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    XM: Now What?

    Ok, let's assume the PCR market is on the eve of closing. I'm still in the market for XM.

    What should I buy to intigrate with my carputer? or should I just hold off until someone posts a mod to make a SkiFi into a PCR?
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    Hold off, because I will have a solution soon...as we are trying to go to market with our product this is a serious concern for us, and I will NOT let the discontinuation of the PCR get in the way...like I said in other posts....I knew of the possible discontinuing of the pcr awhile ago...just didnt know they would act so quick....so we have been looking into alternatives for over a month now. have faith though we have a good crew....between hybrid and all other individuals on mp3car.com we will solve the problem shortly....

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    Man you just know how to tease.... [IMG]http://www.xm411.com/phpbb/images/avatars/gallery/xm/calvin****ingamfm.gif[/IMG]

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    but what about the RIAA threat, could they sue you guys?

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    no because they offer a tuner for aftermarket use and if we make an interface for it we are no differant than a car stereo or OEM manufacturer communicating with thier product.....or even if we just gave the information for building it youself then we could not be held liable.

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    excuse my ignorance, if that is the case then, why did they threat (assuming) XM Radio for the PCR, I mean like you said, it is no differant than installing a power muffler in my car.

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    I can only assume that the PCR was discontinued because of the recent legal battles of the software that was designed to "Tivo" XM programs for later listening. That program as well as others that would allow you to capure the entire stream of audio and automatically seperate the songs into mp3s with full ID3 tags was frowned upon by the RIAA and the artests themselves who were having their songs AND concerts distributed. Again, I can only assume that this is their "simple" solution to head off the problem. If they quit releasing the PCRs it can't get worse than it already is, and if (as others have feared in other threads) they actually discontinue service TO the PCR then the problem is solved completely.

    I think you are correct in that the ability for the RIAA to sue because you've created a product that can be interfaced with the PC is slim. However, if you package it with software that will allow the downloading, then you are opening a can of worms. I would also warn that you should be quite careful in using parts from other XM radios in the creation of your own radio and trying to market it. Reverse engineering IS illegal and a sueable offence. Not to mention that there IS code on the components that allows for the decoding of the signal and with the gayness of the DCMA, it will probably be protected by it. That's my thoughts on the whole deal.
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    Reverse engineering IS illegal
    wait, I don't know the details of what the folks here are doing, but I don't think they are even reverse engineering the device (whatever it is), I think it is more in line with an "add-on". As far as I am aware, there is no law out there that prevents people from developing an "add-on" or enhancing a product.

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