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GPS Walkman

Listen to music from where you are
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The GPS Walkman only plays music that originates from the area or location the walkman is currently carried. If you live in Detroit for instance the walkman will only play Motown, Detroit Techno, White Stripes, etc.. ie. only songs by artists from that particular location. There are settings on the walkman that allow you to increase or decrease the perimeter range from your location - ie. if you are in New York City and you want to listen to music from the entire 5 boroughs or only Brooklyn, you set the tolerance range. Also the GPS Walkman is Internet connected / GSM/ 3G enabled so the music is streamed directly to your device. Similar to local radio stations, but more tailored to local, not national or international sounds. Great for frequent travelers on the move or tourists stopping in a new city - or people living in a place to sample the local sounds.
coinop29, Nov 09 2002


       Too bad the world isn't 3G enabled, eh?
tyskland, Nov 09 2002

snarfyguy, Nov 09 2002

       Interesting thought, [Rods] - the French have this strange notion that pieces of land which aren't actually in France are in fact in France. So, French Polynesia, or pre-independence Algeria were administrative regions of France - they were definitely not colonies, oh no. Using this logic, when the French exploded nuclear bombs in Bikini Atoll in the Pacific they said, in response to protests from other people who lived in the Pacific, "What's the problem <gallic shrug> - we're exploding these bombs in France - we should be allowed to do whatever we like in our own country. Hm?".
So, the problem I see with this device is that you could be forced to listen to Serge Gainsborough in the middle of the Pacific.
hippo, Nov 09 2002

       Neat idea, coinop29. Welcome to the bakery! (WTAGIPBAN)
krelnik, Nov 09 2002

       It could help you if you were lost, though you'd have to be pretty damn lost to need it.   

       "Good lord, this can only be the distinctive drumming of the Borooboo tribe. I must have somehow wound up in the jungles of deepest New Guinea!"   


       "Can't tell whether it's Dvorak or Bartok. Either way, I guess we're somewhere in Eastern Eurpoe."
snarfyguy, Nov 09 2002

       If you're halfway between Hawaii and Mexico, will it play a Mexican hula?   

       Aloha-oe, aloha-oe,
ikeona ona noho ikanipo.
¡La cucaracha!
One fond embrace, ahoea ea
Until we meet again. Cha cha cha.
Amos Kito, Nov 10 2002

       But suppose you find yourself in, say, Osaka. Without knowing how to speak Japanese or having the time or resources to bone up on the Osaka secene and then buy some CD's, you can simply listen to the music.   

       If you wanted to hear music from Australia or Mozambique, you would of course still be able to do so the way you do now -- without GPS Walkman.   

       You can't blame the device because it doesn't do what it's not supposed to.
snarfyguy, Nov 10 2002

       // I can also turn on a radio. //   

       That only holds if radio stations play nothing but local music.
snarfyguy, Nov 11 2002

       actually - I'm not from France - hehe - American - yeh I agree that it's similar to a radio - but most stations I know of don't only play local music.. This would sidestep radio and allow you to sample the local tunes or mixture or two localities immediately... thanks!
coinop29, Nov 11 2002

       When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Steal Walkmans, Cameras, etc.
thumbwax, Nov 11 2002

       I just got back from a european excursion and the best part about getting home, is not listening to the U.S. top fourty every where I go! I hate pop music! I only heard local music in a few places and in one place (Florence), the waiter told some street musicians to leave just as an Elvis cover band started up.
demtangs, Jun 21 2003


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