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Aluratek Enters Internet Radio Market

5/22/2008 03:11:00 PM Eastern

Irvine, Calif. — Aluratek, a maker of PC accessories and digital photo frames, entered the Internet radio market with a $149-suggested model incorporating built-in Wi-Fi.

The Internet radio alarm clock connects via 802.11b/g or wired Ethernet to a router to stream more than 11,000 free Internet radio stations without the use of a PC. The radio, which features FM tuner, also streams music from over-the-air from a networked PC and, via a front-panel USB 2.0 port, from connected USB flash-memory drives, USB hard drives and USB-connected MP3 players, but not USB-connected iPods.

It plays back music in MP3, WMA and WAV formats, and it uses Microsoft Universal plug-and-play (UPnP) technology to stream music from UPnP-equipped PCs and compatible jukebox software. Consumers can search for Internet streams by genre, country or state.

For Wi-Fi network use, it supports WEP encryption and the WPA 2.0 security standard.

Two programmable alarms let users wake up internet radio stations, FM radio, music stored on a networked PC or USB device, or choice of several alarm tones. The embedded 2x2-watt amplifier drives a single speaker, but external speakers can be added via two RCA speaker-level outputs. A 3.5mm headphone jack is included. It comes with remote and FM antenna.

The product will be available mainly through e-tailers such as Amazon.com, Buy.com and Newegg.com.

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