Netflix and Pandora are two of the most sought after features on Blu-ray players. The ability to stream movies and music over ethernet or wirelessly is something not to be missed. Why settle for a Blu-ray player that just plays Blu-rays? However it’s often difficult when looking at most e-commerce sites to determine what features products have and don’t have. So we’ve created this list of 6 of the most popular players as listed by Amazon.com to save you some time. If you click on the review link and scroll down you can read reviews of each unit.
Some notes. Built in wireless means you do not need to purchase anything else to connect to your home wireless network to start streaming. If it says Ready, it means you’ll have to use a direct Ethernet connection or you’ll have to purchase an optional wireless adapter
Which one do you prefer?
NOTE: Specs do change from time to time so be sure to double check!
Slacker seems to have had their answer to the AT&T’s bandwidth on the iPhone ready and ready to go. The latest version of Slacker Radio for the iPhone now supports caching stations for later playback. This will allow you to bulk up on your favorite slacker stations and listen to the in the car, on a jog or anywhere else you might not want to use 3G. It also is a boost to iPod touch users. This begs the question that unless your really want to own a song do you need anything but Slacker? Find the latest Slacker 2.0 in the iTunes store.
AT&T announced yesterday that starting Monday June 7, 2010 they will no longer be offering unlimited data plans. They will have two plans, 200 MB for $15 a month and 2GB for $25 a month. While these seem restrictive AT&T claims that 98% of their users don’t exceed 2GB so they will now be getting a $5 discount, right?
Will Slacker & Pandora users be hurt by the new plans?
If by one estimate Slacker and Pandora use about 50MB per hour of transmission, then the $15 plan would blow through your allotment in 4 hours of 3G listening. The 2GB plan would give you would give you about 40 hours of listening via 3G. Not bad unless you spend a LOT of time listening in your car where you can’t get wifi access.
9 Hours a Week.
Allowing 4 hours for data, email and other online activities, can you live with just 9 hours a week of turly mobile Internet Radio?
From the Manufacturer
From the Manufacturer Squeezebox Boom puts endless music from every corner of the globe at your fingertipsIf you love digital music, but wish it could be as simple as just turning on the radio, Logitech Squeezebox Boom lets you listen to Internet radio, music services and even your own music files. Just turn it on, pick the station, the artist, the podcast or the playlist and go. It’s a player that’s easy to use, easy to play anywhere in your house. With (more…)
Choose between more than 11,000 radio stations worldwide via built-in vTuner with no monthly cost Compatible with universal Plug-n-Play audio servers such as: Microsoft Media Player 11 (WMP11), Microsoft Media Connect, MusicMatch Jukebox Wireless access WIFI 802.11 b and g, Ethernet and USB 2.0 (host only) connectivity Access music fi les (MP3, WMA, WAV) stored on a USB 2.0 flash drive, MP3 player or Hard drive through the unit¿s USB port Alarm clock function with 2 programmabl (more…)
With Grace Wireless Internet Radio you can listen to over 15,000+ radio stations, 20,000+ on-demand radio programs, and over 35,000 podcasts from around the world.
File this under too-little too-late. The online music listening service Rhapsody is planning on offeirn off line listening soon. Sort of like how Slacker has been doing for almost a year already on the Blackberry for free. With Rhapsody you’ll need to have a subscription. That said you downloaded songs can be listened to and accessed from the device as long as the user is subscribed to Rhapsody’s service; once a user drops the subscription, the songs presumably become inoperative. Rhapsody’s planning on submitting it to the App Store “very soon.” Until it lands, users will have to be satisfied with the YouTube video and their existing app. This is certainly a step in the right direction for Rhapsody and great if you want to choose the songs you listen to. Or in this case, rent the songs you want to listen too.