I was thinking today that I could record songs off the radio to a cassette and then rewind, press play and, through the headphone jack to my computer's mic jack, record the songs into wav files and then to convert them to MP3. It is complex, bulky and there is like a loss of sound from the tape.
Then I came up with the idea of some little device, a digital FM
radio receiver that plug into a USB port, which would be perfect for me. Then I thought it simply must exist
anyway like all computer related things, but I have never seen one in the stores or online. I even checked CNET.com for products and their reviews -- nothing. The closest was those standard MP3 players with radios and expandable storage, I do not care for those yet and they are expensive anyway.
Then I did a yahoo search and it turns out that D-link, which is known for networking technologies, made a product exactly like what I was thinking. However, the price was for six British pounds and the offering was posted in 2002. I figure it did not sell well in it's test market and that was why I could not find it anywhere.
How difficult is it to get some cheap yet operable digital radio and a random USB plug, write some program that will interface the device to output via the computer's sound card, merge them all together and voila, USB radio?
Here are some basics I would like (if any of you know anyone who could make this)
Product type: Radio receiver
Tuner type: Digital Radio tuning software
interface(s) supported: USB
Digital storage: None
In terms of OS
capability, I think it should be just like those USB mini storage thingies, it would work in any OS
. In addition, I wanted it so be small, no wires, just portable.
I was thinking of emailing Sony or some company and telling them I wouldn't mind paying more than 6 pounds just to get a custom made thingy -- can they do that, I donno, how much would it cost to make just one? It is not a new idea, per se.
Any ideas are appreciated, especially the products' availability.
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