Ford offering HD Radio on all models

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Today Ford announced that it will join BMW as one of the few automakers offering HD Radio in its cars. Whereas BMW offers the high-def device on just a few of its cars, Ford is jumping in with both feet and offering it in most Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models for 2008, though declined to mention which models would go without. HD Radio can also be retrofitted to most 2005, 2006 and 2007 FoMoCo models as well, since it’s a dealer-installed option.

Unlike Satellite Radio, HD Radio is free. You just need a receiver, and there are currently more than 1,500 radio stations in the U.S. broadcasting in HD. Along with better sound quality, HD Radio also allows more additional data to be sent through the airwaves, like text and even additional channels called HD2 multicasts stations that piggyback regular HD channels. Unfortunately, Ford didn’t reveal pricing in its press release, which can be read after the jump.

[Source: Ford]

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