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RAIN 11/9: Net radio gadgets dominate Computer World's holiday gift guide

Posted on: 11/09/2010

LIST INCLUDES 6 NET RADIO STREAMERS PLUS PLENTY OF NET RADIO ADD-ONS

We’ve officially entered the holiday season and that means gifts: gifts for everyone you know and gifts for you. Computer World has published a long list of media gadget gifts, including 6 capable of streaming Internet radio and plenty of others that play nice with iPhones (and iPhone Net radio apps). Here’s the highlights of the 20+ item list:

Pure’s Evoke Flow Radio (pictured top right) — An “effective” Wi-Fi radio with a UI that’s “smoother” than other tabletop Net radio options, writes Computer World. $200.

Roku (pictured middle right) — Mainly for streaming online video content for your TV (Netflix, MLB, Hulu), but also includes Pandora and other Net radio options, with more on the way. $60-100.

Grace Digital’s Allegro Wireless Internet Radio — “A nice little gadget with strong, clear sound quality.” Tunes in to Pandora, Sirius streams, in addition to standard stable of Net radio stations. Set-up was a little challenging, however. $170.

Apple TV — Again, mainly a video gadget, but with access to Net radio streams ready to tap into your home-theater stereo system. $100.

Sonos ZonePlayer S5 (pictured bottom right) — Sonos’ wireless home music system includes great features, boasting compatibility with Pandora, Last.fm, Napster, Rhapsody, Wolfgang’s Valut and 10,000 other Internet radio streams. Plus, you can add on to the system with other gadgets from Sonos. $400.

Western Digital’s HD Live Media Player — Yet another web-connected TV box, this little guy has Pandora and Live365 connectivity. $130.

The Computer World article includes plenty of other media-centric holiday gift ideas, from speakers to next-generation remote controls. You can find the full list here.

GOOGLE’S HOLIDAY GIFT TO YOU: FREE IN-FLIGHT WI-FI

Passengers on AirTran, Delta and Virgin America flights this holiday season will receive access to free in-flight Wi-Fi, thanks to Google. The free service will be available from November 20 to January 2. The AP reports that such services usually cost between $6-13 per flight.

So try streaming a little Internet radio from 30,000 feet this holiday season, and don’t forget to thank Google. More info can be found from The Washington Post here.

YAMAHA DEBUTS PANDORA-FRIENDLY STEREO RECEIVER

Yamaha has debuted a neoHD stereo receiver capable of streaming Pandora radio stations via Wi-Fi. The YMC-700 can also be controlled via an iPhone/iPad app. It costs $500 and you can find Yamaha’s press release here.



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