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General G1 Does not "support" Audio Streaming

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  1. marvingreenberg

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    After many googles and spending 30 minutes on the phone with an android G1 "specialist" I can only conclude that Tmobile is deliberately disabling support for audio streaming. On the official T-mobile forum, a simple question about audio streaming (http://forums.t-mobile.com/tmbl/board/print?board.id=87&message.id=3746&format=one) was deleted. It's still in google's cache at http://64.233.169.104/search?q=cach...e+g1+audio+streaming&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us)

    All I'm asking for is the ability to play an mp3,real audio, or windows media STREAM. E.g. http://wamu.org/streams/live/1/live.m3u or http://wamu.org/streams/live/1/live.ram or http://wamu.org/streams/live/1/live.asx from the web browser. Just like you can on iphone web browser or any web browser. On g1, it downloads the "file" and then says it can't play it.

    (Please don't tell me about Imeem. Its just some service to stream some music that someone else picks for me to like. But it indicates this isn't a TECHNICAL problem, just another phone company deciding what I should do.)
     

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    Just wait for someone to come out with a streaming client.
     
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    Your post title is somewhat misleading and should read as T-Mobile does not "support" audio streaming, since you've concluded that T-Mo may be blocking it.

    Perhaps the ability to stream audio is more to do with the availability of the codec rather than the OS, or perhaps Google was not able to secure the necessary licencing for the needed codec?

    I'm an N800 user as well, and I think people need to understand the intent of the device that they have bought. For the longest time, NIT users have been whinging about the unavailability of a PIM app, the absence of an Office-compatible reader/writer application, etc. Yet many fail to realise that the device is sold for the purpose of being an Internet Tablet -- it's great for surfing the web, emails, streaming content, VoIP calling, instant messaging, etc, and the ability of the device to take photographs with the built-in VGA camera, and play back videos and music is a BONUS.

    Looking at the T-Mo G1 site at http://www.t-mobileg1.com/, it shows that the phone does the following:

    Web browsing (working well)
    Sending and receiving emails over POP3/IMAP3 (working)
    'Push' Gmail (working)
    Contacts & Calendar with Gmail/GCal push sync (working, but I wish they'd found a way to integrate group SMS/MMS/Email functionality)
    Picture Viewer (working - i love the autorotate and wish they could get this working with apps like the web browser, contacts, calendar, etc)
    Making and receiving calls on GSM/UMTS networks (working, but reception quality could be better)
    Sending and receiving SMS/MMS (SMS working, but I don't have the MMS settings for my mobile service provider. Also, I wish they'd allow for longer SMS messages before converting it to MMS, and sending to groups)
    Web searching via Google (working)
    Multiple 'Today' screens with Application shortcuts, Widgets, etc (working)
    Android Market (working, and growing quickly too)
    Google Maps (working, but would be useful if they allowed to set up my own POIs and sync that with Google Maps on my desktop)
    Instant Messaging (working over GTalk, but Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger seem limited to work only over T-Mo's data network or WiFi)
    YouTube (working)
    MP3 music player with contextual menus to Amazon, YouTube and Google searches

    The way I see it, anything that I can get off Android Market is a BONUS, e.g. ability to read barcodes, stream music (Imeen), watch MP4 videos, etc is a BONUS, something the G1 is capable of doing, but was not designed to do.

    An example would be a family MPV. You buy one because you can fit more than 5 people in it and it's comfortable for long trips, but you know it would be silly to complain about the poor handling and acceleration on track, when comparing to a sedan or a saloon.
     
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    You had me nodding until this last point at which point I turned my head on a slight angle and raised my eyebrows...freudian slip about where you like hang?
     
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    Download and install imeem from the Market. It streams music and it works on T-Mobile. :eek:
     
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    Richy - the post said they knew about imeem, and while I love that app, I think they mean, streaming their own links, files, etc. Unless of course with Imeem there is a way to point it towards your own set of web audio links?
     
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    Winamp remote works to stream audio, but I'm still trying to figure out how to get the video to work.
     
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    You do know the internet is everywhere, even the UK, right?

     
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    Sleebus - thanks for wikipedia links. I have not heard that one before, but good to know. I actually use mine in bars or american saloon's all the time to look up stats or bets or other fun stuff.
     
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    Do ya wear spurs in them thar saloon's, pardner? :D
     
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    I like to look up saloons while I am in the saloon, but when I am in the saloon I usually look up saloons. All on my G1.

    But then it reboots out of nowhere.
     
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    Do you like to get pub in your pub? Meet Laurie in his lorry and smoke a....ok this is a family board. ;-)
     
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