When you think of technological innovation your mind rarely jumps to radio, but for the start of the Proms this year, BBC Radio 3 will see a significant boost to the quality of its audio streams.
For the first time, Radio 3 listeners will be able to experience the Proms streamed in FLAC lossless audio, as opposed to the current AAC-LC codec at 320kbs used for the station.
Unfortunately the higher quality streams will not be available through your radio (either internet or otherwise), or through any internet radio apps such as TuneIn. The trial will only be available through the desktop version of the website.
A big step forward
After the jump from analogue to digital, the world of radio has felt very static in terms of its technology. Newer technologies like Internet Radio and DAB+ have appeared, but these have failed to reach mass adoption with consumers.
The main issue has been the circumstances under which people listen to the radio. Most radio listening occurs in vehicles on the road, and people are unlikely to prioritise radio technologies when buying a new car.
Additionally, 3G coverage is still not good enough on roads to be able to have a completely reliable mobile internet radio connection.
The new trial from the BBC is unlikely to change this, but it should at least be a great benefit for anyone listening along with the Proms at home.