On June 29th the HD Radio Alliance began its latest campaign to increase consumer awareness about the benefits of HD radio. Their focus is on higher sound quality, the ability to tune in to a wider range of local stations, and the expected release of the first portable HD radio players in the end of Q3.
The next generation of Zune, Microsoft’s portable music player, will feature a touch screen, HD radio, web browser and HD video capabilities. The device will be called Zune HD and will offer the same Wi-Fi download capabilities that the Zune currently offers. It will be available this fall.
The X-Series Walkman from Sony is a video MP3 player that uses the latest in OLED technology. The Walkman features a 3-inch OLED screen with 180-degree viewing angle, a built-in digital noise cancelling technology that works with small microphones in the speakers to adjust based on ambient sounds, and mutliple connectivity options.
Memory-Tech, a Japanese CD manufacturer, has begun replicating client's music in glass. Memory-Tech claims that glass CDs, which they have dubbed “Crystal Discs”, sound better than their polycarbonate counterparts. The glass discs cost approximately $2000 each.