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September 22, 2011


Nick Piggott

I chair an open project called RadioDNS, which is creating open standards to bring together broadcast radio and the Internet to create a better experience of broadcast radio.

The problem you describe is one several broadcasters have recognised, and have developed a proposal within RadioDNS to allow cell phones to be more agile at switching between broadcast radio and IP streaming. It means you can write an app which looks the same and works the same as a normal radio station streaming app, but it can use FM radio in the cellphone if it finds it. It can also switch automatically between broadcast radio and streaming as the quality of the signal changes. You can see a demo on this YouTube video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1t0FFGpAnM

We have broadcasters and manufacturers from the US, Europe and Australia involved in the project, and we welcome new people to get involved. The project website is at http://radiodns.org

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