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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.
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    I've used it with 525.com for 525 Power Tracks through winamp without problem.

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    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.
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    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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    Oh yeah I'm using Verizon (Hence the Motorola Q)

    Im surprised you have good results using Bluetooth, I assumed that would be choppy...
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    No problems so far...
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    Quote 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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    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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    Quote 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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    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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