I've been without a radio in the car for 2+ years. Never looked back...
Yep! As for me, I don't think I'll be getting HD or SAT.. actually no radio for me. I've been thinking about it for a while now and I think I could do without it. I mean, it's been the same thing everyday for me since I only listen to a couple of stations and if there is some new music I wanna listen to, I just look it up online. Even just going on mtv to look at stuff you get a basic idea of what's good or what's not.
I feel like mtv is kinda like kiis fm too. very pop and not a lot of other stuff.
well, rock on! (to whatever you guys feel like.)
There are manufacturers out there that offer 'turn-key' HD tuner solutions. They are basically a TI DRI200 (HD Radio) chip, and tuner on a board. Unfortunately, an adapter to the computer would be required, as they are usually controlled via an I2C interface. Also, these companies usually only sell in large lots, so someone would have to develop a market to sell the units, to make it worth it. The easier option, would be to make a serial or USB adapter to an add-on unit, like the Kenwood one. I have seen threads on here where people are reverse engineering the Kenwood changer control signals, so they can control an mp3 player or some such device with their kenwood head unit, but I imagine the opposite would be possible as well.
OT: I know I'm new to the forum, but I have noticed this happen a LOT so far. Someone asks if something is possible, and instead of yes or no answers, or pointers to more information, the threads are chock full of 'Why would you want that' or 'I don't need that, so why would you?' responses. Obviously the OP was interested in whether this was a possibility, not whether you listened to your radio for the last 2 years.
XM quality is garbage. I hear Sirius is even less at 32kbps. On a stock stereo you wouldnt probably notice. If you have a SQ system, there is undoubtedly a huge difference.
I have XM, but i rarely listen to the music stations...mostly just talk which is fine at 64kbps.
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XM is higher than 64kbps. They limit their online stream to 64kbps though.