Ford introduces HD Radio with iTunes tagging

If there’s one techie motor company, it’ll have to Ford Motors.

Early this month, the Dearborn, Michigan-based auto company announced that they’ll be turning their vehicles into Wi-Fi hotspots with the 2010 release of their second generation Sync in-car connectivity system.

Today, Ford Motor announced that starting 2010, consumers who’ll be purchasing their cars will also be getting a factory-installed HD Radio receiver with iTunes Tagging capabiites.

In a press release, Ford said that through the Sync system, “iTunes Tagging will provide Ford customers with the ability to capture a song they hear on the HD Radio receiver for later purchase. With a simple push of the ‘TAG’ button on the radio display, the song information will be stored in the radio’s memory.”

“Up to 100 tags can be stored on Sync until the iPod is connected to receive the download of metadata. When the iPod is then synced to iTunes, a playlist of ‘tagged’ songs will appear. Customers then can preview and, if desired, purchase and download tagged songs from the iTunes Store,” the release further explains.


HD Radio now iPhone and iPod Touch

Credit: RadioShack

Some people might be complaining of the lack of radio capability of the iPhone and the iPod touch, but the competition such as the Zune HD is banking on this, having one advantage over the king of MP3 players.

However, with the iPod Touch and iPhone’s amazing flexibility with regards to third-party accessories, fans of the Apple player can now sit back and enjoy what it couldn’t do before.

The Gigaware In-Line Remote with HD Radio brings makes it possible for users of the iPhone and iPod Touch to access their favorite radio stations, allowing for crystal-clear music minus the subscription fees. The In-Line Remote can be connected via the iPhone or the iPod Touch’s dock connector and it replicates the click wheel of the iPod for easy music control.

This accessory also displays track info such as title and artist on the iPod screen and the iTunes Tagging allows users to “tag” the songs you hear on the radio so that you can easily purchase it iTunes.

The Gigaware In-Line Remote with HD Radio is available in the market for $80.

Take that HD Zune! 😉


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