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Treo 600 Hitchhikes the Galaxy

Well not quite yet but according to this post at Slashdot many Treonauts will be happy to read that BBC Radio is relaunching the Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy series with the first episode starting tomorrow at 6.30pm GMT.

I was so happy at the prospect of listening to the new series on my Treo 600 but alas BBC Radio streams its audio in Real Media Audio so you'll have to be sitting at your computer (or near a radio if you're in the UK) to listen to it...  I contacted RealNetworks' senior technical team to enquire as to when Real Player Mobile might support streaming (as it already does this on other phone platforms) but they were not forthcoming with information (I will try again).  I also contacted the BBC to ask them if they would consider developing Shoutcast streams of their programs (which could be streamed live on the Treo with Pocket Tunes) and I should hear back from them on this over the next couple of days.

Since I couldn't really wait for the BBC and Real to sort themselves out I decided to head to Audible and get the audiobook which proved to be a great refreshment of the series and which I will use to compare with the new BBC Radio program.

Here are more details of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Unabridged)" at Audible:

This hilarious best seller explains why the universe is a lot safer if you bring a towel. Introducing The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first volume in the 5-part Hitchhiker "trilogy" that made Douglas Adams a science fiction sensation. Never before in the history of the universe has there been such a wonderful, somewhat accurate reference guide, offering such comforting advice as, "Don't Panic!" Earthling Arthur Dent could use this advice when Ford Prefect, an irresponsible Guide field researcher, warns him that Earth is being demolished to make room for an intergalactic bypass. Then, Arthur and Ford hitch a ride on a Vogon spacecraft and things start to really get weird.

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Posted by Andrew on September 20, 2004 at 08:16 AM

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