Recording music from FM radio stations is certainly nothing new, but Sumitronics’ learning technology filters out ads and DJ chatter, and records MP3 tracks to any flash-based MP3 player that has an open file system.

An MP3 player attaches to the SP-103, where you pick the destination folder for the recording, and then one touch of the record button later you’re recording your favorite radio station. The docking station then applies filtering algorithms to delete ads and DJ blather, and writes each song as an individual MP3 file to the connected player. But because the recording source is analog FM radio, there is no way for it know song/artist/album names, so you’re left to guess what you’re listening to.

A company official stated that products based on the SP-103 would be targeted at teenagers, since it would give them an inexpensive way to get new music without running afoul of the Radio Industry Association of America (RIAA), which has sued parents of some song-swapping teens. When asked about concerns of possible litigation from the RIAA, this same company official stated that Sumitronics believes this usage model falls within the Fair Usage provisions of US copyright law, provided the user doesn’t copy or distribute the recorded material.

The SP-103 also has a line-level input, so it would be possible to record broadcasts via a satellite receiver such as XM or Sirius, although the same issue of no song/artist/album name would remain. Sumitronics wasn’t announcing any design wins at the show, but is expecting products based on the SP-103 to be out later this year.

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