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340 iTunes-ready HD stations offered

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Mon April 7, 2008

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Clear Channel Radio says it is now offering more than 340 of its primary HD stations with the iTunes "tagging" function, capable of transferring a song heard on the radio to an Apple iPod (after purchase). "Radio continues to be the number one way that people discover new music, and the HD Radio iTunes tagging capability lets listeners add songs to their iPod playlists with just a push of the button," said John Hogan, president and CEO of Clear Channel Radio. "With the vast majority of our HD primary stations now offering this exciting feature, we're demonstrating how radio's collaboration with the iPod benefits consumers."

Clear Channel Radio originally announced last September its intentions to offer broadcasts compatible with Apple's implementation of the HD Radio tagging feature. Currently, the company offers over 440 HD stations and more than 340 HD2 stations.

Device manufacturers have recently begun offering a slew of HD Radio-compatible iPod speaker docks. JBL's On Time 400IHD system, for instance, allows users to listen to static-free reception on HD Radio stations with no subscription fee. The device tunes in to FM stations with CD-quality sound, and stores 'live' song information from select HD Radio stations with the push of a 'Tag' button.

Sony also introduced two new HD Radio clock systems, the XDR-F1HD and S10HDiP. Beyond charging and playing iPods, the latter radio supports iTunes Tagging, which copies track information from HD Radio to an iPod, and then later identifies the tracks so they can be bought through the iTunes Store.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    clear channel?

    340 stations? So what? Don't all 1,200 of their stations play a grand total of three music formats? Hits. Urban. Country. Whoo hoo.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What a farce!

    "Who needs 'Tagging' for HD radio?"

    "No 'HD tagging' required. No HD radios required, in fact. Why buy a new radio in order to tag your songs when you can do it on an iPod right now?"


    "After conducting a survey of 340 HD2 stations to determine their programming needs, the folks at Clear Channel have dumped a number of their HD 'Format Lab' stations due to a lack of demand."

    What a farce:

  1. RiquiScott

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not quite the same...

    "No 'HD tagging' required. No HD radios required, in fact. Why buy a new radio in order to tag your songs when you can do it on an iPod right now?"

    That's fine, assuming that the "iPod" in question is an iPhone or an iPod Touch, *and* you have Wi-Fi access.

    Personally, I would appreciate some kind of tagging feature in my car radio, so that if I hear a song I like, I can tag it and download it later.

  1. zac4mac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Clear Channel?

    Oh yeah, those guys. The Company that single-handedly killed Radio.

    f*** Clear Channel

  1. hawkmankt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Radio is dead!!!

    Talk radio, satellite radio and internet radio are the only things worth listening to anymore. Everything else sucks.

    The good old days where you called in and actually talked to a real human DJ and waited around to hear the song you just requested are long gone.

    Too bad really...

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