The BBC is rumoured to be planning a DAB plug-in gadget to give MP3 players DAB functionality. And I’m guessing there’s some substance to this rumour, as the story originated on the BBC website!
Plans are said to be at an early stage, with no firm details for the capabilities of the gadget or how much it will cost. However, speaking about the plan for the gadget, a BBC spokesman said the broadcaster was carrying out feasibility studies to see how easy it would be to make and market the clip-on gadget: "We have a duty to make sure digital radio is relevant and clearly portable MP3 players are a massive area of growth," he said.
The gadget isn’t going to be limited to playing the BBC digital radio stations – and there could be versions for mobile phones too – which would make sense, with most phones being music players these days. The BBC spokesman wouldn’t name potential partners, but said the corporation "would like to get something out sooner rather than later."
We’ll keep you posted.
Via The BBC
By Dave Walker | August 11th, 2006