I have recently purchased a Revo Blik Radio Station http://www.revo.co.uk. It’s DAB, FM and Internet Radio. Also as it is Wifi it can also retrieve my music from my media server. I needed one with a clock and alarm so I went for Blik but it is therefore mains driven otherwise I would have gone for the portable version the Pico. I can also play my mp3 player through it. So all in all a very flexible bit of kit.
To me the appeal of internet radio is not so much the wealth of international radio stations which I can access but the ability to use ‘Listen Again’ services and podcasts.
To do this you need to be signed up with an internet radio service that your device can register to. Revo uses http://www.wifiradio-frontier.com With this sort of service you can gather your Favourite radio stations and store them under My Favourites in your own categories. My Favourites is then reflected in the BliK menu using your categories & thus saving you from scrolling through hundreds of radio station. You can also subsrcibe to various Listen Again services and podcasts which also then appear in the Blik menu.
I am also trying out the TVersity media server on my PC. This media server can aslo access internet radio, as well as audio and video. The network media receiver I am using to stream media from my PC to my TV immediately recognised the TVersity as TVersity is a UPnP media server. I haven’t yet got to grips with all that it can do with the internet. My ideal device would be one that could give me access to the BBC iPlayer via my TV.
My real delight though would be to get hold of a UK Version of the Chumby http://www.chumby.com/ It is more than an internet radio and wifi media receiver. It looks like a cuddly toy, has a screen, you can download widgets to view your news, pictures, weather… I want one!