Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to the questions we get asked the most, but if you need to know more, just email the Project Office.
How do I get my station onto this platform?
You don’t have to do anything. Radio stations are found by scanning FM and DAB, and shown in the station list, but without RadioDNS your station may not look as good or work as well as other stations.
What does it cost to use RadioDNS to make my station look and work better?
Nothing at all. There are no contracts or charges from either us or manufacturers. You might need to use a Service Provider to do the technology work to publish your information in our standards, but many offer a free tier of usage. Alternatively, you can do it yourself with our HOWTO guides.
What’s the benefit of doing this work?
Your station will stand out on the dashboard, above your competitors. It’ll be easier for listeners to find you, and they’ll get a better experience of listening to your station. If a listener puts you a preset, they can listen to you whenever/wherever they want. That all means more listening sessions, and longer time spent listening.
What RadioDNS services does the Audi support?
To give you some technical detail, the current level of support is:
- SPI – Station logos
- SPI – Streaming URL
- SPI – Station name (for FM services, when switched to streaming)
Can I find out who’s listening to my station?
No. There’s no personally identifiable information provided. You should look at our RadioTAG project, although this isn’t currently supported by the Audi platform.
Is this just reaching Audi cars?
The initial launch is with the Audi A8 in Europe, but RadioDNS will be integrated across the entire Audi range. Similar developments are happening at Audi’s sister companies – Volkswagen and Porsche. Launch into other territories is being planned, subject to broadcaster support.
Other automotive manufacturers are also integrating RadioDNS into their radio systems.