RAIN 1/28: Catch-up with the latest Internet radio gadget news
With all the big news this week — from BBC online shake-ups (here) to in-car Net radio round-ups (here) to RAIN Summit West (here) — a bunch of Net radio gadget news got passed over. We’ll take today to highlight some of the best of those stories.
NYT SPOTLIGHTS SONOS WIRELESS MUSIC SYSTEMOne of the best ways to listen to Internet radio at home is through a music system like Sonos. The wireless music system was recently spotlighted by The New York Times. “The company is (almost) perfectly positioned to take advantage of the digital audio revolution…When all content resides in the cloud, Sonos will be a company in the right place at the right time.” Read more here.
(Sonos also recently added support for on-demand music service Rdio. Find the company’s press release here).
NET RADIO CAR STEREO GRABS ROLLING STONE‘S ATTENTIONMore mainstream media attention for in-car Net radio comes from Rolling Stone as they feature one of Pioneer’s Pandora-friendly dashboard receivers. The $700 AVH-P6300BT offers a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity (for streaming Net radio from a smartphone) and “provides maximum entertainment value” in Rolling Stone‘s opinion. Read more here.
NEW GRACE DIGITAL WI-FI RADIO INCLUDES WIRELESS SPEAKERSGrace Digital’s new Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System boasts the ability to stream Internet radio to a set of wireless bookshelf speakers. The device streams music from Pandora, Sirius XM Internet Radio, CBS Radio, iheartradio, Live365.com, NPR and 17,000 other sources — not to mention music on your home network. Engadget isn’t happy that the system includes “the frustrating Reciva interface” however. Read more here.
PC MAG REVIEWS NEW GRACE DIGITAL WI-FI RADIOGrace Digital’s new Wi-Fi Internet radio with Pandora-support packs decent sound in a “retro flair” package, according to PC Magazine. The reviewer had some qualms with UI navigation and would prefer a stereo speaker, but overall found the $170 device to be a “fine choice.” Read more here.
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