[STORK] A gadget wish
jbone at deepfile.com
Wed Apr 16 12:00:49 PDT 2003
So as mentioned previously I've been listening to a lot of radio
lately. And while the content's a lot better than I expected it to be
after the radio wasteland of the late 90s, the medium itself aggravates
the hell out of me; we HAVE the technology to make radio a reasonable
medium, why the fsck don't we use it? Here's a few meandering thoughts
on the gadget I want in my car / home to make this stuff workable...
Points along the way:
A buddy of mine has an Empeg. If you're not familiar with it, it's an
MP3 player for your car. Yawn. But this one is a little Linux box w/
a really nice domain-specific (and programmable) UI. It rocks,
literally. Nice box, but that doesn't help radio does it?
Then you've got the XM radio stuff. Fine, but I refuse to use it for
various political-technical reasons. But sure, it's nice because
you're getting a richer stream.
Tivo: Tivo makes TV usable. No shit. It's the best gadget I've ever
used. (I would say second, putting my TiBook first, but TiBook is
something beyond mere gadget. Regardless, Tivo's the best "new
category" device ever, IMHO.) Now where's Tivo for radio?
Then you've got e.g. Phillips Streamium.
Somewhere, lurking in all those ideas applied to different media, is a
Basically, what I want in my car is a Tivo for radio. I want something
that records and buffers the tuned stream, or maybe monitors and
captures stuff using some sort of categorical filter on several
channels in the background. I want a simple set of features:
* tune radio broadcasts
* BONUS: tune WiFi or wired streams if available
* pause, rewind, etc. a "buffer" of what I'm listening to
* record what I'm listening to
* display the artist etc. metadata for current song
* store and organize recorded songs on device (fair use!)
* wirelessly access songs on box from elsewhere via 802.11foo (legal
Is that so much to ask?
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