HD radio iPhone app accessory
On November 11, 2009, iBiquity announced that iPhone and iPod touch users can receive HD Radio FM broadcasts with the Gigaware Navigation Control HD Radio Receiver accessory and the Gigaware HD Radio application. The accessory and HD Radio iPhone combination takes advantage of the iPhone 3.0 operating system and its ability to support external accessories. iPhone 3.0 allows application developers to utilize external hardware support. Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch models updated with 3.0 software, the application is available on the App Store and requires the compatible Gigaware accessory. Adding HD Radio technology to the iPhone and iPod touch is a two-step process: 1) Buy the Gigaware HD Radio accessory, designed for and sold at RadioShack for $79.99. 2) Download the free app on Apple's App Store.
The Gigaware Navigation Control HD Radio Receiver, for use in conjunction with the HD Radio application, is the first unit to enable iPhone and iPod touch models to tune into HD Radio broadcasts, including HD2 and HD3 multicast channels. Exclusively available at RadioShack, the receiver enables HD2/HD3 channel reception, delivers Program Service Date (PSD), produces CD-like digital quality sound and gives consumers the freedom to operate the Apple device remotely. An iTunes Tagging button on the navigation control allows users to tag songs for future review and purchase on the App Store. The application software features an intuitive, user-friendly interface; a manual tune wheel or auto-seek option. Users can preview content airing on other channels and directly select a main station or HD2/HD3 channel stream. Favorite stations can be bookmarked. Also included in the app are iTunes Tagging and the ability to connect with friends through e-mail, Twitter and Facebook.