CEA names HD Radio / iTunes tagging technology a top innovation
Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
Two HD Radio Technology-Enabled Products with iTunes Tagging – Polk Audio I-Sonic ES2 and Alpine Electronics TUA-T550HD – Are Honorees of Consumer Electronics Association Prestigious Innovations Awards
Columbia, MD – November 14, 2007 – iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio™ Technology, announced today that iTunes® Tagging with HD Radio Technology is featured in two products that were Honorees of the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) prestigious Innovations Awards: Alpine Electronics of America’s TUA-T550HD in the In-Vehicle Audio category and Polk Audio’s new I-Sonic® Entertainment System 2 in the Enabling Technologies category. HD Radio receivers featuring iTunes Tagging will be on display during the 2008 International CES, January 7-10, 2008 in Las Vegas, NV, in the Innovations 2008 Showcase, Booth #70621; iBiquity’s Booth #1831 in the North Hall; Polk Audio’s Booth #20607 in the South Hall; and Alpine’s meeting room #N101 in the North Hall, as well as many other locations.
iTunes Tagging enables listeners to discover new songs on the radio and expand their music libraries. It enables consumers using HD Radio receivers, equipped with a Tag button, to “tag” songs they hear on FM HD Radio stations, sync with their iPods® and then be presented with the option to buy the selected songs on iTunes. The “Enabling Technologies” product category honors new technology with software embedded in silicon, designed to provide functionality to finished products or subassemblies.
“We are delighted to be honored by the Consumer Electronics Association in this year’s Innovations Awards,” said Robert Struble, President and CEO of iBiquity Digital. “iTunes Tagging is one of many advanced features that leverage the powerful digital pipeline to consumers afforded broadcasters by the HD Radio system. In conjunction with Apple, our broadcast partners and receiver manufacturers, we are pleased to offer consumers another exciting HD Radio benefit while broadcasters expand their revenue bases.”
Major broadcast groups, CBS RADIO, Clear Channel, Cumulus, Cox, Entercom, Greater Media and others have announced that they are in the process of installing iTunes Tagging technology in their HD Radio broadcasts. In addition to Alpine and Polk, JBL and others will have HD Radio receivers with iTunes Tagging available in 2008.
iBiquity Digital Corporation is the developer of the HD Radio system, which is powering the AM/FM digital radio revolution. This transformational technology allows AM and FM stations to broadcast digital signals in tandem with their analog signals, providing broadcasters with a platform to deliver multiple channels of programming on the same frequency (multicasting); crystal-clear, CD-quality sound; advanced services such as iTunes tagging; traffic updates; and text information. More than 1,500 U.S. HD Radio stations are on the air, with nearly half of those offering additional content via multicast channels. HD Radio technology is being or has been tested in many countries throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Switzerland, Thailand and Ukraine. For more information, please visit ibiquity.com.