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jimmyisland said:
is it possible to use Microsoft Zune HD to receive HD radio? anyone got experience?
Just registered to say yes, it's possible. Here's a pic of what Zune HD's radio interface looks like while playing an HD station: http://twitpic.com/kw5ap

I was also reading a thread over in the Zune forums (http://forums.zune.net/0/1/588262/ShowPost.aspx#588262) that was talking about Zune-capable head units and this Kenwood unit was mentioned http://www.kenwoodusa.com/Car_Entertainment/In-Dash_CD_n_DVD_Receivers/1-DIN_CD_Receiver/KIV-BT900
 

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Thanks for the welcome! Yeah, no I don't think the HD would be able to do that. I read through the thread and didn't understand that he was looking to specifically connect it to a particular head unit as opposed to just wondering if the Zune HD had HD radio capability that could be used via JUST aux. I was seeing the other units mentioned in the thread and got confused. I know SoundGate's CORE system allows you to tuck away older Zune modes and control your Zune with a wired FOB, but I don't think it supports the HD and the older Zunes don't have HD radio. Still that solution doesn't interface with the steering wheel controls so much as seek to go around them. I also don't think the USB port will recognize any Zune. From what I know Ford's Sync platform, the Camero, and the Kenwood unit I just mentioned support Zune audio playback at this moment. But I could be very wrong. And I still don't know if that includes radio, lol...

I remember reading that some of the '11 GM vehicles would get Zune support so perhaps newer Terrains will be compatible?
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@gearhead
HD radio is pretty cool. It's like regular radio only better sounding. When compared to XM or Sirius you don't get nearly as much selection, because you're still limited to the same frequency bands as regular FM. But like in the picture, you do get sub channels for some stations. A few people are looking to plug their Zunes into their cars, sync via wi-fi and forget, so yeah I'm trying to keep up on the head unit news too. So I guess a Zune HD + Zune capable head unit is the next best thing.

@SnowItch
So the Terrain will recognize some Zunes but not others? I just read ecolodge's issue about the Zune 8 being finicky (http://www.terrainforum.net/index.php?topic=217.0). But any other reports? I'll ask and see if I can get a list of what vehicles are supported. Also (off topic) what don't you like about the Zune software (PM maybe?)?
 

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@dsulli37
I'm confused what do Pioneer units have to do with what I mentioned? So far I've mentioned Kenwood. Is there something special about Pioneer I should know?

@gearhead
Have some fun with your HD project!

@SnowItch
I'm wondering if the Zune compatibility is the difference in the head units between the Terrain and the Equinox? I was reading up on the two cars and Wikipedia says they share the same design platform (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_Theta_platform) but is it possible that they have different electronics? Or is is it that different types of Zunes within the Terrain model family do not work?
 
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