Music to e-read by: What are you listening to Internet radio with? Any product recs?

image Yawn. The New York Times and the Guardian over in the U.K. have been rehashing for the Nth time the issue of Kindles vs. iPhones, iPods, etc.

Mea culpa! I’ve sinned, too. So before I suffer a relapse, here’s something fresh, kinda.

How are you using to listen to Internet radio on your PC, iPhone or any other gizmo? And how about dedicated radio-style devices?

This BlueTinum internet Radio advertised in the Guardian looks intriguing. Has anyone used it? Or other dedicated radio devices such as one of the Sangeans or the Grace WiFi Radio? I myself continue to enjoy the Tuner app on my iPod Touch, which I hook into a decent-sounding table radio. Meanwhile here’s Computerworld’s round-up of appliances.

Also, do you have got an interesting stations to recommend?

Finally, to relapse, what do you think about the Kindle gaining radio capabilities of some kind, if the wireless issue can be worked out? Reading and listening go together well.

Related: Reciva, which CW describes as the "Microsoft of the Internet radio business."

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David Rothman is the founder and publisher of the TeleRead e-book site and cofounder of He is also author of The Solomon Scandals novel and six tech-related books on topics ranging from the Internet to laptops. Passionate on digital divide issues, he is now pushing for the creation of a national digital library endowment.

6 Comments on Music to e-read by: What are you listening to Internet radio with? Any product recs?

  1. I have the Sangean powered by Recevia. Absolutly no complaints, works well, and the single one button controller is fine once you get used to it. Use it mainly for BBC, BBC 7, and some news outlets not generally available in the US. Also picked one up for my father since locally there are no classical music stations – and he loves his opera.

  2. The main “Internet radio” I tend to listen to is, and I use its own desktop player to do it. But I also listen to a lot of NPR shows (usually “All Things Considered” from yesterday followed by “Morning Edition” from today) using their web player app, does that count?

  3. Since an AM/FM radio the size of a large USB thumb drive costs only a few dollars, I can’t see why a tuner in a Kindle would add anything to it.

  4. I’ve had a Roku SoundBridge ( connected to my home entertainment system for a couple of years now and I’ve been very happy with it. I’ve also written a little hack that allows me to control it from any of the computers in the house. (Note to self: extend that little hack so the SoundBridge can be controlled from an iPod Touch, too.)

  5. Pandora doesn’t work outside the US any more so I use Last.FM – just select a performer and they will try and find others that are similar. I have about eight favourites that I alternate between depending on my mood.

  6. I listen to Internet radio on a Chumby ( When I moved to the Tacoma area from the Seattle area a few weeks ago, I couldn’t receive the Seattle NPR station (KUOW) on any clock radio in the house. I looked into getting a high-definition clock radio from Amazon, but for less than the price of that and an antenna ($190), I found I could get the Chumby ($180).

    The best way to describe the Chumby is “Clock Radio 2.0”. Now I can not only wake up to crystal clear KUOW, but to almost any other streaming radio station on the Internet. If I want to wake up to a music station instead of a news station, I can wake up to Radio Paradise, whereas with the HD radio, I would still be limited to crappy local commercial oldies stations and the like.

    In addition to streaming audio, the Chumby can deliver various other audiovisual feeds, such as Twitter and Facebook updates, and so on. I have about 40 rotating feeds right now. It’s fun to leave the Chumby next to my laptop as I work and glance over from time to time.

    Best part of all: it’s (mostly) open source, even the hardware.

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