What is an Internet Radio and why you (might) need one

I suppose I am old fashion, but I like to listen to radio, I always did. I still remember being a kid and listen in the dark at Radio Free Europe with my family when the electricity was cut of by the government to save money. But that was a different country and different life. The nostalgia remained though. So I looked around on the internet to buy a radio that would receive international stations (I already have a Sony World Band Receiver ICF_SW7600GR – who the heck comes up with these names?) which is a very good receiver in its own right, but the reception sucks in my city and anyway, there are very few foreign radio stations that broadcast strong enough to receive them in SOCAL.

Simply put, an Internet Radio devices is a device that allows you to listed to over 12,000 radio stations currently streaming on the Internet. Whether you like to listen to international radio stations, or just radio stations from a different city, you are living in a place where the radio reception sucks or just want to have a device that can provide you with endless choices, the products listed on this page should offer you a starting point in choosing the right device for you. Currently, the best offer  I had found is the Aluratek AIREC01F WiFi Internet Radio Home Theater version on sale for just $49 at Amazon.

Philips NP2500/37 WiFi Internet Radio Network Music Player with Rhapsody on Sale $139

Amazon has the Philips NP2500/37 Wireless Internet Radio for $140 with free shipping. Internet radio device streams music from online services like Rhapsody or wirelessly from your PC or media center.It also includes digital audio out.

Technical Details

  • Access 10,000+ FREE Internet Radio Stations
  • Wirelessly stream music from PC/Mac to your home audio system
  • Music-on-demand from Rhapsody (with Free 30-day trial)
  • Easy to install with Home Audio System
  • 4-Inch LCD color display allows viewing album art (and photos)

Check after the break for the full specs.

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Logitech Squeezebox Radio on sale for $149 at Amazon

Logitech Squeezebox Radio streams music from online services like Pandora,, and Slacker as well as iTunes (PC or Mac). Features 2.4″ LCD, alarm clock, 802.11g Wi-Fi, Ethernet port, 3.5mm headphone and line-in jacks, 3″ woofer. Check it at Amazon, no taxes in most of the US and free shipping.

  • Free local stations from every corner of the Internet
  • Access music services like Pandora, Rhapsody, Slacker and SIRIUS Internet Radio
  • Your digital music stored on your home PC or Mac
  • You can even plug in your iPod

HP sd828a1 Smart Wi-Fi Display - Used as an Internet Radio? (Review)

HP created something really interesting with their 8″ sd828a1 Smart Wi-Fi Display. An attempt to make something very smart, but not completely succesfull drove the prices low, and now their Smart Wi-Fi Display, in reality a photo-frame on steroids can be obtain for a bargain price ($79 at Amazon). Now, you’ll ask yourselves, why having a photo-frame in a website dedicated to the internet radios? The short answer: because it IS an Internet Radio, and a cheap one as well. Just a little trick: By default, it cannot access more than a handfull of radio stations around the world, but it is configurable (once you go to HP Frame Website) and register it. See additional screenshots after the break). Check it at Amazon. Continue reading HP sd828a1 Smart Wi-Fi Display – Used as an Internet Radio? (Review)

Sony Dash available for order at Amazon

A good fit for an Internet Radio device, but capable of much more is Sony Dash. Announced this year at CES show in Las Vegas, at the first look, Sony Dash looks like a regular Photo Frame. Once you turn it on, this little device proves itself worthy, sporting  a 7″ touch screen display, access to popular services as CBS video,  NETFLIX and Pandora, and, most important, due to a partnership with Chumby, access to over 1500 internet applications covering everything from News, Photos, Weather, Radio, Social and even Spirituality related widgets. The device includes WiFi access as well, together with something less often found in this class, an accelerometer that will orient the screen automatically between portrait and landscape, depending on how you position the device.

  • Features:
  • 1500+ apps available to deliver weather, traffic, social networking, movies, music and more
  • 7-inch touchscreen with gesture support and WVGA (800×480) pixel resolution
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi to easily connect to your wireless home network
  • 500Mhz processor with 32kB I/D L2 cache; 256 MB, 667MHz DDR2 DRAM

Philips NP1100/37 Streamium Network Music Player with 3.0 B&W Display

See an in-depth review for Philips NP1100/37 at ReviewHorizon.

Editor: I currently own this radio and I highly recommend it.

Overall Rating:

Total Customer Reviews: (49)
Seller: Amazon
By connecting to both your PC and audio system, Philips Streamium network music player gives you wireless access to your PC music library, Internet radio and Rhapsody online music service. A whole world of exciting music possibilities!

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Aluratek AIRMM01 Internet Radio Alarm Clock with built-in WiFi (Black)

See an in-depth review for Aluratek AIRMM01 at ReviewHorizon.

Editor: I currently own this radio and I highly recommend it.

Overall Rating:

Total Customer Reviews: (150)
Seller: Amazon
Choose between more than 11,000 radio stations worldwide via built-in vTuner with no monthly cost Compatible with universal Plug-n-Play audio servers such as: Microsoft Media Player 11 (WMP11), Microsoft Media Connect, MusicMatch Jukebox Wireless access WIFI 802.11 b and g, Ethernet and USB 2.0 (host only) connectivity Access music fi les (MP3, WMA[Read More]

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Aluratek AIREC01F WiFi Internet Radio - Home Theater Edition (Black)

Editor: The firmware should be similar with the other Aluratek Internet Radio, but it lacks a speaker, being usable only with a receiver or external speakers. The software is stable, feature rich and highly recommended.

Overall Rating:

Total Customer Reviews: (12)
Seller: Amazon
Aluratek’s new Home Theater Edition Wifi Internet Radio allows you to easily access more than 11,000 radio stations in over 150 countries around the world with no monthly fees. Easily integrate the Wifi Internet Radio with any home theater as all receivers are supported. Simply turn the unit on and it will automatically connect to your wireless r[Read More]

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Cobra CIR1000A Wireless Internet and FM Radio with MP3 Input, Clock, and Alarm for Use with Broadband Internet Connection

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Total Customer Reviews: (7)
Seller: Amazon
Tune in to over 10,000 radio stations world wide using your existing Wi-Fi or Broadband Internet Connection and the Cobra CIR 1000A Wireless Internet Radio. This unit allows you to listen to the New York Game in Miami, or get the latest European market reports real time in Cleveland. Easily search for stations by country, region or genre and listen[Read More]

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Grace Digital GDI-IRA500 Solo Wi-Fi Receiver Wireless Radio & Media Streamer

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Total Customer Reviews: (5)
Seller: Amazon
Listen to your local radio stations or stations around the world in pure digital sound directly from the internet on your home stereo. No fading, No Static - whether you live in rural America or downtown Manhattan listen to your favorite Sports, news, talk music and HD stations. Take it out of the box, connect it to your stereo, powered speakers [Read More]

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