AutoWeek highlights Livio Internet Radio Car Kit

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:00am

Livio Radio's Bluetooth Internet Radio Car KitJust last week we previewed the many ways new cars can stream web radio (more here). But if your car is a little older, are you out of luck?

Not at all, writes Crain's AutoWeek. It highlights Livio Radio's Bluetooth Internet Radio Car Kit as a "simple" way to stream web radio to any car radio.

"It's not magic, of course; it's an FM transmitter," writes AutoWeek. "As with many of these aftermarket devices, you'll hear a bit of static in more populated areas. But after years of listening to the same eight radio stations, you'll be so grateful you won't even care."

You can find AutoWeek's full coverage here.

Weekend project: Use an old radio as a Wi-Fi repeater

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:00am

A "vintage" 1980s radioLifehacker recently highlighted a DIY project that involves converting an old 1980s radio into a Wi-Fi repeater.

The result is a strogner Wi-Fi signal in your house, and you can still apparently use the radio!

"What's really cool is that in [this project], you don't even need to break the radio to put it all together--it's still completely functional after the process is complete," writes Lifehacker. You can find out more here.


Wi-Fi sporting rabbit out-cutes your tabletop web radio

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 11:00am

KarotzThe Karotz is an adorable rabbit-like gadget that packs a few surprises, including the ability to stream Internet radio. Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, the $99 device can "wake you up in the morning, tell you the weather, read out Facebook and Twitter updates, alert you to new messages, play music and run apps," writes CNet. It even has a webcam.

"As a web radio or music player for the kitchen or bedroom, it's pretty capable." You can find CNet's full review here.

Archos Android-powered web radio now shipping

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 11:35am

Archos 35The Archos 35 aims to be a "sophisticated alarm clock," but more specificially is an "Android-powered web radio." It includes TuneIn Radio Pro pre-loaded, built-in Wi-Fi, and options to display weather, real-time traffic, sports, social networking and more.

We first wrote about the handy little device back in June (here), but now the Archos 35 is shipping to U.S. customers for $150.

You can find out more from Archos' press release here or Engadget's coverage here.

Some find Amazon's Kindle Fire makes a great dedicated Internet-radio device

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 1:05pm

Last week Amazon made big news when the latest version of its Kindle e-book reader, the Kindle Fire, shipped. Actually, all the new functionality of the Kindle Fire makes it more like a tablet computer than a mere e-reader. And apparently, it's a really good Internet radio device.Kindle Fire

"The Kindle Fire is almost perfect for my favorite kind of media: Internet radio," wrote industry observer Matthew Lasar in Radio Survivor. "Its relatively small size, nice WiFi interface, attractive display, and simple speaker outlet make it a great dedicated broadband radio device."

The device is built on a "forked" version of the Android mobile OS, and as such, can run various Android apps (available in the Amazon Appstore). It can stream video, and offers a full-function web browser and built-in e-mail application. 

Taking advantage of the Kindle Fire's smaller size and lower price-point, it's more logical to use it for a dedicated, specialized purpose like Internet radio than, say, and Apple iPad, reasons Lasar. Internet radio Android apps also apparently work well, and look good, on the device.

"Pandora looks much classier on the device than it does on either my Droid X or my desktop screen. Leaning the Kindle horizontally against a paper book (oh the irony) just above my keyboard gives me easy access to the standard Pandora choices: like, dislike, skip, pause, and next. There’s plenty of blank space across the screen—no visual crowding, even with the ads... Ditto for TuneIn Radio... (It) looks and sounds great on the Kindle Fire. For me, TuneIn’s desktop interface is too big and its smart phone interface is too small. But on Kindle Fire it looks just right—just like an Internet radio interface ought to display."

Our own AccuRadio, by the way, worked and sounded great when we accessed it through the Kindle Fire's web browser (AccuRadio does not yet offer a dedicated Android app). What works even better is the beta version of our new AccuRadio user interface, available at

And, if you're a fan of on-demand streaming service Rdio: You can access it through the Kindle Fire. Or, might want to pick up the new Kobo Vox tablet, as it comes preloaded on that device (read more here).

Lasar, who wrote the Radio Survivor piece, teaches U.S. history and broadcasting/telecommunications policy at the UC Santa Cruz. He's written two books about Pacifica Radio, and also writes for Read his column in Radio Survivor here.

From photo frames to speaker systems, something for any Net radio fan

Thursday, 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,, 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. 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!

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