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by GR38 / March 5, 2013 8:32 AM PST


First off, as far as where I fit on the tech savvy scale, I'm pretty close to the bottom. So all of you who answer my concerns are going to know way more than I do--which is why I'm here.
Some months ago I purchased a Logitech Squeezebox
Radio, and together with a wi-fi router, I'm enjoying the
wide, wide world of Internet Radio in my home--no longer
a slave to commercial radio and the confines of local FM.
When I went shopping for the same thing to put into my
car, the limitations were immediately apparent: at the
present time, the only way you can access in a car what I
have in my home is with a combination of bluetooth and
smartphone technology. Well, I'm pretty sure I'll never
have a smartphone(I use my pretty basic cellphone
strictly to talk on)--call me "old-fashioned", but that's the
way it's going to be.
I can't believe the solution to my car audio wish list is not
available. Can it be that difficult to achieve? Does any-
body care(I can't believe all you "techies" out there don't
wish for a simpler, seamless system than what exists
now)? I've heard that one roadblock is that the auto
companies, because they don't want the competition
from satellite radio developing such a technology, are
exerting pressure on the car audio manufacturers to
"stay within the box".
Whatever the reason(s), when can I expect to be able to
buy what I want, without all the intermediate steps that
exist now?
Thanks for your responses.


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When the patent system changes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2013 10:01 AM PST

As it stands today, if you had a system to do what you want, my bet there is a mine field of patents (and trolls) to navigate.

Some folk don't get why that's an issue. They think "hey, this is possible, why not?" and then get a little upset at why this is blocked.

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Internet Radio For Cars
by GR38 / March 5, 2013 11:41 PM PST


Thanks for your response.

I'm certainly not knowledgeable concerning patents, except that they are
a necessary part of the invention of products process. But, whatever
it took to get my home system to market should also be possible, and
no more difficult, relatively speaking(since it goes in a car instead of the
home) for a car system.

Can you shed any light on this?



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when can I expect to be able to buy what I want, without
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 6, 2013 12:09 AM PST

" when can I expect to be able to buy what I want, without all the intermediate steps that exist now?"

I see Kees has noted an item but google this -> MP3CAR to discover a long running effort on car audio systems. I work in some commercial engineering company and my view is that with the current climate, it's going to be awhile unless you can use something and make it yourself.

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Re: Internet radio in car
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 5, 2013 11:58 PM PST

- First you need internet in your car. That's a 3G device (unless WiFi is available everywhere you drive). That's a smartphone or a tablet.
- Then you need some program that can connect to Internet and play music. That's an app, unless it's hardware. Apps run on smartphones or tablets. is one, although I don't see why a 3G-iPad wouldn't work.

If not happy with the sound quality of your device you need a connection between it and your car audio. That can be bluetooth or a cable, like you use to connect mp3-player to your car audio.

If it's not available in one box with the same form factor as a car audio, well, that''s more a question of marketing and sales predictions then a technical issue. And if it's isn't available, you can't buy it, whatever your expectations. So it's time to contact the makers of car audio systems and suggest them to start making it. They will have at least one customer!


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Internet Radio For Cars
by GR38 / March 6, 2013 1:41 AM PST


Thanks for your response.

I'll do just that, and I'm persistant!


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