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HD Radio Sees ‘Artist Experience’ Expansion

Columbia, Md. — All major aftermarket autosound suppliers have adopted HD Radio’s Artist Experience feature in all of their HD Radio-equipped multimedia and navigation receivers, HD Radio developer iBiquity Digital said.

The head units display images and station logos matching the audio content being played. More than 1,150 HD Radio programs broadcast with Artist Experience images, and the broadcasts reach more than 200 million people nationwide, iBiquity said.

The head-unit suppliers supporting Artist Experience are Alpine, Clarion, Kenwood, Pioneer and Sony.

Their radios also receive digital FM HD2/HD3 channels and display program info such as song title and artist name. The Kenwood receivers add HD Radio’s Bookmark feature and display QR codes for saving songs and programs. Three Pioneer models support Emergency Alerts, which deliver emergency via HD Radio stations.

Almost 2,300 AM and FM stations have converted to HD Radio, and the FM stations offer more than 1,600 digital-only FM HD2/HD3 multicast channels reaching more than 90 percent of the U.S. population. More than 25 million HD Radio receivers are in use.