MacDirectory Magazine

Spring-Summer 2008 (#37)

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42 MacDirectory SCIENCE NOTEBOOK We all know that Internet radio offers a pretty impressive array of music choices from all corners of the globe. Unlike mainstream FM and AM radio, Internet radio is not hampered by government regulations that can limit the quality of the music selection. Further, Internet radio does not have any – or at least fewer – of the often-annoying advertisements that plague traditional FM and AM radio. But since these radio stations are Internet-based, listeners are probably accustomed to listening to these innovative stations only when you are near a computer. So what happens when you are away from the computer? Thanks to wireless Internet radio, you now can listen to all the cool tunes – and all the informative podcasts -- without being "chained to your computer." Listen to wireless Internet radio in any room of the house, even in the bathroom. Wireless Internet Radio Options One great portable way to listen wireless Internet radio is with the Pico Wi-fi from Revo. This device automatically connects to your Wi-Fi network to access the Reciva Internet Radio Gateway. Users will have access to about 8,600 international Internet radio stations. Since the batteries on this portable radio have an eight-hour life, you can listen to all of your music in an uninterrupted manner, worry free. Further, the Pico Wi-fi can decode a number of different streams, including MP3, RealAudio, Microsoft Windows Media Audio, WAV and more. This device is also splash-proof and comes complete with an infrared remote for convenience. Users can search stations by country or genre, and if they ever get the urge to listen to more traditional radio at any time, the Pico Wi-fi comes complete with FM radio reception. Also, for iPod fans out there, there is the ability to plug into the Pico M-Port for an instant cordless speaker system. Other wireless Internet radios on the market today include the lightweight Phoenix from Com One, the "retro looking" Noxon wireless Internet radio from Terratec, and the NetWorksGo radio from Tivoli Audio. FlyTunes Wireless Internet radio is not only limited to actual physical Wi-Fi radios. Thanks to FlyTunes Inc for instance, users can listen to wireless Internet radio stations on an iPhone, iPod Touch and all other Apple iPods, plus other MP3 players as well as multimedia-enabled cell phones. FlyTunes can be downloaded on a Mac or PC at the company's Web site. The service then offers thousands of channels of personalized music that is based upon your music preferences. FlyTunes searches more than 20,000 Internet radio stations to find the music that you like to listen to. As an added bonus, FlyTunes plays every- where, unlike satellite radio, which does not work on airplanes and in many buil- dings. FlyTunes also offers access to over 100 times more channels than satellite radio. Better still, at the present time, this service is available free of charge. As FlyTunes CEO Sam Abadir said in a news release: "FlyTunes bridges the massive disconnect that exists between the hundreds of millions of cell phones and portable media players people already own, and thousands of Internet radio stations that broadcast every type of music they could want. From the user's perspective, FlyTunes provides an extremely easy-to- use service that allows them to quickly get the music they want and to discover new music." Because FlyTunes uniquely sits between the broadcasters and the listener, it offers users personalized music, which has not been possible for satellite or terrestrial broadcasters, and the ability to cache hours of music for offline listening, continued Abadir. WIRELESS INTERNET RADIO > THERE ARE NO LIMITS WORDS BY LARISA REDINS PICO WI-FI FROM REVO NOXON FROM TERRATEC PHOENIX FROM COM ONE For more information: > > >>

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