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Whilst listening to the radio on the way in to work the other day, inspiration hit! Now you may have heard of/own a TIVO - the "smart" set top box that allows recording of live digital TV transmissions. Bring on the RIVO! A variation on the TIVO theme, a RIVO would be the corollary complement to digital radio. Of particular interest would be its potential capabilities to communicate additional information about the current transmission and capture live recordings. The clear copyright issues infer needs to curtail freely obtaining unlicensed digital copies of works. However, a continual personal bug bear is when I hear (some of) something good on the radio but miss hearing the name of the song/artist. The ability to be able to see that info about what's playing on the front of my car radio would be invaluable; if I could hit a "Save/record" button too, that'd be great! Whilst the plethora of infrastructure and copyright issues likely precludes the ideal of being able to purchase a track you here on the radio and retain in real time, the ability to save track info (then subsequently purchase online) would be a far more readily realisable.
Posted 8:13 AM, Sunday, June 24, 2007, by Faber Optimé. Post permanently located here. Click here to email the author about this post.