RAIN 11/22: Lots of new web radio gadgets on device experts' gift lists

Michael Schmitt
November 22, 2011 - 11:10am

Crosley's Radio RancheroThanksgiving is almost here and if your family is anything like mine, you'll be talking holiday gift ideas while carving up a turkey. Twice.com helpfully has a long list of gift ideas for the web radio fan in your life. Find it right here.

To that we'd like to add a few ideas of our own. First up is the Crosley Radio Ranchero (pictured), an iPod/iPhone dock with a "great-looking, vintage aesthetic," according to PC Mag's review. Find out more about the $200 device here.

For listening to web radio in the car there's always the Livio Radio Bluetooth Internet Radio Car Kit, which CNet recently listed as a Car Stereo Top Pick in its Holiday Gift Guide (here). You can save 20% when buying the device from LivioRadio.com when using the coupon code 'holiday.' AccuRadio (which is run by the same folks who bring you RAIN every day) has partnered with Livio Radio to offer $20 off and free shipping on the Car Kit. Find out more here.

Spar's Zephyr portable Bluetooth speakers are another great way to stream web radio on the go. They connect to your smartphone wirelessly to blast your favorite webcasts. Engadget has more here

Finally, Wired's GeekDad recently recommended the Logitech Squeezebox. Ken Denmead writes that the device is "a very interesting piece of home audio, successfully bringing streaming internet radio into the form factor of a slightly retro countertop-sized box meant to replicate the look and feel of a quality analog radio of decades past." Find out more here.

Got your own great Internet radio gift idea? Tell us by commenting below!

Michael Schmitt
November 22, 2011 - 11:10am

Online advertising continues to growA new "flash survey" from Strata Systems predicts that Internet/digital will rank #2 this holiday season among for holiday-oriented advertisers. That displaces spot radio, which falls to #3. The top spot is claimed by spot broadcast and cable TV.

"That said," reports Media Daily News (here), "most respondents indicated the media planning process isn’t as much as an either/or option as it used to be, and that more of their clients are merging analogue and digital media into integrated holiday campaign strategies."

Michael Schmitt
November 22, 2011 - 11:10am

Motorola Droid RazrAmazon is selling all smartphones (minus the iPhone) for one penny with a new two-year contract until Monday. That includes phones like the pictured Motorola Droid Razr, which costs $299 at Verizon's website.

You can find more coverage here and the phones on Amazon here.

Michael Schmitt
November 22, 2011 - 11:10am

RadioplayerThe UK's all-in-one web radio platform Radioplayer is developing "ways for radio stations to offer live, simultaneous video streams via connected TVs, including synchronized ads," reports New Media Age.

“Currently, the visual user experience for radio on TV sets is very clunky," said Radioplayer UK MD Michael Hill. "We think we can improve on both the navigation and what you see when you are listening. We will offer radio stations the ability to run live video content and ads, along with display slideshows, album art or any other visual that individual station may want.”

You can find more coverage here.