This is the new Logitech Squeezebox Boom. It's an Internet radio that works through your home WiFi hotspot or a wired Ethernet connection to your LAN. It packs 30 watts of stereo power for deep bass and lots of dynamic range. It has a nice size digital clock with auto-dimming. I had been using the C Crane Internet radio before, but it's no match for this!
The price is a bit high, averaging around $275 or so, but I think it's well worth every penny. The setup Wizard is easy to use. I had it working in about five minutes, which immediately gave me access to thousands of stations, Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius, Last.fm, Slacker, MP3Tunes, RadioTime, RadioIO, and even a super connection to all the stuff in my iTunes library, including my playlists. It plays a whole bunch of file formats, like MP3, M4A, M4P, WMA, FLAC, AAC, AIFF, and others.
I set up an account on the SqueezeNetwork website, downloaded the SqueezeCenter software for the Mac (it also works with Windows), then added MusicMaster Oldies as a custom station. It claimed to be pre-configured for all the Live365 stations, but I haven't found them yet. If they're not there, I'm certainly going to send them a suggestion to add them to the default setup. No matter. It was easy enough to add MusicMaster Oldies using the URL: http://www.live365.com/play/mmoldies
The alarm clock was easy to set up and it works perfectly. There's even a snooze bar on top that doubles as a Sleep button at night. It has a battery backup, and even changes automatically to a beeper if the Internet station you set is not available. There's a remote control, too, but I've always thought those were a little strange for a bedside radio. Still, I know at least one person who puts their clock radio on a dresser across the room, so I guess some people use the remote.
I'll be adding all my favorite terrestrial radio stations so I can keep tabs on all my friends in the business. It looks like I can add as many as I want, but I know I'm going to fill up all the pushbuttons by the end of the day! MusicMaster Oldies is on button number one. I'll let you know who ends up winning a spot on all the other buttons!