Tagging HD Radio Songs

Soon, if you like a song that you hear on your HD Radio in a Ford, you’ll be able to “tag” it so that you’ll know the artist and title in case you want to buy it later on, notes USA Today.

Among the new features in the 2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid is a handsfree Sync system, including this one with an Apple iPod plugged in.

Pushing the “Tag” button on the receiver records information on the selection. The automaker says it will be the world’s first implementation of iTunes tagging in a factory-installed HD Radio when it arrives next year on select Ford vehicles. The next time you sync your iPod to your computer, your tagged songs will show up in a playlist called “Tagged”. So you can click, download and buy the songs you want directly from the Apple® iTunes Music Store.

Up to 100 tags can be stored on the Ford Sync connectivity system in your car until an Apple iPod is connected to receive the download of the memorized data. When the iPod is connected to Apple’s iTunes, a playlist of “tagged” songs will appear. Customers then can preview and, if desired, purchase and download tagged songs from the iTunes Store.

All HD Radio-enabled receivers in Ford vehicles also will provide “program service data” –- information that appears on the radio screen and includes song title, artist name and more. The Radio Data System, or RDS, is a communications protocol standard for embedding small amounts of digital information in conventional FM radio broadcasts. According to iBiquity’s website the “HD” is simply a brand name and has no meaning.

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