That seems like a lot of work just to be able to listen to internet radio in your car.I do. I have a Sierra Wireless 595U usb modem from Sprint connected to a Cradlepoint CTR-350 EVDO router in my car. Powered using the cigarette lighter adapter. This creates a wifi hotspot in my car. Then I connect using my ipod touch and with the help of a free app called FStream, I am able to listen to internet radio in my car. I stream digitally imported radio using the aac+ streams at bitrates of 24k (which do sound good).
It's worth it.That seems like a lot of work just to be able to listen to internet radio in your car.
But I don't think it will catch on for ONE very simple reason. We've got sat radio, at the MOST costing $16.99 a month. The wireless companies data packages are rape, costing at LEAST $60 a month. Now if the only thing I'm using it for is music, I'm either gonna pick satellite radio at $16.99 a month, or Slacker's portable solution. I just can't justify spending the $60 a month on JUST music, plus the expensive broadband card and router. Then, if it doesn't work too well (the cell phone company sucks in your area, for example) you're stuck in a two year contract that sat radio doesn't have.It's worth it.
Actually I would say that the setup is quite similar as far as work goes.
Mount sat antenna to car roof and route it into the car.
Plug radio to cigarette lighter.
Plug radio to car stereo.
Mount iPod Touch.
Place EVDO router with the broadband card connected on the rear package tray.
Plug router to cigarette lighter.
Plug iPod Touch to cigarette lighter.
Plug iPod Touch to car stereo.
This requires two things to be plugged in for power vs. sat radio of only one.
Just some other things id throw out there.
Sat radio is ready to go after about 2 seconds after you power it on.
Internet radio is ready to go after about 15-20 seconds after you power up the router.
Sat radio costs $12.95 per month plus the cost of hardware which can be as cheap as $20 to as high as $400.
Internet radio in the car costs $60 per month plus the cost of hardware which can be $500. (Less expensive if you use a mobile phone since you will not need a router or iPod Touch but still something like $200).
Sat radio is cheaper and easier than internet radio for the car. But like I said earlier, it's worth it (to me)
You don't need wifi to stream with the Slacker portable device. The device just downloads a crap load of songs to the device. So you can listen without a internet connection. I prefer this method myself. You will need a internet connection somewhere to refresh the music at times though. Having my Slacker G2 is internet radio "on the go" - car, gym, etc......Just wondering. Bubba mentioned this morning that if Sirius XM and him do not make a deal, that he would do a podcast thing.
Is anyone marketing a system for doing just that? Would Slacker work?