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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, Last.fm, 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).

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.

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.

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