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New Products Bring New Radio Anywhere You Want

It seems each day a new electronic device is launched.  And with each launch, consumers have an expanded opportunity to listen to radio pretty much anywhere and in any way they choose.  Regardless of your favorite form of radio, there is a device to help you listen.

At this point, it’s pretty common knowledge that smartphones and tablets offer various ways to listen to radio via apps for FM, Pandora, Slacker, etc.  Even SiriusXM has a free app…provided you’re a SiriusXM Premier subscriber.  However, new devices are making it easier to disconnect yourself from your laptop or smartphone and enjoy your stations.

Grace Wi-Fi Internet RadioGrace Digital Audio offers their Wi-Fi Internet Radio which allows complete control of Pandora right from the unit. Don’t think of this as a Pandora-only radio though.  The Wi-Fi Internet Radio offers access to all of your favorite stations, including Rhapsody, SiriusXM, Live365 and iHeartRadio.  If this is a little too bulky for your radio listening needs, don’t worry.  There is a device for you.  Utilizing the Android platform so familiar to smartphone and tablet users, Archos created Home Connect.  This smart device combines functionalities of a smartphone (apps, Wi-Fi connectivity, over 50,000 Internet radio stations, video chat, etc.) with an alarm clock, offering a player for any room in your home or office.

Archos Home Connect

Do you live with your smartphone always within reach but still can’t bringArchos Smart Phone yourself to get rid of that home phone?  Why not upgrade that old home phone to smartphone status?  The Android-based Archos Smart Home Phone take your average home phone and adds smartphone features like mp3 ringtones, internet access, email, video chat and access to thousands of Android apps.


Klipsch LightSpeakerWant to listen to Pandora or Spotify while cooking in the kitchen or relaxing in the family room?  Swap out your regular light bulbs for Klipsch LightSpeakers. The LightSpeaker works off of a wireless transmitter that connects audio from your laptop or home stereo system to the speaker located in the LED light bulbs.  If you’re looking for a low-key alternative, you can try the Kanex AirBlue portable receiver.  This device allows you to connect your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, laptop or tablet to any home or car audio system.

Kanex AirBlue

Speaking of car systems, Sony has developed new car stereos that aim to bring Pandora into your car. Depending on the model, you could connect via app or USB connection.  Step away from the computer!  You’re no longer tied to your laptop or smartphone to listen to your favorite Internet stations!


Theresa Russell is Director of Promotions at The Radio Agency. Please follow The Radio Agency’s Blog “Sounding Board” by subscribing to the email or RSS links above. Visit our website