iHeartRadio builds app for new Logitech UE Smart Radio device

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 12:20pm

Clear Channel has announced its iHeartRadio Internet radio platform is now available on the Logitech UE Smart Radio device.

The UE Smart Radio is Logitech's replacement for the well-knows Squeezebox line. Like the Squeezebox, users can stream content from online radio stations, music services, and their music libraries over their home computer network.

IHeartRadio features streams from more than 1,500 broadcast radio stations, plus the user-generated "custom stations" (a la Pandora).

We have prior coverage of the UE Smart Radio here

New iTunes fails to launch, but Hypebot says iPad Mini an awesome music device

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 2:10pm

Music fans were expecting an iTunes update as part of Apple's iPad Mini launch yesterday. That didn't happen, but Hypebot says there's still lots about the Mini that make it "an awesome music device."

Obviously, the Mini is thinner and lighter than other iPads, and most other competing tablets, and fits nicely in a purse or breast pocket. What's more, the LTE "ultrafast wireless" lets you stream music at top quality. And, existing iOS apps won't need to be modified to fit the smaller screen, since the Mini has the same 1014x786 resolution.

Read more from Hypebot on why music listeners should love the iPad Mini here.

Wired's Geek Mom: Squeezebox Touch "revolutionized the way I listen to music"

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 11:25am

Squeezebox Touch"The Squeezebox Touch makes me feel like Jane Jetson," writes Sarah Pinault in Wired's Geek Mom section. But does the touchscreen desktop music streaming device "meet the needs of this geek family"?

The Squeezebox Touch from Logitech -- among many functions -- can stream music from Pandora, Songza, Slacker,, Live365 and thousands of streaming radio stations from around the world.

"Just by touching the screen I can access any type of music from any country. I can listen to talk radio, non-stop music radio, or simply listen to a playlist," writes Pinault. "I am far more likely to utilize this device to its full potential than I am of searching for local or even international radio stations online. The Logitech Squeezebox has revolutionized the way I listen to music and has rekindled my love of the medium."

You can find her full review on Wired here. The Squeezebox Touch is available on Amazon for $240 (here).

TuneIn adds NPR programming

Friday, July 13, 2012 - 12:00pm

Tuning service and stream aggregator TuneIn has added NPR programming to the fold. All NPR live and on-demand programming, plus that of NPR member stations who want to join, will now be available via TuneIn's website and mobile apps (as well as on devices and car dashboard systems that use TuneIn's technology).

TuneIn users can stream NPR programming live, and access past episodes of all NPR programs (e.g. "Fresh Air," "All Songs Considered," "Talk of the Nation," "Planet Money," "TED Radio Hour" and "Car Talk") on-demand in TuneIn's podcast section. NPR and joining member stations are now also able to access what TuneIn calls the "TuneIn Amplifier," its set of analytics and ad-management tools. 

TuneIn says 30 million people use its service monthly. TuneIn's press release is here.

$99 dollars (in China) gets you a wireless Internet radio/TV device

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 11:55am

It may not be much for looks, but the Fulljoin NMP001 is a wireless Internet radio receiver (plus it can play your music collection) for under a hundred bucks.

"Running on a variant of Linux, the manufacturers claim that this little device is able to tune in to more than 20,000 radio stations and 2,000 TV channels over the Internet," reports UberGizmo. But with a 2.4" display, your television viewing will likely be limited (there's no "video out" functionality).

Looks like it's only officially available in China, too, but check it out here. UberGizmo's coverage is here.

HTC accessory wirelessly streams web radio from smartphones to car stereos

Friday, March 2, 2012 - 11:15am

HTC's new in-car music accessoryPhone maker HTC will soon offer an accessory that allows smartphones to wirelessly stream audio to any car stereo with a 3.5mm input jack.

The device is small, almost like a USB flash drive. It connects to a car stereo through a 3.5mm jack, then to a smartphone through Bluetooth or microUSB cable. Then the user can play any audio from any app from their smartphone to their car stereo.

HTC's upcoming new Android devices will feature a revamped in-car UI for playing music (RAIN coverage here). That UI will reportedly come up automatically when the phone connects to HTC's in-car accessory.

No word yet on pricing, but Phandroid has more coverage here.

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