Playing the Zune HD Radio on Windows Phone 7

By Bill Hughes

Part of Windows Phone 7 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The FM radio in the Windows Phone is nice, but your phone may be set up to support HD radio — and that’s even better!

To get to the FM and HD radios, from the Zune Start screen, tap Radio. A radio tuner screen appears. If it happens not to be on an active radio station, it will automatically find one. If that particular FM station happens to have an HD offering, it will automatically go to HD1.

The music or talk station will play until you tap the arrow button or press the home button. Tapping the arrow button will return you to the Zune Start screen.

Just because this is the first radio station that you found doesn’t mean that you want to listen to it. Changing the radio station involves the following steps:

  1. Tap the station number.

    This brings up double arrowheads, which are tuning icons.

  2. To get a station with a high number, tap the arrows pointing to the right. To get a station with a lower number, tap the arrows pointing to the left.

    It doesn’t matter if the station is in FM or HD mode.

To get to the other HD stations, tap the HD number you want. For example, if you’re listening to HD1 and you want HD2, just tap on HD2.

It may take a second or two for the new HD station to get enough data to produce music. HD1 will play regular FM until it has enough data. HD2 and HD3 don’t have that convenience.