Mathew Ingram writes:
For many people, satellite radio is the latest thing in audio. Instead of listening to regular old FM, you can buy a player from Sirius or its main competitor, XM, and listen to crystal-clear radio at home or in your car, after paying about $400 or so for the player and accessories, and about $15 a month for the service itself. ¶ Over the past year or so, however, there has been talk about a new take on another technology -- Internet radio -- that has the potential to disrupt both the world of satellite radio and good old terrestrial radio. It's called WiFi radio, or wireless Internet radio, and some say its time could be coming soon, thanks to cheaper radio chips and the increasing penetration of public wireless networks. ...
Link: globeandmail.com. I'm "in lust" with the Torian InFusion unit he mentions, just now coming on the market, though will wait until I read an actual review of it before ordering. More importantly Ingram's right about the emergence of Internet radio. He doesn't mention, though, that there are a large number of Windows Media-enabled cell phones and PDAs that can play IP radio streams. I travel a lot and keep track of what's going playing on my stations with a 3G AudioVox PPC6700 sold under the Sprint brand. Works great and our web staff has put up a mobile-friendly version of our web site, mobile.nwpr.org (above) to make it easier for use on these devices. I'm told that the 2008 CES, now only 13 months off, will feature WiMAX dashboard receivers. We ought to be figuring out how to mate these with HD Radio.
Thanks to David Liroff and Dave MacCarn at WGBH for the link. --Dennis