Motorola Testing iRadio in DC, LA
Jun 16, 2005, 2:52 PM by (staff)
Motorola will begin test marketing their iRadio system in two traffic-jam plagued areas as early as next week. Subscribers will be able to download special audio content, or load their own audio files onto new phones using their PC. The new phones will each feature six preset buttons for selecting content from different "channels," enough memory for about 10 hours of music, and Bluetooth to transmit the music to car stereos (it can also play through a headphone jack). Phones are expected to cost around $200, Bluetooth carkits will run around $65, and the internet-based content subscription will be $5-7 per month. The subscription will also include time-sensitive content (traffic updates, news, sports) that will be downloaded over cellular networks instead of transferred from a PC.
Google Refreshes Its Chromecast Products for TVs and Stereos
Google today announced two new Chromecast products meant to help improve the living room experience. The Chromecast 2 TV dongle uses HDMI to plug into television sets and includes dual-band 802.11ac WiFi for improved performance with the local wireless network.
Facebook Talks Up Live Audio
Facebook today launched Live Audio, a way for people to share a live audio feed with followers. Facebook imagines the tool will be used by content creators to share interviews, read books, or broadcast podcasts.
Video Now Playing On Spotify's Android App
Spotify has launched video content in its Android app. Users can now browse through video and audio clips from a wide variety of content providers, such as ABC News, Comedy Central, and ESPN.
Samsung to Offer Nokia's HERE Maps to Galaxy Devices
Nokia and Samsung today announced that HERE Maps will soon be available to Samsung's Galaxy smartphones for free. HERE Maps allows users to download entire countries or regions, which makes the maps available even when the device is offline.
Google to Let You Push Music Directly to Speakers
Google today announced Cast for Audio, a new version of its Chromecast technology that will allow people to cast audio content from their device to properly equipped speakers, receivers, and soundbars. According to Google, compatible audio equipment from Sony, LG, and HEOS by Denon will arrive in the U.S.
Wow. This is actually pretty cool. I would go for this over XM and Sirius. Hopefully Cingular will be the carrier (or at least one of the carriers) that gets it.
Or, you could just pop in one of ...