internet radio

Pandora Announces Milestone At 10 Billionth Thumb

Pandora Announces Milestone At 10 Billionth Thumb

The popular music recommendation service Pandora has just announced its proudest milestone today. It has been six years since the service launched and it has now reached a count of 10 billion thumbs. If you're not already familiar, the service works by letting listeners thumb up or thumb down songs as their listening to help the service select what songs to recommend.

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Slacker adds ESPN personal sports radio to lineup

Slacker adds ESPN personal sports radio to lineup

Sports fans that also like to use Slacker will be glad to hear that the personalized streaming content provider has signed a deal with ESPN that will bring Sports content to the service. The personalized ESPN content will be offered on the web, smartphones, and devices supporting Slacker in the home. The service will allow the user to choose what they want to hear with an option to hear only hourly updates with headlines on any Slacker station.

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Grace Digital WiFi Bookshelf internet radio thinks it’s time to split up

Grace Digital WiFi Bookshelf internet radio thinks it’s time to split up

Bookshelf music systems have fallen from favor somewhat, with iPod docks taking over, but Grace Digital reckons there's still a place for compact HiFis. The Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System does exactly what it says on the tin: stream over 17,000 radio stations, 20,000 plus on-demand programs, and over 35,000 podcasts over a WiFi b/g/n connection to a compact audio system with separate speakers.

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Armour Home Announces “Q2,” The World’s Easiest to Use Internet Radio

Armour Home Announces “Q2,” The World’s Easiest to Use Internet Radio

This radio consists of a 10cm cube made of nothing but cuteness. Armour acts on the idea that although they've got thousands of choices on the daily, listeners of internet radio regularly only listen to 2 or 3. Because of this, the Q2 cube allows users to select from their favorite four stations at any one time, programming them in when they turn their Q2 on for the first time by plugging them into a Mac or PC machine. After that, there's no need to ever go back to any more difficulty in using the cube other than charging up the battery.

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Sagemcom RM50 WiFi radio suggests stations it thinks you’ll enjoy

Sagemcom RM50 WiFi radio suggests stations it thinks you’ll enjoy

One of the problems we've had with internet radios in the past is that it can be pretty overwhelming trying to sift through the many thousands of stations on offer, meaning we tend to stick to the same old channels.  Sometimes, we even find ourselves missing the analog days of spinning an FM dial.  Sagemcom's new RM50 internet radio claims to fix all that, with a "Smart Random" button that automatically picks a different channel for you based on the type of stations you listen to most often.

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TerraTec NOXON iRadio 500 hands-on

TerraTec NOXON iRadio 500 hands-on

TerraTec have plowed away at the internet radio segment, and their new NOXON iRadio 500 is a slick example of the breed.  A €299 ($386) standalone model, with both WiFi and a wired network option, the iRadio 500 has a 2.1 speaker system, large 3.8-inch color display and straightforward controls.  As well as playing internet radio, it can also stream locally-stored music across your network from a computer or NAS.

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Verizon FiOS TV gets YouTube & web radio access

Verizon FiOS TV gets YouTube & web radio access

With HDTVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs, HTPCs and cable boxes all offering YouTube access, it's hard to believe there's a mainstream service out there which hasn't slapped streaming video into their offering.  Ironically - given it's all about having a fat pipe for accessing media - Verizon's FiOS TV is a latecomer to the field, with the service just now updated to support browsing and playback of YouTube content all from the TV screen, together with internet radio support.

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Grace Digital Audio Allegro WiFi radio streamer packs Pandora support

Grace Digital Audio Allegro WiFi radio streamer packs Pandora support

With WiFi digital media streamers getting cheaper and cheaper, if you want to charge a premium price then your device needs to offer something out of the ordinary.  Grace Digital Audio reckons their Allegro portable WiFi radio/streamer ticks that box by virtue of its sound quality; the Allegro packs a Class D 8 watt digital amplifier, outputting via a single speaker, and can be run off of mains, regular or rechargeable batteries.

As well as over 17,000 radio stations, 20,000 plus on-demand programs and over 35,000 podcasts, the Allegro can access Pandora for streaming audio.  Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a stereo speaker jack, and you can control Pandora's thumbs up/thumbs down rating system directly from the mediaplayer itself.  The company also offers a free iPhone remote control app.

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DIY WiFi radio based on OpenWRT

DIY WiFi radio based on OpenWRT

WiFi radios have fallen to a price point where you have to be pretty DIY-obsessed to bother making your own rather than picking one up off-the-shelf, so we're all the more impressed by Gary Dion's effort.  Starting from an ASUS WL-520GU wireless router, he threw in a USB audio adapter and a VFD display together with a custom enclosure to match the rest of his A/V setup.

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