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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1286 times:

...the iTrip in particular.

Ever since I've put this little gadget to use, i.e. since being away from my own stereo and iPod dock, it has fascinated me. Whoever came up with the idea needs to be promoted!

I'm currently using it so the iPod can remain plugged in for charging, listening to music via the FM radio in my phone. I've also used it in conjuction with an old radio, and I mean a 50 year old radio which is still working perfectly fine. Then I've played iPod music on the low-fi radio in the kitchen... tomorrow I'll probably end up using it in the car on a long-ish road trip.

Brilliant!

Now I've got a question: since I'm in love with the MacBook Pro and its auto-adjusting display and keyboard backlight brightness - does it work smoothly and seamlessly?

[Edited 2006-08-11 23:45:18]


Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1277 times:

I still use a Panasonic tomato radio...



Mark


User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1269 times:

Aloges, you do know iTrips are illegal in Germany don't you? Would be quite funny if a police car was behind you and all he could hear was a dose of something like Die Toten Hosen or Die Ärtze Big grin

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1259 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 1):
I still use a Panasonic tomato radio...

That thing looks so warped it's got to be cool!

Quoting Ajd1992 (Reply 2):
Aloges, you do know iTrips are illegal in Germany don't you?

Not anymore, AFAIK - at least the guy at customs didn't seem to be bothered at all when I murmured "that's one of those FM transmitters that are now legal in Germany".

Quoting Ajd1992 (Reply 2):
something like Die Toten Hosen or Die Ärtze

I'd be safe in case he heard that. I'm listening to sigur rós, but obviously that has nothing to do with the KEF meet thread. Or does it?

[Edited 2006-08-12 00:47:27]


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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7965 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1246 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 3):
Not anymore, AFAIK

That's correct. I believe Austria and Britain are the last remaining EU member states that do not allow iTrip. So no office pranks with that thingy are possible there.

Quoting Aloges (Reply 3):
I'm listening to sigur rós,

Good choice, although I only like the music, not the voice.



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User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2692 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1242 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 3):
Not anymore, AFAIK - at least the guy at customs didn't seem to be bothered at all when I murmured "that's one of those FM transmitters that are now legal in Germany".

Why were they outlawed in the first place?


User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7965 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1237 times:

Quoting PanAm330 (Reply 5):
Why were they outlawed in the first place?

They had to learn that you can not set up your own pirate radio station with an iTrip.



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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1236 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 4):
Good choice, although I only like the music, not the voice.

Just the idea of playing a guitar with a violin bow is enough reason to try it out. Now playing: hoppípolla.  goodvibes 

Quoting PanAm330 (Reply 5):
Why were they outlawed in the first place?

It could be that they were simply never allowed, which in the case of radio transmitting equipment means they were outlawed. Bear in mind Germany is the country where you (will) have to get TV licences for computers and mobile phones - regulation hell.



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7965 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1232 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 7):
Just the idea of playing a guitar with a violin bow is enough reason to try it out.

Actually, I did so before them. I strummed my guitar with basically everything: rulers, bows, a blank sheet of paper ...
But I have to admit they are better than I was.

Quoting Aloges (Reply 7):
Bear in mind Germany is the country where you (will) have to get TV licences for computers and mobile phones - regulation hell.

Don't get me started!  bomb 
Maybe you want to sign a petition against it: http://www.pc-protest.de/aktion.php



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User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2692 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1226 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 7):
It could be that they were simply never allowed, which in the case of radio transmitting equipment means they were outlawed. Bear in mind Germany is the country where you (will) have to get TV licences for computers and mobile phones - regulation hell.

I see. Now, I knew that other countries were a lot more regulated/strict on things, but licenses for computers and phones? That's insane.


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1226 times:

I, too, have a device that can broadcast iPods, CD players, and other kinds of output to any FM radio, and it works quite well.

I simply must comment about the tomato radio: It should fetch quite a good price on eBay, if AsstChiefMark should ever decide to part with it. It looks like nothing on the market today! (Except, of course, in the produce department....) [Edit: I did find a tomato radio on the market today, after all -- see next message of mine in this thread.]

[Edited 2006-08-12 01:51:48]

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1223 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 8):
Maybe you want to sign a petition against it

Done! I know it won't change anything since I certainly haven't filled in form NG-22/x.R9*, annex B-2.7a correctly, but at least I'm raising my low voice.



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1217 times:

Correction to an earlier post: I did find another tomato radio just now, but it's not quite the same. This one is much more literal and therefore, in my view, a bit less fun:

http://www.mini-radios.com/at-88.htm


User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7965 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1207 times:

Quoting PanAm330 (Reply 9):
I knew that other countries were a lot more regulated/strict on things

Dunno ... more strict on transmitters maybe, but not on other gadgets as far as I know.

Quoting PanAm330 (Reply 9):
but licenses for computers and phones? That's insane.

More precisely TV licenses (from next year on) if they have access to the internet. The wanna-be reason behind that is that public broadcasting corporations obtain most of their revenue from viewer subscriptions. The downside is that if you have a TV or radio at home, you'll have to pay the subscription fees no matter if you watch their program or stick to private broadcasters. The system was allright back in the 50s or 60s when there were no private broadcasters and many housholds still didn't have TV, but nowadays it's a dinosaur unwilling to finally extinct. Those public broadcasters now had the funny idea that mobile phones and computers with access to the internet are basically TV sets, since they can receive public web TV - only that there is no basically such thing and that I want to use E-Mail and the WWW without paying viewer subscriptions for crying out loud.

Next time I'll vote for whatever politician who promises to get rid of all that (unless he's far-left or far-right).



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7965 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1202 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 11):
but at least I'm raising my low voice.

I'm seriously considering not to pay anything. If they want to get payed for whatever they plan to broadcast via the net, they could still use paypal or something along that line. As a member of openBC, I pay some 5 or 6 Euro for their service, as do first class members here on a.net. GEZ want 17 Euro flat*. And what for? Instead they could say "fine, pay 0.50 or 1 euro if want to see 'Tagesschau' online", just like Spiegel Online or other websites do.

Edit: EUR 5,52 if you already have a TV.

[Edited 2006-08-12 02:41:46]


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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1169 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 14):
GEZ want 17 Euro flat*. And what for?

German telenovelas ans soap operas? Jörg Pilawa's quiz show? Musikantenstadl? NDR1 radio and the like?

Seriously if that ain't worth EUR 17 a month, what is?  duck 



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21496 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1148 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 15):
Seriously if that ain't worth EUR 17 a month, what is?

Actually, a worldwide correspondent network and unbiased reporting.

It's well worth it, even though the idea of charging businesses for every single computer is completely braindead.


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