[TriLUG] OT: cheap mobile stream playing?
mattobryant at gmail.com
Wed Oct 20 15:29:47 EDT 2010
Any Android based phone or Iphone OS based device (phone, pad, touch) should
be able to run the free Last.fm app, as well as any number of other music
streaming apps, plus apps that stream music from your home computer, and of
course music stored directly on your device -- and a few will even play FM
radio. Such an option is clearly out of your $30 budget, but you'd probably
thank yourself in the long run.
Most such options will, however work on wifi without out a cell phone
contract. My suggestion, if you're really sleuthy, would be to turn up
someone looking to part ways with a used, older model Android phone for dirt
cheap, and just use it as a music player.
The big advantage of this system, where you would really thank yourself, is
being able to adjust playback from the device you have on you, and not have
to travel back to your computer if you want to listen to something new (such
as if using wireless headphones). It would also be more portable you
wouldn't be dependent on some setup that only works at your home base. You
could take it to work, or anywhere else you have access to wifi (relative's
house over the holidays, etc) and listen to music stored on the phone or
ipod touch when not within range of wifi.
On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 1:37 PM, David Brain <dbrain at gmail.com> wrote:
> I looked at this a while ago.. this looked interesting
> , allegedly there is a pot on the board that can be tweaked to
> increase the power (see the 1st amazon review) pretty sure FCC would
> take a dim view of that though..
> On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 2:01 PM, Phil Wilshire <pwilshire at cox.net> wrote:
> > On 10/20/2010 12:06 PM, Tom Roche wrote:
> >> Tom Roche Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 4:40 PM
> >>>> I listen to mostly either FM or downloaded files, and I listen to
> >>>> them mostly on a cheap Sansa player and consumer-grade in-ear
> >>>> headphones. But some of my audio is streamed (e.g. last.fm)
> >> Jason Sullivan Tue Oct 19 16:50:58 EDT 2010
> >>> Is this only for in-house?
> >> Well, it'd be nice to reach the yard, too :-)
> >>> Why not a little FM transmitter hooked up to your computer?
> >> !-) I've seen those for car use (routing audio out through car radios),
> >> which may be why I didn't think of that, but they should be available
> >> for home use, no? Worst case, power through 110VAC-12VDC converter.
> >> Worth looking at ...
> >> thanks, Tom Roche<Tom_Roche at pobox.com>
> > The Car transmitters have very limited range in my experience.
> > Phil
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