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Radio at 2009 CES/Recap

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Radio was everywhere at this year’s Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 8-11. Companies showcased the hottest new radio-enabled devices on the internet, in the car, and on the phone. Journalists and bloggers were on-site to check out all the cool gadgets and spread the news about the best innovations. There were hundreds of radio products showcased, but here’s what was said about some of the most popular:

miRoamer and Blaupunkt Internet Car Radio

Blaupunkt prototype offers in-car access to thousands of global radio stations. Image: Blaupunkt.

The New York Times

“The first Internet radio for car … This car stereo can play 20,000 radio stations. You could spend your time endlessly scrolling through those on a drive from San Francisco to New York. But it uses a user interface and service dubbed miRoamer from start-up Torian Wireless to get its music from the Internet.”      

The Boston Globe

“Car-audio maker Blaupunkt USA is showing off a prototype in-dash radio at CES that plays Internet audio streams. Due out by midyear for less than $500, the Blaupunkt radio requires that users own a cellphone with 3G access and Bluetooth capability. The radio uses Bluetooth to connect to the phone, and from there to the Internet. Users can go onto an Internet site to set up a list of their favorite Internet audio streams, then feed them into their cars.”


Boxee application

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PC World

Boxee is a free, open-source project capable of running on Intel-based Macs, Apple TV, and Linux systems (and soon on Windows PCs). Connect the box to your television, and you'll have access to Netflix, CNN, YouTube, Hulu, Last.fm, Shoutcast, and many other sources of video and audio content. You'll also see content recommendations from friends who use Boxee.”


Chumby

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Wired

“When we reviewed the Chumby, we noted that the best part about it was the quality of the streams from internet radio and when music played from our iPod, and part of that was due to its quality speakers.”

CES 30 days of Innovation

“Every once in a while, a CE product comes along with the right combination of innovation and fun that simply makes people smile, and Chumby definitely has that power. Chumby takes the best of the Internet and puts it into a soft, playful and (dare we say) cute little package. Music, sports scores, weather, news, gaming and messaging are all among the over 1,000 different widgets that Chumby makes available.”


FlyCast music app

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PC World

“I saw a lot of my favorite mobile music apps expanding across platforms. Most notably Slacker exhibited a personalized radio app for the BlackBerry, and FlyCast's streaming Internet radio app now supports Android OS.”

Radio 2020

FlyCast (originally called FlyTunes) has made a breakthrough in the field of streaming to mobile devices. The service requires use of a data plan that can handle the streaming, but other than that it is completely free. That brings a lot to the table since there are over 1200 Shoutcast stations that can be accessed through the app, and — here’s the first innovation — it’s at CD quality!”


iHome iP29, iP49, iHMP5, iP1

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Tech Fever

”The iHMP5 is a two-in-one headphone and stereo speaker system while the iP49 is a rechargeable speaker system that comes with an FM radio and alarm clock. The latter can be used for both the iPhone and the iPod.”

PC World

 “Turning music into MP3 files diminishes its sound quality by flattening out its dynamic range. But the IHome iP1 ($299, due out in May), an iPod dock boombox, seemingly restores your MP3 files to their original glory as it plays them.”


iLuv i1166

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Engadget

iLuv has been on a serious roll here lately, and just when you thought it couldn't possibly pump out another iPod clock radio, well, it couldn't. Instead, it's offering up a 9-inch portable multimedia player which accepts content via USB, SD card or MMC card.”


JVC El Kameleon KD-AVX44

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CNET

“Gesture recognition and proximity sensors are promising to become major technologies for in-car interfaces, and JVC has stolen a march on the competition with the unveiling of its El Kameleon KD-AVX44.”


Kodak Theater HD Player

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PC World

Anyone looking for an affordable, dead-simple way to stream photos, videos, and music from a PC to an HDTV should check out the Kodak Theatre HD Player set-top box. Hook up the box to your TV, place an install CD in your PC, and start basking in multimedia content, including Web access to Flickr photosets, YouTube videos, Internet radio stations, and customizable home-screen feeds for weather, news, and sports.”


