Substantially integrated digital network and broadcast radio method and apparatus

  • US 7,079,807 B1
  • Filed: 12/10/1999
  • Issued: 07/18/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/11/1998
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A combined receiver for receiving tuning broadcast radio frequency signals and media streams broadcast over the Internet, the combined receiver comprising:

  • an Internet interface for interfacing with the Internet to receive from the Internet, a broadcast stream of media content;

    an audio decoder, coupled to the Internet interface, for receiving and decoding the broadcast stream of media content to produce a decoded audio stream;

    an audio digital to analog converter, coupled to the audio decoder, for receiving the decoded audio stream and outputting a first analog audio signal;

    a radio frequency tuner for tuning and receiving broadcast radio frequency signals and outputting a second analog audio signal;

    an amplifier, coupled to the audio digital to analog converter, and the radio frequency tuner, for receiving the first and second analog audio signals from the audio digital to analog converter and the radio frequency tuner, respectively, and outputting an amplified audio signal; and

    at least one speaker, coupled to the amplifier, for generating sound from the amplified audio signal.

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