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In-car audio system offers digital streaming


November 8, 2003

Sunday November 9, 2003

CD stackers and removable HDD car audio systems are already looking old fashioned beside the Omnifi mobile audio wireless digital transfer system - a 20GB hard-drive that not only stores approximately 275 hours of digital audio content, but can wirelessly stream music, audio news and information updates from PC or Internet directly to your car.

Wireless transfer is via an 802.11b connection and the unit itself features a 32 x 128 graphics display for navigating songlists and data. The TagIt!' bookmark function enable the retrieval of information such as artist info, album reviews, preview tracks or links to buy CD over the wireless network and although wireless access eliminates the need to remove the hard drive to physically download new media, the 30Gb disk drive cartridge can be taken out (a good idea in large carparks anyway) and includes drop protection.

Rockford Corp. has recently announced the release of the Omnifi DMP1 transfer system in the US where it sells for around US$600.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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