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    I second Chut's thoughts. I'd like to run a nice frontend like mediacar but I need my XM!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gork
    My email is [email protected]. If you'd like to use me as a referrer, that would be really nice since apparently I would get a free month of service :-) Just shoot me an email and I'll put your address in the form so you can save your $20 too. Man if I'd have known this, I'd have gotten the XMPCR for $30! -- what a steal. My friend who has XM could have referred me. It's also my paypal address if you feel the need to spur development I know QuickCarl asked about it


    By the way, I added the TOSLINK optical output kit from xmfanstore to my XMPCR. It makes a world of difference! There is no popping when the radio turns off and on and no awful interference from my car -- the radio was picking up something from the electrical that made it whine when i accelerated...
    Gork,
    what sound card do you use to connect the XMPCR optical. I just purchased the Soundblaster MP3+ USB since it has SPDIF optical IN/OUT but the optical in can only be used for recording and not for playback. At least I was able to confirm my XMPCR optical out is functional. Do you know if the optical input on the USB Extigy can be used for playack?

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    XM files to USB Keyfob HardDrive

    Hi Gork, and others!

    I'm a newbie to the site, but a longtime carPC enthusiast. Anyway, I am testing your XM software, and I wanted to know if you had ever thought of a way to incorporate it to "auto record" to something like a USB keyfob hard drive (something with non moving parts and that can work off low voltage while car is off) based on user settings for artist, title, or channel.

    This way you can record all your favorites when they come on XM (since it's always broadcasting and receiving) and you have WAV or MP3 files waiting for you! Kinda like XM-TIVO if you think about it!

    Anyone else think they can find a use for this and a way to put it together?
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    Recording the broadcast for any purpose is against the XM terms of service. While I don't necessarily agree with XM on that point, I don't think I want to be the one to fight that battle, especially considering that XM is being very encouraging and supportive of third party developers.

    The idea; however, is solid and has been discussed in depth over at XMFan. You will; however, find the same attitude over there -- nobody wants to test the good relationship between XM and third party developers. In this respect and with the release of the XM-PCR, XM has shown themselves to be a progressive and forward-minded company. Perhaps eventually, XM will recognize the benefit of time-shifted radio programming and we can open the floodgates. Personally, I think it'd be acceptible to XM if an author could provide reasonable controls to ensure that a recording can only be played on a computer currently attached to the radio that recorded it and that radio has a current XM subscription. Such a system could easily be achieved with a time dependent RCA algorighm and a daily broadcast of the current private key to decrypt a saved stream.

    Anyway, I'm getting a little deeper here that is probably necessary -- the short version of what I'm trying to say is that you probably won't find a lot of public talk of work being done on "PRR" (like PVR, get it?) software for XM, but that's not to say *someone* isn't working on it. I think that someone or some company could come to an agreement with XM on what is really acceptable and produce some software that does this, but AFAIK, nobody has started anything like this yet either.
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    chut:

    My app will be released under the GPL when it's done, so if coyote has a compatible license for his software (GPL, BSD, etc.) then he'd be free to inorporate it, as everyone will be. I'd like to see more open source win32 carpc software out there, so hopefully folks who want to integrate XM into their software will see that the easiest path is to open up a little bit in order to integrate my code. Everyone wins

    EBJUSTIN:

    I use a SB Audigy2 NX which will happily mix the digital optical input into the outputs (analog and digital). I am fairly sure the Extigy will do this too. I know you can buy refurbished Extigy's direct from Creative pretty cheap, so this is a good way to go. Digital output from the XM-PCR makes a huge difference for me in the car -- I was getting all sorts of feedback with the analog output. I don't think the DAC in the XM-PCR is very good. The digital output sounds 1000% better!
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    GORK! your still alive! I hope your app is coming along nicely I was worried that you had given up on us. I am still using your initial test version everyday. (sorry but I have had a little to drink, I hope I don't sound too un-intelligent ) I can't wait for the next version, or even better yet if it gets into MediaCar at some point!!

    I have just ordered a soundblaster Extigy, and will be ording the digital output for my xmpcr shortly) I will let everyone know if this clears up my crappy XM sound quality, I hope so because these investments aren't that cheap for my budget.
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    [QUOTE=MeanGT]GORK! your still alive! I hope your app is coming along nicely I was worried that you had given up on us. I am still using your initial test version everyday. (sorry but I have had a little to drink, I hope I don't sound too un-intelligent ) I can't wait for the next version, or even better yet if it gets into MediaCar at some point!!
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    You bet I am still alive Just busy at work this time of year and holidays coming up and being out of town a lot, yaknow -- I have had a little progress this last month on the XM software -- the interface is coming along, though nothing is really working at all yet.. I had a couple people contact me to help with some design work but nobody's come through with anything yet.. I should get back to the car stuff full force after the first of the year for sure. I have a birght little Lilliput screen here I'm dying to replace my GAIN unit with ...

    Anyway, if theres anyone else out there who knows Macromedia flash who might be willing to help, it might shave a week or two off the timeframe Please contact me if you'd be interested..

    Good luck with your digital output. It really does make a world of difference!
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    Programmer as well


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    Hi Gork,
    I reinstalled my OS on my carpc and have run into a little problem. I have reinstalled the VB 6.0 Run time kit and run the xmpcr executable, but where there used to be readable characters I'm getting symbols and solid blocks on all the displays. This sounds like a missing font to me but don't know for sure which has to be installed for this app to work.......can you let me know?

    Thanks!
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    umm...never mind again?
    I had the wrong port setup in the registry...I was receiving the nmea string from my gps.

    All better now!



    Quote Originally Posted by chut
    Hi Gork,
    I reinstalled my OS on my carpc and have run into a little problem. I have reinstalled the VB 6.0 Run time kit and run the xmpcr executable, but where there used to be readable characters I'm getting symbols and solid blocks on all the displays. This sounds like a missing font to me but don't know for sure which has to be installed for this app to work.......can you let me know?

    Thanks!
    Peter
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