Introducing Infinite Radio

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Peter Ha over at CrunchGear has very definite opinions about a new radio that’s just hitting the market:

The standard alarm clock radio I owned as a kid is an archaic POS compared to Acoustic Research’s Infinite Radio.

It’s easy to see why he thinks so once you start looking at the specs on the new radio. The capabilities of the Infinite Radio are compelling. This device is truly the radio for a wired household: It can stream FM and AM band content, recording up to 10 hours of it while doing so; it ties directly into Slacker Personal Radio, pulls weather reports from WeatherBug, and boasts USB and Ethernet connectivity in addition to being wireless.

Darren Murph at EnGadget brings us the following quote:

“In keeping with the AR commitment to quality and technology, we wanted to cut the tether to the PC and bring the vast Internet radio listening experience into other rooms of the home in a way unmatched by any other competitive product,” said Tom Malone, president, Audiovox Electronics Corporation. “We added customization and content partners that will bring consumers an enhanced level of enjoyment available exclusively in the AR Infinite Radios.”

These days, it’s always about breaking away from the restriction of wires (just look at the mobile market). Thus, the timing is great for a new gadget that separates Internet radio from the desktop computer, and puts it back on your nightstand (or office desk).

What I really enjoy about this product is how it brings together broadcast and Internet-based radio while detaching from the computer. I think that we will see adoption accelerate when these new technologies free themselves from the association with desktop machines. Even in this digital age there are many who shy away from computers for one reason or another. Something like this, which combines the familiar nightstand clock radio with 21st-century access to content, is a terrific first step in bridging that divide.

Oh yeah, on a final note, you can access your MP3 library on it as well. The new model (coming soon) will include an actual iPod dock.

Photo courtesy of Dana Spiegel, used under its Creative Commons license.

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