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Forget satellite and HD. The Internet is now in your car and is the place for radio to showcase it’s best content. Here is how to listen to Tammy Bruce in your car or from anywhere.

Tammy Bruce mobile stream

www.TalkStreamLive.mobi

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To listen to Internet radio from your car or anywhere you will need a Smartphone, Bluetooth Audio car stereo and a data plan.  Here is a Motorola Q9c with the Pioneer DEH-P9800BT and www.TalkStreamLive.mobi

On TalkStreamLive.mobi there are thousands of links and many different stream types. The Windows Mobile Media player plays all the WMA Talk Radio shows but is not capable of playing the broadband music streams.  To listen to music you may need TCPMP (free player) or the Core Media Player  — either of these media players will play all of the stream types seamlessly at TalkStreamLive.mobi.

After a few days of use with the Core Media Player I am very impressed.  It is the best player that I have seen for TalkStreamLive.mobi and worth every penny.

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Tammy BruceHere is my interview on the Tammy Bruce show.  We discuss listening to radio on the Internet and my site TalkStreamLive.com and TalkStreamLive.mobi. The very end of the Interview gets stepped on by a commercial break by the station I was recording. The whole Interview in its entirety was rebroadcast on Tammy’s show on KABC-AM.

 So if you would like to discuss the future of radio send me an email…

contacttsl@gmail.com

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Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine

The feature/s I would add to Windows Mobile!!

Who needs an iPhone, when you can add all the animated goodies to WM using Communication Suite?

TalkStreamLive.mobi enables free Internet radio on your Windows Mobile Smartphone or PDA. The Windows Mobile media player plays the News, Talk and Sports station streams. You will need to download the TCPMP media player to play the broadband Music streams. 

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Double digit growth in handsets to increase Mobile Internet Radio. MIR is not something new — smartphones allow you to access the Internet from anywhere, including your car.

by David Masters 

Taiwan based mobile phone handset makers are expecting shipments of smartphones to reach 7.47 million units in the first quarter of this year, representing a 13.8% growth on the previous quarter.

All economic indicators point to

strong growth in smartphone shipments during the first half of 2008.

Retail sales of Satellite and HD radios continue to be soft. People want radio in the portable devices that they actually carry.

TalkStreamLive.mobi

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Here are directions on how to connect a Smartphone to a car radio to enhance listening to Internet radio while driving.  A more costly connection is Bluetooth Audio, but if you are not ready to buy a new car stereo this is an inexpensive solution.
I wanted to play around with something new for my Q (Smartphone), so I decided to take a shot at using it as an audio source thru my vehicle’s stereo. I purchased:
 2201859402838080_1.jpg 1) an OEM Motorola (p/n SKN 6183) adapter for the 2.5mm to 3.5mm headphone jack—ebay $5.62 shipped!! http://search.ebay.com/search/search…&fsop=1&fsoo=1
(I believe Radio Shack has their own branded adapter for $10)
 std1_f8v235-06.jpg 2) a Belkin 3.5mm to RCA cable http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProdu…duct_Id=148894—$4.86 at Wal-mart

 

3700088659748080_1.jpg *3) auxiliary input adapter for my Pioneer car stereo (connects to IP-BUS back side of stereo)—ebay $10 shipped *This item is not needed if your car or home stereo already has RCA inputs.

Now I can connect my Q (Smartphone) to my car stereo and voila!! I am now streaming cd quality audio through TCPMP to my car stereo for just over $20 in parts!! Not to mention being able to play any music on my storage card.

TalkStreamLive.mobi 

 

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My ipod rests on a shelf in my closet. It holds about fifty songs that I quickly tired of.  I like music but have no time to select new songs for myself.  I also have a CD player but I don’t buy CDs. Its not just the thought of contributing to an industry that sues their own customers for file sharing — I don’t like clutter and for me CDs create an uncontrollable mess.  I was exposed to an HD Radio demonstration about a year ago and went out and installed one in my car. The sound was very good when you were on a highway or in close proximity to the transmission tower, but the digital service would often skip to analog if I drove behind any obstructions: tree, house, hill or building. The digital and analog signals were often out of sync and added new unfamiliar verses to familiar songs. The biggest dissapointment was that the new “secret” stations as advertised were either over programmed “Jack” or under programmed “deep cuts.” sort of like listening to someone else’s ipod. It was not “Live Radio.”

And what is the reason for AM HD? Not one new Talk Station!?!  Glenn Beck is the third most listened to talk show in America and “corporate radio” won’t clear his show in the number 1 radio market in the country. What are they waiting for? (your radio market may or may not be different).

At some point I must have read somewhere that a smartphone with a digital service plan could stream Internet radio. I went out and bought one. I also bought a Bluetooth stereo head set and found it uncomfortable to wear. The solution was to replace the HD radio in my car with a radio that had Bluetooth Audio.

The Bluetooth Audio connects to my smartphone — no antenna is required.  Streaming Internet radio now plays on my car’s sound system. Talk shows at 35 kbs sound better than HD AM radio, and music at 128 kbs sounds, to me, better than Satellite radio.

Finally, I’m happy with my car radio. The morning commute is spent listening to Mancow or Glenn Beck.  I’m discovering new music on my way home. The Internet rock stations are more imaginative. The Edge Rocks, Radio Paradise and Radio Free Charleston are among my favorites.  These are not corporate radio stations — they take risks and introduce new ideas and music. They have a personal stake in the success of the station. The jocks even select the songs! It’s kind of like the way Football used to be when Quarterbacks called the plays. It adds an element of surprise.  I’ve spent some hard driving hours listening to PunkRadioCast at ear bleeding levels. Where are you going to find anything like that on corporate run radio stations, without the need to pay for a subscription?

I live in the NY metro and none of the shows or stations mentioned can be heard on my old radio.  There are a few minor drawbacks — buffering issues — but not enough to out- weigh the benefits of mobile Internet radio. The service is slam dunk solid if you live and drive near cell phone towers. (There are more cell phone towers than Starbucks in the Northeast).

“Mobile Internet Radio” is what is next for Radio.

–TalkStreamLive

Links to all shows and stations mentioned can be found on: TalkStreamLive.mobi

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