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Apple planning HD Radio boom for January?

updated 10:40 am EST, Fri December 28, 2007

Apple HD Radio Plans

Efforts by Apple will have a slew of iPod speaker docks with HD Radio debuting at next month's Macworld show, according to one report. The device maker is allegedly very supportive of the iTunes Tagging feature that launched along with the Polk iSonic ES2 in the fall and wants to see it widespread in the accessory market, with many AM/FM radio docks gaining both HD Radio support and the ability to embed tags in the digital stream. The reason behind the maneuver is not explicitly mentioned but is likely an effort to drive iTunes sales through the accessory business, encouraging listeners to tag songs heard on the radio for a future download once an iPod in a radio dock syncs back with its host computer.

Which firms will produce the HD Radio speakers is unknown, though HD Radio inventor iBiquity Digital has made available a generic development kit both to its own partners and anyone involved in Apple's Made for iPod program. Companies such as Creative-owned Cambridge Soundworks, Griffin, and Sony have already committed to iPod audio systems with the enhanced digital radio as a staple feature, though none have yet to say they will adopt iTunes Tagging in their devices.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. testudo

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    huh?

    Exactly who would this be targeted at? For if you've got an iPod, why in the h*** are you wasting time listening to the radio?

  1. elroth

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    we'll see

    I'm still waiting for the Radio Shark HD from Griffin, announced last January but never heard from again.

    I'm guessing iBiquity won't give Griffin a license because the Radio Shark has software that can record the radio streams. I would love to see it, though.

  1. bluejammm

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    testudo

    OK, Testudo. You're reaching. I have 5,000 songs and I still enjoy the radio for the variety and even some of the yapping. And occasionaly, I'll hear a song I haven't heard in a while that I may not have or something new so I would like the ability to tag it instead of writing a reminder to myself.

  1. David Esrati

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    iPhone compatibility

    It would be nice if the people making anything with a dock these days would indicate if they work with the iPhone. I've found most of them ask to disable the phone part to work.

  1. testudo

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    Re: testudo

    What are you talking about? Whenever anyone says "The iPod needs a radio tuner!" they get slapped down with the usual "radio's dead, it's all the same cookie-cutter c*** filled with commercials!" rejoinders.

    So now it's good?

    And it has been ages since I've heard any yapping on the air that was worth the time. I always wonder what they all are smoking in the studio, since they always find anything said to be the most hilarious stuff ever spoken.

  1. elroth

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    re: testudo

    There are plenty of good (non-commercial) radio stations - public stations for news and some music, and especially community stations (with lots of diverse music) in most of the major markets and some smaller cities. No yapping (except during pledge drives), with a wide wide range of music. You have to know what program is on at what time, because there are so many different kinds of music on.

    Radio's not for everyone, but why be so venal toward those who enjoy and learn from it? Oh I forgot, you're testudo, and that's what you do.

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