Aluratek USB Internet Radio Jukebox

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Good but not great

Nov 24, 2008 (Updated Nov 26, 2008)
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Pros:Fast & easy installation.  Makes it easy to explore thousands of Internet Radio stations.

Cons:Clunky, awkward interface.  Relying on the USB key to use the software can get annoying.

The Bottom Line: A bit quirky, but works as advertised.

The Aluratek Internet Radio Jukebox is great for finding & surfing radio stations around the world and playing them through a single user interface.  I had it up and running on my home PC in no time, just as advertised. Reasons I didn't give it 5 stars:

- The interface itself is clunky, cryptic and a bit slow. It's easy enough to use, just kind of awkward.

- It does not necessarily work on "locked down" office workstations. Although it doesn't need to install software to run, it does need to be able to put a special driver in your Windows directory. Not a deal-breaker by any means, but something to be aware of if you plan to use it on a restricted PC.

- Having the software reside on a USB key is convenient and portable on the one hand, but it can get a bit annoying over time: the key doesn't do anything special, it just runs the program.  You don't have the option to run the program from your hard disk instead.  Imagine needing to plug in separate USB keys every time you wanted to use a web browser or word processing software.

All in all, the Internet Radio Jukebox is great for exploring Internet radio stations. If you'd like that process made simpler and more convenient, then you'll probably be happy with the device. Otherwise, it's not all that different from simply bookmarking favorite stations with your Web browser.

Recommend this product? Yes

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