Presidential inauguration streams live to iPhone

Posted by Christian Zibreg

Washington (DC) - Tomorrow's
Presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, an event of historic
proportions by any merit, will be streamed live to iPhone and iPod
touch users - thanks to Juicy Development's Talk Radio application. As the
inauguration ceremony unfolds, iPhone and iPod touch users across the
globe will be able to hear a live audio stream of the event. That is,
provided there is public Wi-Fi hotspot coverage because carriers don't
currently allow applications that stream audio over their cellular
networks.


Juicy Development's David Kyle said the company
received "so many requests from
customers that are going to be on the road or unable to access a
television at work" that "we couldn't say no." Talk Radio is aimed at
people on the go, especially truck drivers, vacationers or just about
any iPhone or iPod touch user with a need of a little bit of
entertainment and education content during travel. The application
streams supported radio stations in real time.

Paired
with location-based features of the handset, Talk Radio takes the pain
of searching for nearby programming, while a centralized database pushes
new programs and stations out automatically. The application shows local
station schedules, but users can tune in to live audio streams from
the U.S.-based radio stations at any time.

The only drawback stems
from Apple's App Store agreement with carriers that it is Wi-Fi only
connectivity. Thus, if you happen to find yourself in an area without
public hotspot coverage, you will not be able to use the application. The luxury of hearing a live stream as Barack Obama becomes sworn as
nation's first African American President will set you
back $2.99, which is the price point set for Talk Radio.

The inauguration
ceremony of the 44th President of the U.S. is scheduled at the US
Capitol tomorrow, January 20, at exactly noon EST. The nation's security agencies
estimated inauguration of Barack Obama as the most demanding event ever
(from a security perspective) in an entire human history.