iBiquity has recently announced that Subaru of America will offer HD Radio Technology on the Premium Radio package in the 2011 Forester, making the automaker the first Japanese brand to offer the digital technology.
The benefits for drivers are significant, which include crystal-clear sound quality (AM sounds like FM, FM sounds like a CD), additional local digital only FM channels (HD2/HD3/HD4), and program service data (name of songs and artists displayed on the radio screen).
In addition, Subaru will be one of the first automakers to offer iTunes Tagging.
HD Radio Technology is available nationwide, with more than 2,000 digital stations on-air, and an additional 1,250 HD2/HD3/HD4 digital only channels that broadcast fresh new content that can only be heard with an HD Radio receiver.
A sampling of the formats on these extra channels, which vary in different markets around the country, include Dance/Electronica, Bluegrass Country, Comedy, Local Music, Chill/Coffee Shop Music, South Asian, Talk, News, Sports and so much more.