sony, Visteon, and Yamaha. iTunes Tagging equipped receivers from JBL, Polk and Sony will be on display.
- Next generation demonstrations will feature portable HD Radio receivers, MSN Direct and conditional access.
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