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article imageDigital Radio to Launch in Australia

By David Goldsmith     Aug 5, 2009 in Technology
Thursday 6th of August will see the official nationwide launch of DAB+ transmissions in Australia, celebrated with a big outdoor broadcast in each major city by most major radio personalities.
Digital radio has been broadcasting throughout Australia since January this year in various forms but tomorrow sees the official launch.
Radio personalities from each state will be gathering together in various locations to celebrate the national launch of next generation radio. The broadcasts will be taking place between the hours of 5.30 and 9.00am:
Sydney - Martin Place
Melbourne - Federation Square
Brisbane - Reddacliff Place
Adelaide - Victoria Square
Perth - Forrest Place
DAB+ is a more advanced version of the digital radio system used in countries such as the UK and Germany, which have yet to upgrade from their DAB systems.
Unlike DAB which uses an audio codec known as mp2, even more archaic than MP3 and normally broadcast at such a low quality as to sound at least as bad as FM radio, DAB+ uses the AAC codec, the same one used to encode iTunes store content.
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