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Old 01-21-2009, 11:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Probably not possible given the phone's hardware (lack thereof in this regard) but it would be sweet if someone wrote a program that allowed the storm to act as an FM transmitter so you could listen to music on your car radio without any wires.

Just putting it out there in case it's possible! LOL
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The Storm would need FM Transmitter circuits installed as part of the base hardware. From the pictures I have seen of a disassembled Storm and the documentation about what each part was, there is no FM Transmitter just like there is no WiFi for the 9530. It would be hard for a BB Developer to write an application for hardware that does not exist.

There are several BB programs that will allow you to stream FM channels to your BB. I believe Slacker.com will be releasing a version of this for the Storm shortly. However, this is not what you were asking for.

What may satisfy your request is for a hardware vendor to create a BlueTooth FM transmitter that the BB could pair with. This would then allow you to stream your music to your car radio. I have no idea if something like that is available or in the works but a search through Google might turn something up.
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yeah that would be great my favorite fm station just went off the air in los angeles, now i can only listen to it online, it would be nice to stream it in the car with less effort
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Old 01-21-2009, 03:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This is possible. Not making the Storm an FM transmitter, but get a separate FM transmitter.

I bought one from CCrane.com for under $50 bucks. I plug it into the earphone jack and tune my FM radio to the correct frequency and happily listen to anything on the FM radio, in my car or in my home.

It's great!!

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Old 01-21-2009, 10:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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There's a few Bluetooth FM transmiters out there. I use the Motorola T505 with my Storm and my car.
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By a tape adapter. $10. Yes it has a wire but it works much better than any fm transmitter.
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what's a tape and how would one adapt it? ;)
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I own and recommend the Motorola T505 as well as the Jabra SP700. Both operate well, and have very good audio.
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Default ...if your radio station has a webpage

...just stream the music through the webpage.
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By a tape adapter. $10. Yes it has a wire but it works much better than any fm transmitter.
Wow, a tape?? I haven't had a car with a tape deck in it for years.

Do they make one that slides into a CD/DVD drive?
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:13 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I also recommend the Motorola T505 ... Fantastic Device!
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...just stream the music through the webpage.
That works very infrequently. Most radio stations are moving to Flash based players to be able to control where the stream is played, so they can in turn force ads on the listeners. This leaves listeners that want to go mobile, in a bind, since the MMS or RTMP address for the stream is hidden in the player, and the player won't play on a BlackBerry since there is no Flash support.

Even then, this doesn't get the music to the car stereo which is what the OP is looking for.

It's more complicated than "just stream".
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I also recommend the Motorola T505 ... Fantastic Device!
I have integrated Sirius in my car that I always listen to. Would the sound quality using the T505 be as good as this?
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From what I gather, integrated Sirius/XM systems are wired directly to the antenna input on your car stereo, which means that a wireless FM transmitter could not be better. But it could be close to the same, I suppose. You ight be better off either getting a stereo with an AUX input, or wiring your own AUX input, and then use a cable from the headphone jack of whatever you want to listen to (iPod, BB, etc).

I'm almost positive that some stereos have bluetooth capability, so that's another option. With the limits on consumer-level FM transmitters imposed by the FCC (they used to be more lax, but recently, manufacturers have had to seriously weaken the output strength to comply with the law), I think we'll see less and less of them over time until they're essentially obsolete. If you can buy one and tweak it to broadcast at a higher strength, then that might work. Also, some cars are better suited to accepting weak signals. In my Corolla, I have static with my iTrip on all bands, and all locations in my car. But in my dad's Lexus, I can put the iTrip anywhere and get a crystal clear signal.

Bottom line: there are too many variables to say whether or not an FM transmitter will work up to your standards.
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Many if not most new car stereos have aux input on the rear of the head unit to allow expansion for cd changers, satellite radio, et cetera. It's fairly trivial in this case to run an adapter cable from the rear of the stereo through the fascia of the dash somewhere (through a hole behind an ashtray, or through a glove box). Then you could plug the phone directly into the adapter by way of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Much better sound quality than FM transmission.

Worst case scenario, you can buy a new head unit with front-panel aux input or bluetooth.
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Many if not most new car stereos have aux input on the rear of the head unit to allow expansion for cd changers, satellite radio, et cetera. It's fairly trivial in this case to run an adapter cable from the rear of the stereo through the fascia of the dash somewhere (through a hole behind an ashtray, or through a glove box). Then you could plug the phone directly into the adapter by way of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Much better sound quality than FM transmission.

Worst case scenario, you can buy a new head unit with front-panel aux input or bluetooth.
Now that would be sweet!! And very cheap. I have an '07 Magnum. I'll need to check if it has the aux input in the back. Thanks for the tip.
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Do they make one that slides into a CD/DVD drive?
That would be pretty cool but I haven't heard of one. I think it could be possible perhaps but I think it would be pretty difficult having electronics stored in something as thin as a CD or DVD in order for the optical pickup to receive the digital data converted from analog by this CD/DVD adaptor.

Hopefully some big audio company can pick up on this to possibly make one in the future. I would be first in line!
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Now that would be sweet!! And very cheap. I have an '07 Magnum. I'll need to check if it has the aux input in the back. Thanks for the tip.
Before you go through all that trouble check out your favorite Dodge Magnum forum and do a search for this or post a question. Can save you a lot of time! Especially if you find that yours does not have a audio IN port.
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I also recommend the Motorola T505 ... Fantastic Device!
Had the T505 for a week, but I'm in an area where there are so many radio stations, that finding an open one was difficult. I'm driving around the region most days as well, so once I found an open channel, it wasn't open for long and I constantly was searching again. Device was great, just not in my area.
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Does anyone ever try a built-in FM radio in a product called MobiVoice?

MobiVoice is a clip-on hardware attachment that lets you send and receive voice e-mails on the BlackBerry. In addition to the e-mail sending, it also has a built-in FM radio and voice recorder.

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