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Sunday, 29 May 2005

AAC+ and VoIP on my iPAQ (techie...)

For some reason, I've taken to playing with my iPAQ again... it all stemmed from the fact that I wanted to listen to the Image FM broadcast, which was recorded in AAC+ format; the problem was that most of the 'bog standard' software (Windows Media Player, RealPlayer and the like) don't support this rather marvellous audio compression.

I'd already downloaded the wondrous Philips Platform4 player for Pocket PC, which supports the AMR and 3GP files created by most mobile phones, but this needed something a little different.

Eventually, though, I discovered the equally marvellous betaplayer (and related plug-ins) which can play HE-AAC and many other files, too. Now, of course, all I need to do is convert my entire MP3 library to AAC+ (one day!) and I can fit a whole load of them on the 64MB memory of my iPAQ.

I've also been trying to get the wi-fi card to work a little more reliably (which has essentially involved pulling it apart and saying rude things to it. Neither has succeeded to any degree). I did find a replacement driver for it (it's a Buffalo WLI-CF-S11, in case you're interested) on the driverguide site, but it hasn't helped much, either.

However, in mucking about with it, I've become a little over-excited with Voice over IP - in short, I've downloaded XLite for PocketPC, and signed up for a free account with www.sipgate.co.uk which gives me a "real life" (and rather cool) phone number. So wherever I am in the world, if I'm at a wireless hotspot, someone can dial a Luton number and my iPAQ will ring! Now that is spooky! More on VoIP here (although the information about 1899.com is out of date - you can't make free landline calls any more, apparently).

There is a free PC version of XLite available, too, by the way... I've got it on my laptop, so, while I wait for my new Wireless LAN CF card to arrive, I can still receive calls!

Posted by james at May 29, 2005 1:34 PM

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