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      04-01-2010, 05:37 PM   #1
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BMW Makes HD Radio Standard In 2010


Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 1, 2010 – BMW of North America, LLC today announced that the launch of the 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan marks the first time BMW’s entire product line is equipped with standard digital HD Radio Technology entertainment systems. Most of the 2011 BMW model lineup featuring the upgraded technology started production this month and will be available at dealerships by June 2010.

HD Radio Technology enables exclusive HD2/HD3 channels – added sub-channels spun off the main radio frequency – which broadcast unique, new content for avid radio listeners in local markets. These channels are found directly adjacent to the main (HD1) station on the dial. Today, there are over 2,000 radio stations in the U.S. broadcasting with HD Radio Technology, more than 1,100 of which are airing the HD2/HD3 channels.

Superior sound quality is another one of the significant benefits of HD Radio technology. BMW customers hearing HD Radio broadcasts will experience CD-quality FM sound and FM-quality AM clarity with fewer static, pops or hisses.

BMW was one of the pioneering automotive OEMs to embrace HD Radio Technology by providing the entertainment upgrade as an option in select models in 2006. Since then, BMW has continued to expand its commitment by adding HD Radio Technology to more vehicles in its product lineup – and in 2007, BMW became the first automaker to offer factory-installed HD Radio receivers as an option across its entire product line, including the 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series, and the X3, X5 and Z4 models. In November 2008, BMW tested and validated the capability for broadcasting real-time traffic information via HD Radio stations.

For a complete, current list of HD Radio stations, please visit www.hdradio.com.
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      04-05-2010, 05:27 PM   #2
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This is very exciting. Many of us, who already drive a car with a HD radio, can recommend the BMW HD radio to others. Also, all of us who drive the exciting bi-turbo cars hope that BMW will finally go where it has never gone before, and shall announce the availability of a high pressure pump that will work as reliably as the car radios do.
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      04-05-2010, 06:21 PM   #3
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Which will be useless in Canada afaik. I would stick with Sirius.
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      04-05-2010, 06:29 PM   #4
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Thanks for making HD Radio standard 5 years too late...
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Thanks for making HD Radio standard 5 years too late...

+1, about freaking time.....
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I can't tell the difference anyways. Not that much clearer. I always thought it came standard, but I guess I'm wrong.
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I can't tell the difference anyways. Not that much clearer. I always thought it came standard, but I guess I'm wrong.
Me too, guess that shows how little I listen to the radio!
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ipod FTW... no need for radio when you have your tunes with you.

One thing BMW did do right was integrate ipods...
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ipod FTW... no need for radio when you have your tunes with you.

One thing BMW did do right was integrate ipods...

screw ipods, the USB integration is clutch! (although everyones doing that anymore)
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I guess I'm old school...I've never had an Ipod myself(gave to little cousins,friends etc as gifts) I stopped at my tape player shockwave walkman back in the days.....I will have to google HD radio to know what it is! I'm clueless about them...I still listen to AM radio in my car....(sports channels are all AM around here)

P.S My 1er didnt have I-Pod integration,nor 6 cd...the exhaust note was my soundtrack but my other cars have 6 cd,sirius,xm
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woah first they make windshields standard now, HD RADIO great job BMW!!!
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Does anybody know how to tune to HD2? I've tried to figure it out before, and didn't see it in the manual.
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its about time something becomes standard
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Been waiting for this...

I think this is really cool. I can noticeably tell the sound quality difference between my HD Radio and satellite. Some disagree though...
http://hdradionow.com
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