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Does anyone know if there is a radio equivalent of an TIVO, which could be used to time shift radio? After using PVRs for a while, your mind set changes as to how it perceives media. I can't think all the times I have listened to something on the radio and I want to push the instant replay button to hear it again. Although not as common as TV, there are programs I would like to listen to at my convenience. And be able to skip the commercials. It would be nice if these capabilities were built into a automobile receiver, as this is where I listen to radio the most. The technical factors (bandwidth, hard disk size) would also be greatly reduced for an audio stream.

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I've been looking for something like this as well, but havent seen
anything. I considered building something, but never did.

One of the problems as I see it is that, unlike TV, the signal
source (e.g. the cable box) and the output device (i.e. TV set)
are integrated, so there isnt an obvious place to "insert something"
in the loop. Therefore, it'd have to be built in to the receiver, which
the Consumer Electronics guys are reluctant to do because of the
increased component costs.

Also, there isnt (as far as I can tell) an easily or accessible EPG
source for radio (is there?).

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There was a truly horrible solution a couple of years ago called Command Audio. Trouble was, the audio quality was not quite up to AM standards. Thankfully, you didn't have it playing music at that quality.

As for instant replay, your standalone Tivo (or my preference, Replay) can serve this function. If you have the Tivo and have nothing in the RCA jacks, just hook up the output of an inexpensive tuner. It's even easier with a Replay since it has two sets of inputs.

Then you can set up a manual record if you choose or just listen to the radio through your Tivo/Replay maintaining the ability to IR back while listening.

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I've been dreaming of this for satellite radio. Hopefully, the XM or Sirius people have also been dreaming.

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I've been dreaming of this for satellite radio. Hopefully, the XM or Sirius people have also been dreaming.
I wouldn't hold my breath.

Notably, the DirecTivo will not record any programming on the Music Choice channels. Certainly this is due to paranoia about illegal distribution, but XM (which I have and love) and Sirius almost certainly have agreements in place that promise not to do such a thing.

The thing is that while I, too, have often vainly tried to hit the Instant Replay button for my radio, there just isn't much call for recording radio shows. It's not like television where virtually everything is in the form of a slotted program; it's usually a more casual discussion or music that could show up at any time.

I don't see where they would find enough of a profit margin.

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