Is That An Internet Radio In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

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In the 1960’s radio experienced a revolution with the introduction of portable, pocket-sized AM receivers. Suddenly broadcast content became mobile ushering in a new era for listener access. Now, half a century later, we are about to see a similar leap forward as Epoq Multimedia prepares to debut the first pocket-sized Internet radio!

Epoq Multimedia, a brand owned by Paradigm Shift, will be debuting their new EIR-PW01 Internet radio player at the end of May this year. The unit will fit into your pocket just like the AM receivers of yore but bringing over 12,000 Internet radio stations to your ears while doing so. Exactly the kind of innovation one would expect from the company that debuted the wristwatch cell phone. Of course this does beg the question “what use is it when away from wi-fi?”

Joseph Palenchar, Senior editor of Twice, who has been covering the electronics industry for 25 years shared some additional details on the unit recently:

It also features an FM tuner, 1500mAh lithium-ion battery with up to 10 hours of listening time, a stereo minijack output, and a built-in mono speaker. The device uses a scroll wheel to access station presets, search for stations by genres, and perform other functions. Its battery can be recharged by standard USB connection or AC adapter.

Coming sharp on the heels of speculation about an integrated FM tuner in the new version of the iPhone, this is great news. Portability and ubiquity are two of radio’s most important traits, and now it seems that Internet radio is finally embracing them.

I look forward to testing one out when they hit the market at the end of the month!

Photo courtesy of Kalandrakas, used under its Creative Commons license.

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