KRI Armband Portable HD Radio Player

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Crunch Gear

“This is the portable radio that’s supposed to rescue HD Radio from obscurity. It was showed off at last week’s CES, but since its name wasn’t the Palm Pre no one gave a damn. It’s the KRI Armband Portable HD Radio Player, and, as the name suggests, it’s a portable HD radio … There’s also a built-in MicroSD slot, nominally making it an MP3 player, too.”


Palm Pre

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Yahoo! Tech

“The clear winner of the "best of show," it's the gizmo that's on the tip of everybody's tongue.”

Engadget

“When Palm launched its Pre last week at CES, we were both blown away and pretty overwhelmed. Besides issuing new hardware, the company also demoed a completely original operating system called webOS which incorporates some pretty heady ideas about what a mobile phone can do.”

Christian Science Monitor

“Its operating system is so developer-friendly that popular Internet radio site Pandora was able to write an application for it in three days…”


Samsung YP-P3

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CNET

“As an update to Samsung's popular P2, the P3 shares many of its predecessor's features, including a 3-inch WQVGA touch screen, DNSe sound enhancement, audio and video playback, photo viewer, FM radio, voice recording, and Bluetooth capabilities such as phone pairing and stereo audio streaming. Unlike the P2, the Samsung P3 uses a colorful new user interface dubbed "EmoTure" that emphasizes personalization.”


SanDisk Sansa slotRadio

SanDisk Sansa slotRadio

The San Francisco Chronicle

“The Sansa SlotRadio … comes preloaded with 1,000 songs organized into popular genres on a companion SlotRadio music card…It's akin to an iPod Shuffle, only users don't have to go through the process of transferring music from their computer. They simply turn on the $99.99 player just like a radio and enjoy music - though without commercials.”

CNET

“The appeal of the SlotRadio player is probably lost on the tech-savvy, but I can think of more than a few people in my life whose aversion to complexities of computers and MP3 players has kept them in the dark ages of CDs, tapes, and radios. Like Sony, I think SanDisk is smart to chase after markets Apple hasn't yet seized.”

Radio 2020

“SanDisk’s slotRadio is one that embodied a concept I’ve been waiting on. You see, the unit combines an FM receiver with the ability to play “music cards,” flash memory cards preloaded with music.”

Yahoo! Tech

“Tech geeks decry the severe DRM and stripped-down player, while music fans are genuinely taken with the device. The consensus? If you just want to listen to a whole lot of advertising-free music all day and not mess around with playlists, syncing, and the like, the $100 price tag of slotRadio is a compelling deal.”


Slacker Radio app

Slacker on BlackBerry

PC Magazine

“Internet radio provider Slacker has long been a favorite at the PCMag offices, so it's a bit exciting to hear that the site has finally crafted a version of the service for the iPhone, following a port to the BlackBerry just a few days ago. The app is live and available now through iTunes.”

Chicago Tribune

“Why bother downloading music into your iPhone when you can create an array of “radio stations” based on the music you like? Or if you want someone else to discover music for you, Slacker provides programmed channels.”

CNET

“…Slacker Radio for the iPhone and iPod Touch is just as lip-smacking good as anticipated, and is primed to give other streaming music apps like Pandora, Last.fm, and Tuner Internet Radio a beating.”

Yahoo! Tech

“Word of the free streaming music app (available today on iTunes) leaked last week during CES, and so far, I'm pretty impressed with the finished product—indeed, Slacker Radio for the iPhone makes for a worthy competitor to the wildly popular (and newly updated) Pandora Radio and Last.fm apps.”


Radio-enabled devices featured around the web on various 2009 CES “Best-Of” lists:

Palm Pre

CES/CNET Best in Show 

CES/CNET Best in Cell Phones & Smart Phones

CES/CNET People’s Voice Award

Samsung YP-P3

CES/CNET Best in MP3 and Video Players

JVC El Kameleon KD-AVX44

CES Innovations Award for In-Vehicle Video

SanDisk Sansa slotRadio

Yahoo! Tech Best of CES 2009

iHome iP1

PC World Best Products of CES 2009

Boxee application

PC World Best Products of CES 2009

FlyCast music app

PC World Best Products of CES 2009

Slacker Radio app

PC World Best Products of CES 2009

Kodak Theatre HD Player

PC World Best Products of CES 2009

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