When Nerd Worlds Collide…

squeezeboxShare this post with any tech geek that also loves radio: Internet radio has gotten bigger, better, smarter, and way more fun thanks to home Wi-Fi.

There’s a wireless internet radio that is so wickedly cool I did a happy joy jig in the kitchen at 11:30 last night when I got it out of the box and saw what it can do.

The ‘Squeezebox’  is about the size of a large box of Kleenex. You plug it in to power,  it finds your home wireless router, and after several easy setup steps you have a roomful of rich sound from any radio station or music streaming source on the internet. And it can go to any room in the house with power. (My kitchen has gone from a media dead zone to a global news and information command center.)

I was so stoked I carried on enough to scare the cats. NPR stations streaming live, loud, and perfectly clear from any station in the country. BBC. Sirius. News and talk from across the country and around the world. A hopelessly addicted news junkie could be  moved to tears. And of course, music galore…

The signal quality is excellent – every station and source I tried last night came in like a truck. (And I was up way past midnight trying them all…)

The Squeezebox is small but heavy, and it produces a nice wall of sound that should make most audiophiles reasonably happy.

One bummer: this particular internet radio does not have any kind of battery, so it needs to plug in somewhere at all times.

Don’t run out and buy one on my word, and note that you need a wireless router with a broadband internet connection to fully enjoy the experience. And there are many other competitors that make fine internet radios. But, if like me you had written off internet radio as kind of a klunky, unhappy experience, things have changed…

p.s. This has something to do with instructional technology I think…