On Thu, 9 Jan 2003 12:27:58 +0100, "Mathy van Nisselroy"
>Check out this site:
>They have among other things, an ethernet card (looks not too complicated)
>and an MP3 player card for the C64. And Vanessa Dannenberg is working on an
>MP3 cartridge too (the MP3 decoding is done by a chip on the cart. The
>computer is only used to stream the data to the cart).
>This should be possible for the Atari too.
>CU Mathy van Nisselroy
Probably the best way to do this on Atari (IMHO) would be to use the
MP3 decoder chip, and simply send the audio through the SIO port (the
same way cassette tapes could be played through the TV). I have no
idea what kind of control signals the MP3 decoder needs, but I'm sure
the SIO can cupply them. One problem with the SIO port may be the
limited speed (19200 baud serial). Surely the PBI would be fast
enough, but not all Atari's have them.
Also, why would you want to use the computer to send the MP3 chip the
data? 64KB of base memory or 180KB (assuming DD disk) isn't going to
amount to much audio. Why not go for smart media? 64MB of that is
Just my 2 cents worth.