HD Radio Makes AM Radio Sound Like FM

November 30, 2012

HD radio makes AM radio sound like FM, gives FM the same quality as a CD. Developed by iBiquity of Columbia MD, HD radio was launched in 2005 and has steadily grown in acceptance by over-the-air listeners.

Today more than 2,000 radio stations provide their broadcasts in HD radio and there are more than 3 million HD radio receivers. HD radio receivers are now capable of providing traffic reports in real-time and iTunes tagging which allows the listener to press a button to automatically place an order for that song from the iTunes website. Initially only a couple of car companies offered HD radios as an option, sometimes charging as much as $500. There are now 15 car companies offering HD radio options as a standard option or for a little as $20 extra.

BMW, Rolls-Royce offer it as standard and it is an option on Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Kia, Mercury, Mini Cooper, Mercedes, Rover, Volkswagen. Toyota only offers it on the Scion.

- Automotive News 08.23.10.p16