Zunes must be as popular as HD radios as I've never even heard of it. I'm listening to last.fm right now, no cutouts, no interference, got it hooked to my Marantz 2385, 185 WRMS per channels continuous driven @ 8 ohms, 240 @ 4 with double large advents, sounds great.
I'm listening to:mms://220.127.116.11/kfxm8661
I leave it on for days without the least bit of interference, multipath, HD hash, rebuffering or dropouts. KFXM-LP (analog) comes in perfectly clear 24/7 from 3000 miles away on the internet. No HD radio necessary.
I guess you don't leave home very often. Not all of us are homebound. Its nice to be able to listen to a radio in my car while I'm traveling.
"I guess" you don't travel very far for fear of loosing the digital HD signal.
Freedom is the opposite of being bound. It's nice to have freedom of choice. "The American way".
That crack about being "home bound" is even more out of touch then it sounds with what AT&T has planned for 3G AND
the 700 Mhz spectrum.
Read about it here:http://www.forbes.com/wireless/2008/02/07/ATT-3G-wireless-tech-wire-cx_ew_0227att.html
They already have a chunk of the 700 Mhz spectrum and are building out capabilities to: " use the spectrum for mobile broadcasts or to provide more capacity for existing services", as the article states. A 3G iPhone is on the way.
The point is that the ability to hear internet radio wirelessly and while being mobile (like riding in a car) is advancing rapidly.
If Microsoft is smart they'll forget HD Radio (if they're even thinking about it at all) and go directly to 3G or WiMax with the Zune.