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Alpine Announces New HD Radio Tuner with iTunes Tagging Capability


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Alpine announced yesterday that it will begin shipping its newest HD Radio tuner, which provides HD's benefits of improved sound quality and more content choices plus a new iTunes Tagging functionality that eases the ability of consumers to track and purchase music they hear on their Alpine HD Radio. The tuner is a small hide-away box that may be connected to any Alpine '07-08 Ai-NET head units, lending HD Radio reception to those head units.

When the head unit equipped with the newest tuner is tuned to an HD Radio station that has chosen to broadcast metadata such as artist, album, and song information, the head unit will display these bits of information on the radio face. Additionally, consumers purchasing certain receivers such as the iDA-X100 Digital Media Receiver, IVA-W505 double-DIN Mobile Multimedia Station, and iDA-X100 Marine Digital Receiver may step up to iTunes Tagging. When users hear a song they wish to remember broadcast from an HD Radio station, they simply press a button that transfers info about the tagged song to the user's iPod. Upon connecting the iPod to a home computer, iTunes will present the tagged songs in playlist format, allowing the user to preview, buy, and download the songs they tagged while driving.

We like this feature; it's a safer, quicker way to get song info on the fly, one that doesn't divert eyes and attention from the road. And HD Radio seems like a better concept to us than satellite radio, with no subscription fees and more than 1,800 AM/FM radio stations nationwide broadcasting in digital HD. For a station guide of HD Radio stations in your area, visit www.hdradio.com. For more information on Alpine HD Radios, HD Radio Tuners, and dealers visit www.alpine-usa.com.--Colin Mathews
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