Next gen Zune devices to include HD Radio


Microsoft announced that the next generation Zune HD device will feature HD Radio technology.  The Zune HD is expected to be available at national retailers in the Fall.

Said Chris Stephenson, General Manager of Global Consumer Marketing, TV, Video & Music Business, Microsoft: “Radio has always been a core feature in Zune devices as it plays central role in consumer’s lives.  It is where they discover new music, tag songs for purchase and stay in touch with the goings-on in their local communities. We are excited to improve on this feature and provide free digital HD Radio reception in Zune HD. With its superior digital audio sound and ability to receive the vast array of new innovative HD2/HD3 multicast channels, Zune HD will be the world’s first portable media player to include HD Radio technology.”

“On behalf of radio broadcasters across the country, NAB applauds Microsoft for recognizing the value of free, local radio,” said NAB EVP Dennis Wharton. “Today’s announcement gives America’s 235 million weekly radio listeners yet another platform to enjoy our free service, and it uniquely positions the Zune HD at the forefront of entertainment products.”

Said Bob Struble, iBiquity Digital CEO: “We are very excited about the launch of HD Radio technology on Microsoft’s Zune HD. This brings a vast new group of consumers the high-quality, innovative HD2/HD3 programming only available through HD Radio broadcasts.  Microsoft is blazing a trail for a whole new generation of small, hand-held HD Radio enabled products. We are planning with the HD Radio Alliance to promote Zune HD to consumers.”