Thursday, September 13, 2007

HD Radio - what’s the big deal?

I see where iBiquity CEO Bob Struble, flush with success over his company’s alliance with Apple Inc.’s ubiquitous iTunes software, is predicting the end of analog radio.

Analog radio is what most of us still call radio.

“Five years from now, people won’t walk into a Best Buy and say, ‘I want to buy a HD Radio,’” Struble said. “They’ll just say, ‘I want a radio.’ This will be the standard, it will be everywhere.”

Really? Is this a prescient prediction or a wildly optimistic dream? What do you think?

-TOM LINTHICUM, Executive Editor


Anonymous said...

"I see where iBiquity CEO Bob Struble, flush with success over his company’s alliance with Apple Inc.’s ubiquitous iTunes software, is predicting the end of analog radio."

Let's put Struble's comments into perspective:

"And the good ideas keep on coming..."

"So let me understand this...
HD radio has been reduced to being a storefront for iTunes? So I listen to my HD radio, tag the songs I like, download them to my iPod, and listen to my iPod rather than my HD radio, right?"

iBiquity is grasping-at-straws, as consumers have shunned HD Radio - HD Radio is a solution is search of a problem. Struble claims to have sold 150,000 HD radios, but in reality mainly radio-geeks have bought HD radios. No doubt, average consumers returned HD radios after poor reception and bland, computer-generated, repetitive HD channel playlists - HD radios require AM-loop and externally-mounted FM-dipole antennas. Consumers have shown that they will not become a generation of antenna tinkerers - analog AM/FM is not broken, so why try and fix a non-problem?

“Five years from now, people won’t walk into a Best Buy and say, ‘I want to buy a HD Radio,’” Struble said. “They’ll just say, ‘I want a radio.’ This will be the standard, it will be everywhere.”

Since when does Best Buy, Radio Shack, Circuit City, etc sell more than a handful of radios anymore. Consumers only buy things that contain radios, not generally stand-alone radios anymore. iBiquity is in trouble, now having to search for other forms of revenue generation with HD Radio:

"Finally, A Good Use for HD Radio"

"That's why I was happy to hear that even the folks at iBiquity are looking at other options. They have to."

LOL! The licensing and HD chipset fees are so expensive, that HD radios will never approach the cost of typical $15 analog radios - in the UK, digital radios start at $60 to $300.

HD Radio (HD/IBOC) causes adjacent-channel interference, especially on AM, and is designed to jam the smaller LPAMs (low-power) off the dial, by 50KW AM-HD HD Radio Alliance owned stations. HD Radio is nothing but a scam:

“HD Radio on the Offense”

“But after an investigation of HD Radio units, the stations playing HD, and the company that owns the technology; and some interviews with the wonks in DC, it looks like HD Radio is a high-level corporate scam, a huge carny shill.”

Anonymous said...

HD Radio is nothing but a farce:

Anonymous said...

miley cyrus nude [url=]miley cyrus nude[/url] paris hilton nude [url=]paris hilton nude[/url] kim kardashian nude [url=]kim kardashian nude[/url] kim kardashian nude [url=]kim kardashian nude[/url]

Cris said...

HI friends, this information is very interesting, I would like read more information about this topic, thanks for sharing. homes for sale in costa rica

Liz said...

Hello .. firstly I would like to send greetings to all readers. After this, I recognize the content so interesting about this article. For me personally I liked all the information. I would like to know of cases like this more often. In my personal experience I might mention a book called Generic Viagra in this book that I mentioned have very interesting topics, and also you have much to do with the main theme of this article.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for my bad english. Thank you so much for your good post. Your post helped me in my college assignment, If you can provide me more details please email me.

Anonymous said...

A encyclopaedic good physical condition program tailored to an individual wish very likely nave on one or more delineated skills, and on age-[3] or health-related needs such as bone health.[4] Tons sources[citation needed] also cite loony, social and heated fettle as an superior vicinity of whole fitness. This is over presented in textbooks as a triangle made up of three points, which impersonate physical, emotional, and psychotic fitness. Material good shape can also hamper or treat many long-lived fitness conditions brought on by detrimental lifestyle or aging.[5] Working out can also refrain from people saw wood better. To live vigorous it is important to engage in material activity.

Certain or task-oriented [url=]fitness[/url] is a living soul's power to complete in a identified with venture with a tolerable know-how: as sample, sports or military service. Specific training prepares athletes to perform stream in their sports.

Examples are:

400 m sprint: in a sprint the athlete should be trained to master-work anaerobically throughout the race.
Marathon: in this specimen the athlete must be trained to function aerobically and their perseverance must be built-up to a maximum.
Scads run a risk fighters and police officers sustain unvarying aptness testing to draw if they are skilled of the physically taxing tasks required of the job.
Members of the Joint States Army and Army Nationalist Convoy must be masterly to pass the Army Material Health Try out (APFT).

Anonymous said...

[url=]buy Phen375[/url] are tablets that resist abridge body weight. Everybody of these tabs has to be infatuated with ring false, round 20 minutes ahead a refection, twice a day.

Anonymous said...

I think this is among the most significant information for me.
And i'm glad reading your article. But want to observation on some common issues, The site taste is wonderful, the articles is actually nice : D. Excellent task, cheers

Also visit my webpage deutsch intensivkurs stuttgart

Anonymous said...

Good info. Lucky me I discovered your blog by accident (stumbleupon).
I've book marked it for later!

Look at my blog; glutenfreie Diät

Anonymous said...

[url=]купить путевку в турцию[/url]
[url=]natalie tours[/url]

Компания осуществляет деятельность в сфере услуг уже более 10 лет, осуществляя кардинально новый подход к решению такого важного вопроса, как организация отдыха. В сети работает команда профессионалов высокого уровня, имеющие многолетний опыт в туристической сфере.
Основные принципы работы компании состоят в индивидуальном подходе, участливом отношении к каждому клиенту, предоставляя качественные услуги по более доступным ценам. Во всех офисах магазина общая база предложений, которая периодически обновляется, соответственно цены во всей сети одинаковые. Чтобы стать покупателем лучшего тура по наиболее низкой цене, достаточно поинтересоваться, где расположен ближайший офис
В концепцию развития магазина входит определённое число поставщиков туристических сервисов, чтобы качество и уровень обслуживания оставался постоянно на высоком уровне. Компания является профессиональной сетью агентств, которые специализируется не только на одних «горящих» турах, путевках со скидками и бонусами на приближающиеся выходные или праздничные дни, но также и на поездках с ранним бронированием.
Число клиентов Мира скидок неумолимо увеличивается с каждым днем. В планах компании - активно расширять сеть по всей стране, внедрять следующие проекты для более комфортабельного времяпрепровождения клиентов.

[url=]алания турция[/url]
[url=]отдых тайланд цены[/url]