Want to listen to your favorite internet radio when you're away from the computer? We've been hunting for an attractive, portable solution for times when it's just not feasible to crack open a laptop just to get some tunes going. Here are our three small, portable favorites; help us choose the best one.
The Mutant MIG-PIR-1 M-Wavio Portable ($79.99) connects to over 12,000 stations, with presets established through their vTuner website interface. Reviews mention that all searching must be done through the device's small screen but that its compact size works well for traveling or moving about the house. Does not work for stations broadcasting in WMA.
The Logitech Squeezebox Radio Music Player ($170.29) connects to your online Squeezebox account to play your favorite radio stations, and presets are stored on that account. Also works with Pandora, Live365, Rhapsody, Slacker and more. Reviews note it has a large sound despite its small size.
The Grace Digital GDI-IR2500 ($99.99) has some usability issues with its music directory, which is all accessed through the device itself; though it works with Pandora and Live365, but searching for new stations might be problematic. Can connect to your powered speakers to play through your sound system. Reviewers note that it's an okay alternative to the Squeezebox, but that it might be worth waiting for the Squeezebox price to drop slightly and choose that instead.
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