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RAIN 1/5: CES 2011 yields plenty of Net radio goodies

Posted on: 01/05/2011


The 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing today, sending out a deluge of gadget news from Las Vegas. The big trend so far is mobile: mobile tablet computers, powerful new mobile phones and mobile Web access in new locations like car dashboards.

In fact, Troy Wolverton of the Mercury News argues CES 2011 “could be seen as the official beginning of the transition to a new computing era, one dominated by mobile devices, Internet-connected televisions and car information consoles” (more here). Here’s a round-up of some of the news coming from CES 2011:

PURE DEBUTS STREAMING MUSIC SERVIC Pure, the maker of Wi-Fi tabletop Net radios, has launched a new cloud-based music service. Dubbed FlowSongs, the service will let users buy music directly from their Pure devices. Users can “Like” a song while listening to Internet radio, then buy that song from FlowSongs — all right on their Wi-Fi radio. Pure also unveiled some new docks for iPod and iPhone devices. Engadget has more coverage here.

DUAL CAR RADIOS OFFER NET RADIO-FRIENDLY FEATURES Electronics-maker Dual has debuted a new range of car stereo receivers. Each of the 5 models includes some way to easily hook up an iPod or smartphone. Some even include Bluetooth connectivity, allowing drivers to control select Internet radio apps from the Dual receiver. Twice.com has more here.

VERIZON, ON-STAR SHOW OFF 4G IN-CAR POSSIBILITIES Verizon and OnStar hooked up at CES to show off the possibilities of a 4G router inside a Buick LaCrosse. The big emphasis is on data-heavy services like video streaming, but in-car Net radio seems like the biggest benefit to us. Engadget has more here.

PARROT CAR STEREO RUNS ON ANDROID French mobile company Parrot unveiled their Asteroid car stereo receiver which runs on Android, is compatible with iPhones and will connect to the Internet through a connected smartphone. The Asteroid can run Net radio apps on-board (thanks to its Android guts), or simply play the audio from a smartphone Net radio app via its Bluetooth or USB connections. Find more coverage here and here.

iHOME APPLE DEVICE DOCK LINKS WITH iHEARTRADIO iHome’s new docks/clock radios for Apple iPhones, iPods and iPads include compatibility for Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio app. Users will be able to set iHeartRadio stations as alarms in the morning. AllAccess has more coverage here.


Presslaff Interactive Revenue will present a free webinar on Tuesday, January 11 about monetizing an e-mail database. The one-hour webinar, titled “A Year of Database Ideas: A Month by Month Calendar for Sales and Marketing Success,” will focus on generating new revenue from an e-mail database while continuing its growth. You can register for the webinar here.


So far, most in-car Net radio systems rely on your trusty smartphone. No smartphone? No Pandora for you. But a new partnership between AT&T and BMW could deliver cars that connect to the Internet on their own.

In other words, your car dashboard would play Net radio just as easily as it plays AM/FM broadcasts now — no wires or tethering required. That’s a key step in bringing in-car Net radio to the masses. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on pricing or availability. Engadget has more info here.

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