We’ve just got off the blower with the BBC folk that are working on a gadget which could add DAB radio to any MP3 player.
Details are sketchier than a Rolf Harris show at the moment, but the plan is to make the widget compatible with as many players as possible, and hopefully phones and cars too. How it will actually connect is a mystery given today’s diversity of dock connectors, USB jacks and the like; the only constant we can think of is the headphone jack.
The clip-on won’t necessarily be made by the Beeb and may even eschew a BBC badge, as the main idea behind the project is to spread the gospel and pleasures of DAB radio stations. Like 1Xtra, 6 Music and BBC 7, say.
Given how difficult it can be to pick up a portable DAB radio for a decent price (the Oono MiniDAB pictured above is one of the few) this will come as very good news to fans of the good old wireless.
The BBC spokes-chappy we spoke to couldn’t given a date for launch, though he did admit the BBC would love to launch it before Christmas this year.
Simon Nelson’s Radio, Music and Interactive department is developing the gadget, which we’ll be following closely. More soon hopefully…