radio

  • Sony Japan busts out cassette(!)/radio/CD-player combo

    It’s not a joke: Today, Sony in Japan did announce [JP] a portable cassette tape/radio/CD-player. Technically, the CFD-A110 is based on a model Sony introduced exactly seven years ago. The company updated the hardware because Japan plans to stop analogue radio transmission next year (the updated model can’t receive these signals). Read More

  • AS-iP70: Kenwood's iPhone/iPod-compatibe 7-inch "multimedia system"

    Kenwood Japan has announced [JP] the AS-iP70 today, a swiss army knife of sorts for various media. The device serves as a dock for your iPhone or iPod but can also be used as an AM/FM radio, music player, alarm clock, and a digital picture frame – thanks to its 7-inch LCD screen. Read More

  • Sirius XM proves its worth this week with Winter Music Conference broadcasts

    There’s one week per year that there’s reason to listen to Sirius XM beyond XM Channel 202 The Virus. That’s right, it’s Winter Music Conference time, a time when the world’s top DJs and producers descend upon Miami and have themselves a good ol’ Dionysian time. House music, trance, progressive, Dutch tourists trying to find food that won’t kill them, etc. Read More

  • Panasonic's new "Stereo D-Dock" is slim, supports iPhones and iPods

    Panasonic in Japan has announced [JP] a new stereo system today, the D-Dock SC-HC40. The device is just 69mm thick at the thinnest part but integrates a speaker plus digital amplifier (20W×2ch(6Ω)), a CD player, an AM/FM tuner, an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot, and a “sliding door” (Panasonic). Read More

  • Thanko USB Radio tunes in horse races, presumably Tokyo

    Thanko, everyone’s favorite crapvendor, is offering a short wave/AM/FM radio that plugs right into your PC for maximum shortwaving experience. I’m not quite sure who’s on short wave anymore but I’m sure there’s someone out there endlessly repeating numbers and calling for help from a desert island. Read More

  • HD Radio gets smaller, more popular

    Get ready, 2010 might just end up being the year of HD radio. Rumor is that we’re going to see something like eight new portable HD radio devices at CES this January. Read More

  • Spooky Tesla Radio in a jar

    This fun little DIY device is labeled as a “crystal radio circuit in a jam-jar.” But that description doesn’t even to begin to do it justice. According to Tesla, this electronic wonder allows you to hear the disembodied, ethereal voices, of the, well, ether, I guess. Read More

  • ‘Hold your wee for a Wii’ family gets $16.5 million recompense

    ‘Twas more than two years ago when some dopey radio show in California held a “hold your wee for a Wii” contest. Not the kind of publicity Nintendo wanted, no. A woman died, you’ll recall. Well, now a California jury has awarded $16.5 million to the woman’s family. That’s it, don’t click Read More because there’s nothing else. And there’s… Read More

  • Wait, wait, don't tell me. NPR has its own radio.

    If you’re like me and love Car Talk, but don’t actually have a radio, you probably listen to NPR over the internet. If you love it so much you want to listen to it even when you’re away from your computer, you’re in luck. Livio, makers of the Pandora radio, have introduced a stand-alone, internet radio module, with NPR-exclusive capability. Read More

  • The Pure Sensia touchscreen radio has built-in Facebook, Twitter widgets

    Now this is the type of radio a fancy gentleman would use. It’s the latest PURE Sensia, a touchscreen European radio that supports FM, DAB (and DAB+), and Internet radio. There’s also Wi-Fi and “widgets,” I guess, for sites like Facebook and Twitter. Read More

  • iFM Radio Browser from Griffin Technology

    Griffin Technology released a new iPhone app today called iFM Radio Browser that works like a search engine for radio stations. The essence of the app is that you can search for local radio stations (with the help of the iPhone’s built in GPS capability) and view what is currently spinning on any of the stations it finds in your area. This is a new paradigm in station-flipping for sure. Read More

  • Pandora teams up with record labels: Wants regular radio to pay music fees too


    The enemy of my enemy, right? Pandora, the Internet darling that lets users stream music for a newly nominal fee, has teamed up with record labels to get Congress to pass a law that would require regular radio stations pay the same music rights fee as that it has to pay. The labels want regular radio to pay up to help offset the losses connected with the industry’s transition from a… Read More

  • I did my part to help out radio today

    It’s no secret that I think the radio business is doomed, and that “kids today” are more likely to listen to music via any number of online services—I’m part of Spotify’s U.S. beta, and aside from an unacceptable lack of Sleater-Kinney, it’s pretty great—than they are by tuning into some “local” radio station, where the program manager… Read More

  • Minimalist radio has no buttons or switches

    Created as a design experiment, the Radio Valerie is one of the sleekest radios you can find. Missing all the usual controls, the radio uses the antenna to control the station, and a ring on top of the speaker to control the volume. Read More

  • Time Machine Radio: Enter the past

    The Time Machine Radio lets you go back in time and listen to those old songs which will bring up happy memories. You set the knob to the year you want to listen music from and the radio will start to play the stuff you like. Read More

  • With no cars being sold, Sirius XM turns to iPhone to promote itself

    Now that nobody on planet Earth is buying cars anymore, Sirius XM has to find a new way to promote itself to would-be buyers. It used to be that buyers of new cars would get a couple free months of Sirius or XM included; but what now? If yesterday’s conference call is any indication, Sirius XM, which was rescued at the ELEVENTH HOUR by Liberty Media last month, will really begin to… Read More

  • Pay-for-play comes to Internet radio

    When it comes to promoting new music, pay-for-play schemes are generally frowned upon. The practice, which involves music labels or artists paying radio stations to play their songs in heavy rotation, dates back to the beginnings of terrestrial radio. It got so bad in the 1950s that Congress had to intervene, but it keeps rearing its head in new forms. Now, pay-for-play has hit online radio. Read More

  • Whoa, Sirius XM could file for bankruptcy ‘within days’

    This doesn’t look good. The Times is reporting that Sirius XM, home to Opie and Anthony, “has been working with advisers to prepare for a possible bankruptcy filing.” Of course, that’s different from OH MY GOD THEY’RE GOING BANKRUPT RIGHT NOW, but it’s not a good sign. Read More

  • Bored scientists create radio-controlled beetles

    Nope, your eyes aren’t broken or anything: that’s a beetle with a circuit board snapped into place. It’s the DARPA-funded handiwork of a group of scientists from the University of California, who are trying to better understand how the insect flies (while using so little energy). Data in hand, these scientists would then be able to help authorities develop better… Read More

  • StarPlayr: You'll soon be able to listen to Sirius XM on your iPhone

    Fancy listening to Backspin on your iPhone? Or maybe you’d like to hear the comedy stylings of Christian Jimmy on The Virus? Soon, friends. Soon. Supposedly. On the way to the App Store, the uSirius StarPlayr, an iPhone app that lets you listen to Sirius XM on your iPhone. Fancy that. Read More

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