Clear Channel Radio now broadcasting over 340 HD stations compatible with Apple iTunes Tagging

Clear Channel Radio today announced a milestone in the implementation of the HD Radio iTunes tagging feature with more than 340 of its primary HD stations now capable of transferring a song heard on the radio to an Apple iPod. As the first and foremost broadcaster of iTunes tagging compatible HD stations, Clear Channel Radio is making use of its own technology to enable the purchasing and downloading of music on these stations, building on its HD industry leadership and commitment to a broad range of media platforms.

“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, in th epress release. “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.

Clear Channel Radio is a leading radio company focused on serving local communities across the U.S. with more than 110 million listeners choosing Clear Channel Radio programming each week. The company’s content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, on the Internet, via iPods, through Motorola’s iRadio cell-phone service, and via mobile-navigation devices from Cobra, Garmin, Kenwood and others. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, syndication and independent media representation. Clear Channel Radio is a division of Clear Channel Communications, Inc., a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at http://www.clearchannel.com/.

17 Comments

  1. Cool. This is my new excuse to upgrade my car stereo.

    No longer will I need to carefully listen for the DJ to name a song I like- and then get pissed off when they fail to do so.

  2. I have an HD tuner plugged into my home system. It is really good. The signal to noise is near zero. The dynamic range is really good for radio. It sound as good at MP3 and this is FM we are talking about. Free, out of the air. It allows three separate broadcasts, but this requires the band width to be split up and fidelity suffers a bit. I am blessed with a local classical and a local indi station, both of which put it all into one program channel. It is really great.
    http://www.king.org/hdradio/
    I have a Sangen HDT-1 tuner.

  3. Screw… Clear Channel and HD Radio…same crap they play on non-HD Radio, not worth listening to.

    FCC what’s up with the longest merger in US history, got your hand in Clear Channel’s pockets??? Long live Satellite Radio…and Howard!!!

  4. I agree with the comments about radio being generally crap.

    But HD-tagging has the potential to change all of that. If the stations get paid for every song that is bought as a result of their broadcast, they will be able to get feedback from the customers about what they really like.

    Some bright spark will eventually figure out that playing the same 20 songs every day produces poor returns. This could provide an incentive to offer more attractive services. Stations that capture the audience attention will be more profitable. Advertizing revenue could also be affected once the revenue from iTunes sales are analyzed.

  5. @ Not Bill

    The signal to noise is near zero.

    e.g. signal is zero, divided by any noise, yields a SNR of 0.

    I don’t thank that’s what you meant to say.

    Although, we are talking about Clear Channel. All noise, no signal.

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