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  • HD Radio Comes to the iPhone

    iBiquity Digital, the company behind HD Radio, has finally released the first digital radio solution for the iPhone. It requires a Gigaware HD Radio Tuner, which costs $80 through Radio Shack, and uses your earphone cord as an antenna.

    HD radio uses a digital signal piggybacked onto existing analog broadcasts, allowing high-quality sound and song metadata (artist, track and album). There are nearly 2000 stations in the US are already broadcasting a digital HD Radio signal. The Gigaware tuner, like all HD Radio receivers, can pick up both the digital and analog stations, so you can get regular AM and FM along with the HD broadcasts.

    Bob Struble, the head of iBiquity, told the Wall Street Journal that the relatively high cost of the HD tuner is offset by the fact that digital signal can often be picked up in areas where there is not WiFi or 3G signal for services like Pandora. “The signal is coming from your local radio broadcast, so in most cases, if you’re within range of that signal,” the app will work exactly as a radio does. Users are able to access a wide variety of multicast as well as local radio stations.

    Struble says iBiquity is trying to get Apple to add a built-in HD Radio receiver to the iPhone and iPod touch, as the external device is somewhat unwieldy. Microsoft released the fourth-generation [URL="http://zune.net:80/en-US/"]Zune HD[/URL, which has an integrated HD Tuner, in September.

    iBiquity's Navigator Control app is free on the iTunes Store.

    image via iBiquity Digital
    This article was originally published in forum thread: HD Radio Comes to the iPhone started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      If this was a small add-on piece that fit into the bottom of the iphone, it would be something I'd be interested in.
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      I have XM on my phone without anything extra plugged in. Think I'll stay that way.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I'm sure they think it will sell so I guess I'm just missing the point....
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      sounds lame. my Dre buds sound high def enough for me.....$150.00 they better!
      LOL you bought Monster's Dre headphones! You are just the customer these people are looking for...
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      dumb , I going to spend $80 to carry something else around. don't think so, reason I pick iphone is it consolidated my devices into one. what we need is a plugin that will allow us to use the browser to listen to radio over the internet.