RAIN 11/10: RAIN rounds-up early holiday web radio gift ideas

Michael Schmitt
November 10, 2011 - 11:05am

Q2 Internet radio cubeThere are still 45 more shopping days until Christmas, but we're already coming across a plethora of gift ideas for the Internet radio fan in your life.

First up is a device we've reported on before, but that's received renewed interest in the press lately (even getting a write-up in Wired). The Q2 ($130; pictured) can remember four Internet radio stations and you switch between them by turning the device on different sides.

For a bit more utility, Sony has released a digital photo frame in Europe capable of also streaming Internet radio stations. Its called the S-Frame WA700 and you can find out more here.

Sonos Play:3Meanwhile the Sonos Play:3 wireless speaker ($300; pictured at left) just received a glowing review from Cult of Mac (here). It can stream content from Pandora, iHeartRadio, Last.fm, Rdio, Rhapsody, Spotify and other services (more info here).

Finally, Russound has announced that their music streaming devices (including the $2,100 DMS-3.1) now support Apple's AirPlay technology. This allows you to stream web radio content from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad wirelessly to the Russound device. Twice.com has more here.

Planning to get a web radio device for a loved one this holiday season? Got an Internet radio gadget on your own wish list? Let us know in the comments!

Paul Maloney
November 10, 2011 - 11:05am

Microsoft is enticing consumers to try its Windows Internet Explorer 9 web browser with free trials of premium music services like Slacker Radio, Aol Radio, Pandora, and Grooveshark (and other premium services).IE9 premium service offers

Right now, U.S. consumers who download and install IE9 can get 3 free months of Slacker's and AOL Radio's subscription services. Over the coming weeks, the offerings will expand to include a free month of Grooveshark and Pandora, plus free trials of video services Hulu and Vimeo, and more (see image). 

You'll need to have the Windows 7 operating system (necessary for IE9), and you need to be a U.S. resident to get the deal. Go to BeautyoftheWeb.com to download Windows Internet Explorer 9, click on the prize of your choosing and follow the instructions, including pinning the icon to the taskbar and sharing on Facebook or Twitter.

Michael Schmitt
November 10, 2011 - 11:05am

Sony Music UnlimitedSony has updated its subscription Music Unlimited service with artist-based customizable web radio streams. The service also offers various genre-based radio stations and a catalog of 10 million songs for on-demand access.

Customers can access streaming radio for $4 per month and the on-demand catalog for $10 per month. The service works on most Sony devices, including Blu-ray players, TVs, PlayStation3, PSP and tablets.

CNet has an article on the update here.

Michael Schmitt
November 10, 2011 - 11:05am

Joe KennedyPandora president/CEO Joe Kennedy will join "The Future of Radio" keynote session on April 27, as part of the Worldwide Radio Summit 2012.

The Summit takes place from April 27-28 at the W Hotel in Hollywood. It's presented by A&R Worldwide and All Access, which has more coverage here.