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USB Net radio recorder is good start, but lacks storage space

Posted on: 01/02/2008

From Pocket Lint: “You can easily use your web browser to visit any of the thousands of radio stations that broadcast across the Internet,… So why would you want to shell out any money for a device that does the same?…

“The fact that the iRadioPop is tiny, this [USB device] measures 48mm x 18mm and weighs in at just 8g, helps of course…

“Then there is the small matter of it also being a radio recorder, allowing you to grab a Windows Media audio file of whatever you happen to be listening to at the time and play it back later.

“The software itself runs on Windows XP and Vista, but it does require Windows Media Player 9 or later to do its stuff, and it is actually an Internet Explorer plug-in which manifests itself as a standalone player – but what you are really looking at is a mini-web browser

“However, the mini-web app approach has many advantages such as allowing you to set up favorite radio stations with a single click, and just as easily browse by genre or region using a familiar web based link clicking approach.

“Searching through the 11000 stations on offer is surprisingly speedy and simple,…

“We were less impressed by the recording ability though. A great idea in principle, even if it is restricted to recording audio in Windows Media format, that is rather hamstrung in practise by the annoying fact that it will not record to the USB stick itself.

“We would have thought that the obvious thing to have done here was add 1Gb of memory to the stick and let you record directly to it, so you could take that recorded audio with you. But instead the iRadioPop is locked down with no recordable memory space at all, a huge disappointment.”

Read the entire article at Pocket Lint.

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