Digital radio in your car: Just buy a new BMW

DAB+ digital radio in BMW 5, 6, 7 Series from May 2011

The BMW 7 Series can be optioned with a DAB+ digital radio stereo from May.

The BMW 7 Series can be optioned with a DAB+ digital radio stereo from May.

DAB+ digital radio is slowly making its way into cars, with an announcement on Friday that all new BMW 5 Series and 7 Series cars will be able to have DAB+ digital radios fitted as an option from May. The new BMW 6 Series sedan will have DAB+ digital radio available as an accessory from its launch.

Read our DAB+ digital radio buying guide.

BMW is the first automotive manufacturer to offer DAB+ digital radio as an option in Australia. Currently, the only way for Australian drivers to listen to digital radio in cars is the Pure Highway — an in-car device that picks up DAB+ transmissions and rebroadcasts them over FM, allowing a standard car stereo to tune in, albeit at the cost of DAB+'s sound quality advantage. DAB+ digital radio is currently only available in Australian capital cities Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth with trials underway in Canberra and Darwin.

When it becomes available in May, the BMW DAB+ digital radio option will cost $900 on 5 Series cars, and $750 on the 7 Series sedan.

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