Is Apple About To Embrace HD Radio?
June 18, 2010 at 7:53 AM (PT)
Is APPLE about to give HD RADIO a shot at the Holy Grail? CNET reports "a recent APPLE patent application could signal the company is looking to include an HD RADIO feature in future iOS devices."
The report quotes APPLEINSIDER as saying APPLE's patent "would bring the trademarked wireless radio format, HD RADIO, owned by iBIQUITY to future generations of iPHONES, iPADS and iPODS."
Of course, the most recent iPOD NANO already has a built-in FM tuner, and tagging technology is already included in iTUNES. MICROSOFT's ZUNE mp3 player already includes HD RADIO, but has had disappointing sales.
[With the current state of programming content of HD RADIO, is this really any big deal? Will radio step up their commitment to improving that content? Or, should radio be pushing for the FM chip to be turned on in future generations of iPHONES, iPADS and iPODS? Your comments are welcome, below.]