Does anyone listen to live internet streams in their car?

Discussion in 'Podcasts' started by Scales, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. Scales

    Scales Member

    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?
  2. thegame310

    thegame310 Member

    Slacker would work I believe if you had WiFi

    If you have a Smart Phone with Data Package you would be able to listen to the streams I believe, that's what I'm looking at doing anyway.
  3. Scales

    Scales Member

    Cool, thanks!

    I have read that they are installing what is needed into some new vehicles in Europe, so I would think it is just a matter of time until we start seeing more of that kind of thing available on this side of the pond. TSS Radio could expand their business with these kinds of products.
  4. AZDude

    AZDude Member

    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).
  5. snakester

    snakester Member

    That seems like a lot of work just to be able to listen to internet radio in your car.
  6. AZDude

    AZDude Member

    It's worth it. ;)

    Actually I would say that the setup is quite similar as far as work goes.

    Sat radio:

    Mount radio.
    Mount sat antenna to car roof and route it into the car.
    Plug radio to cigarette lighter.
    Plug radio to car stereo.

    Internet radio:

    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)
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2008
  7. mrpacs

    mrpacs Well-Known Member

    I listen to Pandora in the car.
  8. snakester

    snakester Member

    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.

    The only way I can see this being a real option is if you get a really elaborate Car-PC going.
  9. AZDude

    AZDude Member

    I agree. And to be honest, I think it's better that it stays that way for a while. The reason is because right now cell towers don't have the capacity to sustain thousands of people streaming on one tower. If that happened, then I would be getting constant buffering on my radio. In my opinion, it's fine the way it is now. Don't get me wrong I do want it to grow, it just should grow at a gradual pace.

    I don't have a problem with any kind of radio, yes even AM/FM. I want it all to survive. I had both XM & Sirius at one time but dropped both in favor of mobile internet (mostly) and that the channels no longer satisfied my needs. Sure, I was mad at first but realized that changes happen. Plus I just like the concept of mobile Internet better. It's not for everyone and that's what makes everything good. :)
  10. 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......

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