Apple considering HD radio in future iPod or iPhone devices

Way back two or three years ago, we first heard about some HD radios coming out that would allow for iTunes tagging of songs for later purchase. You can buy a little FM radio for $5 or $10, and even wear your pretty white earbuds if you really must. Why are you waiting for Apple to add it in to a new, more expensive device?

I would really like an fm tuner. The gym I go to has big screen tvs with the audio streamed to fm stations, and I’d like to listen to the news or whatever is playing while I workout. I guess Apple thought that was a mighty nifty idea, as they later gave similar capability to the latest iPod nano, and the company has recently filed for a patent that integrates HD radio right into future iPhones and iPods.

Apple considering HD radio in future iPod or iPhone devices

Unlike with traditional FM radio, HD radio transmits with it information on the song, artist and album youre listening to. The most recent iPod nano has a song tagging feature for its built-in, traditional FM receiver, though it relies on later syncing the device with iTunes to make sense of what song you tagged.

With HD radio capabilities built into an iPhone or iPod, theoretically you could set your device to search for a particular song title via HD radio information. Youd also be able to quickly tag the song for purchase and be brought immediately to the iTunes app. WunderRadio is by far, the best app to listen radio stations from any part of the world, you got to the mention before i did.

With iOS 4s multi-tasking capabilities, most likely one would be able to listen to HD radio stations while performing other tasks, much like you can do now while listening to iTunes. While streaming apps like Pandora are popular and will have backgrounding capability, HD radio does one thing Pandora doesnt: it wont use up your data plan.

Of course, as with any number of the slew of patents Apple files for, theres no telling whether well actually see HD radio built into future iPod, iPad or iPhone devices. The only real reason apple finally put an FM radio in is because of the use of it in gyms sometimes to convey class info from the instructor and such. It keeps the whole Nike+ and workout partner capacity all in the iPod.

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What I would really like is for Apple to add a satellite radio (XM/Sirius) receiver into their iPods and iPhones. There is an app you can download to your iPod touch or iPhone, but it only has about 2/3rd of the channels and can only be used where you are in range of WiFi.

I suspect that this could dramatically increase XM/Sirius subscriptions, and Apple could easily take a good cut of the subscription fees, with their device being responsible for the increase in subscriptions. This would allow one to get all sort of cable news channels, politics, talk and analysis, along with plenty of custom radio stations wherever one was, all on one portable device.

Frankly, it’s going to be a long long time before they slap a satellite radio tuner in… Too much space for a feature that isn’t available to every purchaser.

I’d like this as a feature for one reason: to listen to the news. There are no FM news stations in NYC, and I don’t think that there are any modern devices with built-in am tuners. However 1010 WINS has a HD station. Every so often when I’m out, there’s a need to listen to the news (weather, train problems, etc), so I would welcome this.

Via appleinsider and tuaw

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