High hopes for Apple iTunes tagging for HD Radio

“Remember having to fumble around for a blank tape when a song you liked came on the radio? Those days — like the audiocassette itself — are over,” ” Meena Thiruvengadam reports for The San Antonio Express-News. “Soon, if you want a copy of a song you’re listening to on the radio, all you’ll have to do is push a button.”

“The nation’s largest broadcasters, including San Antonio-based Clear Channel Communications, have teamed with Apple and a pair of digital radio manufacturers to introduce tagging — a feature that lets listeners mark a song they hear for purchase from iTunes. The hope is that it will help traditional broadcasters better compete with MP3 players, the Internet and other new music technologies,” Thiruvengadam reports.

“Here’s how it works: Buy an HD radio, listen to it and push the tag button when you hear a song you like. The radio will store the information and transfer it when you place your iPod in its dock. Sync your iPod with your computer, get a list of up to 50 songs you tagged and decide which ones you want to buy,” Thiruvengadam reports. “Broadcasters would get a portion of Apple revenue generated from the sale of tagged songs.”

Thiruvengadam reports, “In an era when consumers have traded record stores, CDs and Walkmans for Web sites and iPods, HD radio is supposed to help companies such as Clear Channel, CBS Radio, Entercom Communications and Cumulus Radio compete. But it hasn’t caught on yet.”

Thiruvengadam reports, “But Apple, whose iPod has become a symbol of the digital music revolution, is optimistic. ‘This is going to ease discovery and promote ownership,’ said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of worldwide iPod product marketing. ‘How many times have you been listening to the radio, heard a song and thought to yourself, ‘Hey, I want this song’? Anytime we can map a natural behavior like that, we know it’s something that can be successful.'”

Full article here.


  1. Cubert is officially Leopardified!!!

    I was able to install it on both the PowerBook (supported) and my Cube (unsupported). The target disc mode bypass worked flawlessly in installing it on the Cube. AND, Leopard definitely runs faster than Tiger did on my Cube, too. My friends think I am crazy when I say that I have a 7 1/2 year old computer that works better today than the day I bought it.

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  2. Excellent idea imho.

    This makes great sense, and it helps radio show broadcasters to make money and encourage people to listen to radio more.

    If I could listen to a radio show and just buy the song I was listening too on the show instantly I would be buying shit loads.

    How many times have you listened to the radio and heard a great song but dont know the artist or name of the song but you would love to have a copy of the song?

    This solves all that in one go!

    Another great idea from Apple!

  3. ‘How many times have you been listening to the radio, heard a song and thought to yourself, ‘Hey, I want this song’? Anytime we can map a natural behavior like that, we know it’s something that can be successful.'”

    hrmmm, this sounds familiar…..

    oh ya! MDN says it the other way! when a company goes against human nature it fails. when it cross cuts human nature it struggles, and when it runs along the grain…..

    MW: the bet laid “plans” of microsoft and men…

  4. MadMdac said it but didn’t elaborate; HD Radio does not mean High-Definition radio. It is a trademark, supposedly without any meaning, although it is widely known that it means Hybrid Digital. The broadcasts are combined analogue and digital. If you have a receiver that can read digital component of the broadcast signal, your sound quality should approximate CD, although some say it’s closer to MP3 at 128kbps.

    There is nothing resembling high definition in any meaning of the word. Company that owns the HD Radio trademark, iBiquity Digital Corporation, purposely misleads consumers (as well as editors of online publications such as MDN) into believing HD stands for High Definition by implying much better quality, making analogies with HDTV, etc.

    While it allows for a nice, catchy headline (High [def] hopes…), it continues to perpetuate misconception of what HD radio is.

  5. Go to iTunes, select the genre you want and find the best selling songs list. Set your store to shopping cart.

    Go down through the list and sample each song.

    If you like it, save it to the shopping cart.

    Once through the list visit the artist of each in your shopping cart and list the most popular songs.

    Sample those and add to your shopping cart.

    Next visit the artists that other people also picked with the artists you first picked. Sample and pick those top songs and add them to the shopping cart.

    Now repeat all of the above for the next genre.

    By the time you get this all done, you’ll have thousands or even tens of thousands of songs that you already like.

    Organize your music into playlists and buy a fat capacity iPod or two.

    1: No need to buy and install HD radio

    2: No need to pay for subscription services that will nickle and dime you to death.

    3: No advertisements, screwy DJ’s or hearing songs you just can’t stand.

    4: You own the music, you play the music exactly when and what you want to hear. It’s like having your own radio stations.

    5: With a large enough capacity, a few thousand songs, different genres and creative playlists, you’ll have more than enough music and never get bored.

    6: Once in a while visit your favorite artists and sample their new music.

    Buying HD Radio is a complete joke and a waste of money. Own the music, it’s cheaper in the long run.

  6. “My friends think I am crazy when I say that I have a 7 1/2 year old computer that works better today than the day I bought it.”

    Keep telling yourself that’s the only reason.

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  7. This is all upside for Apple. If people use, they make money – from the sale, and presumably from licensing the dock and other proprietary technology to the radio manufacturers. If people don’t use it, Apple is out nothing.

    Put that in your Zune and squirt it.

  8. (in Cartman’s voice)

    “OK, first, the Houston paper, home of BIg Oil, says Leopard is sweet. Then, SMU, future home of the Bush Library, has a Mac attack. And now, in San Antonio, Clear Channel is teaming with iTunes.

    This Texas Troika can only mean one thing. Yes. Yes.

    Karl Rove is the physical embodiment of Global Warming, using heat to power his politics to make even more heat, and the only way to stop him, is with the Apple iGore! A full frontal nudity assault of the iGore will surely cool of the ever hotter Rove, thereby suspending Global Warming……but will it work?


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