Music... free music. Internet Radio, Pandora, Last.FM, iMeem, Jogli...the list goes on and on. There are endless ways to get lots of great music for free while connected to the net. There isn't any lack of some really great stuff. However, it can take some work to find all of the terrestrial stations from around the globe and grab the live streams.
Aluratek has done the work for you and packaged it in a little USB drive that loads a simple app and presents myriad stations from around the globe for your listening pleasure. PC only for now. The company bills it's little $29 gizmo as an "instant on" device. In fact, it does go through a quirky installation process that is more like and autorun CD than a truly hardwired experience. Still it does pretty much install itself and present a wide range of stations to listen to.
Aluratek claims the USB Internet Radio Jukebox allows you to easily access more than 13,000 radio stations in over 150 countries around the world with no monthly fees. We fired it up and browsed around a bit. If it does truly offer access to this many stations that's cool and all but we only found a handful that were all that interesting in our initial test. Not to say we wouldn't find more. We just think quantity isn't really what this is all about. The stations we did find that streamed with higher bit rates were certainly worth the price of admission and the USB Internet Radio saved us some time in searching for them online. So in terms of being an aggregation tool of sorts it's useful.
The device allows you to search for music geographically by continent / country / state or by the more than 50 different available genres including a wealth of news and sports radio stations broadcast throughout the world. This is fun and you can spend hours discovering what's happening around the globe.
The USB Internet Radio is more funky than fresh but is a fun toy and easy way for the uninitiated to play with Internet radio.
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Aluratek USB Internet Radio Review
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