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  • Anyone streaming audio to their car?

    I subscibe to Microsoft/MTV Urge. Its a $10/month service which allows me to stream their entire (for the most part) library of music (Which I believe is comparable, if not better, than iTunes -- I've never not found anything)

    So I recently got my Motorola Q hooked up to my carPC as a tethered USB modem and last night installed Urge and it actually worked REALLY WELL (no skipping).

    I was wondering if anyone else is using their CarPC with a streaming media service? How were the results? I'd like to see some integration with a front end (I use Centrafuse)!

    You can download Urge @ www.urge.com and try it free for two weeks. It is also bundled with Windows Media Player 11.
    B Smoov
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    I've used it with 525.com for 525 Power Tracks through winamp without problem.

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    Jan Bennett
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    • #3
      I've got some saved playlists of some streaming stations that I'll use occassionally, but I'm only using EDGE so most of the time bandwidth isn't there to really consistently stream decent quality music, talk radio usually works fairly well.
      Nick
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      • #4
        I have used Shoutcast thru Winamp and I have enjoyed it....

        I have a Nokia 3250 Cellphone hooked up thru T-Mobile's T-Zones service thru a bluetooth 2.0 dongle in my carputer. Everything runs on EDGE aswell on my setup but I stream music at 192khz with no problems usually.... 128khz is a breez, no matter what it is.... I havent tried video yet but I cant imagine it would be smooth at all...
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        • #5
          Oh yeah I'm using Verizon (Hence the Motorola Q)

          Im surprised you have good results using Bluetooth, I assumed that would be choppy...
          B Smoov
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          Next Step: TIVO for Radio

          Ampie Case :: MII10000 Mobo :: M1-ATX PSU :: 512MB RAM :: 2.5" HD, 60GB, 5400rpm, 16MB Buffer :: DWW-700H :: Centrafuse

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          • #6
            No problems so far...
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            Finally Installed!!
            Everything is in the car and working.
            I painted the cilpboard mount and it looks good.
            Shutdown/Startup is working excellent!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by buurin View Post
              Oh yeah I'm using Verizon (Hence the Motorola Q)

              Im surprised you have good results using Bluetooth, I assumed that would be choppy...
              I haven't tried any streaming yet but I don't see why BT would make it choppy. I would guess that the bottleneck would be your connection speed. Even BT 1.1 can transfer at 723 kb/s, which should be just as fast as any wireless broadband you can get. I guess your handset might make a difference too.

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              • #8
                I use orb.com to stream TV through Verizons EVDO which can transfer much faster than BT so the bottleneck would be the BT connection.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by buurin View Post
                  I was wondering if anyone else is using their CarPC with a streaming media service? How were the results? I'd like to see some integration with a front end (I use Centrafuse)!
                  I use both Enhanced cellular and EVDO without problems. I've run enhanced for over 5 years and it does 128bps as long as nothing else is running (96 works with RR perfectly). EVDO does up to 160bps with everything else running in my system.

                  Why pay for a service when there's so much content out there free? Winamp Library has a plethora of free streaming content built-in and also has a plugin for me to "Orb" music, pictures, and videos from my home network.

                  As far as integration is concerned, I and several others have skinned Winamp Library into RR or embedded it as an external app. Otherwise, I have winamp playlists created for several moods/genres/continents to suit my taste. I just open my playlist browser, select the appropriate internet radio playlist and it plays in the audio browser just like my local mp3s do. With a little snooping, just about anything you can get streamed into WMP can be added to a playlist.

                  I have discussed some of my workarounds and tweaks for internet radio for RR in other threads - primarily updating "trackname" with ATF code but that never got very far.
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                  • #10
                    I've been using gloonet, set up on my home computer. It allows me to select artist, song, playlist, whatever, and stream it at a bitrate of my choice. I can change it for areas where I get better coverage.

                    I think this is much better than shoutcast, because with shoutcast you can't choose songs.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by gthing View Post
                      I've been using gloonet, set up on my home computer. It allows me to select artist, song, playlist, whatever, and stream it at a bitrate of my choice. I can change it for areas where I get better coverage.

                      I think this is much better than shoutcast, because with shoutcast you can't choose songs.
                      But that's the point. I want to hear new music, different music, stuff that I've never heard/heard of before. If I wanted to listen to stuff I knew I'd play my mp3s. I enjoy introducing songs to my community and hearing back from my peeps 3-6 months later saying, "Remember that song XXXXX that you turned us on to six months ago, well I just heard it on the radio and told my coworkers I've been listening to that for a while " Every now and then you can get 2-3 months ahead of the crowd from XM or Sirius, but I listen to internet radio from many different places, regions, countries, continents. Hell when I was backpacking across Europe two years ago, a Greek kid turned me on to a Inet Radio station in Spain that played South American HipHop that was outstanding. Those tuned don't get here for up to a year, sometimes never, but me and my peeps are "Bumpin' my music!" I even have a couple local DJs that call every other month or so to see what might be hot for the upcoming season.

                      Shoutcast isn't the only game in town, its just the easiest, most integrated (into Winamp, at least), and self updating source for radio stations. Like I said before, almost any INet stream can be loaded into a winamp playlist; its just so easy to open the library, select a genre, and peruse a list of over 100 available stations.
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                      • #12
                        Using streetdeck with yahoo launchcast integration through verizon wireless data card. I signed up for the 3.95/mth yahoo launchcast radio membership...it allows cd quality stream along with unlimited song skip. The song skip is the key to the best streaming radio...along with the rating system you end of having a station that plays the music you want to hear. You can even adjust how often it introduces new music.
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                        • #13
                          How much do you have to pay for cellular data services? Streaming audio must must use quite a bit of bandwidth...

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                          • #14
                            I pay 60 a month and I can stream audio fine to my laptop...as long as I'm not in the faster areas.
                            Jan Bennett
                            FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                            Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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                            • #15
                              Rhapsody user here... essentially works the same way as Urge. The one thing it does that I'm not sure if other subscription services do (I have not tried others so I'm not sure) is it automatically detects bandwidth everytime you connect and adjusts the bitrate of the streamed files accordingly. Also a great library of music... over 2 million tracks, including MY band, so you know they have EVERYTHING.
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