DAB radios being sold in the shops today will not be able to receive any of the many new stations that will launch using the new “AAC+” format in the coming years. Many of the new AAC+ radios will probably launch within the next three years, some as early as summer/autumn 2007:

“How quickly it will be before AAC+ is used on DAB is dependent on the proportion of DAB receivers in the UK market that support the new DAB standard. The good news is that DAB is still in the relatively early stages of growth, and sales are forecast to really take off over the next few years.”