So here’s a question for the other bloggers out there. I hope this works out!
Ms. J’s sister sent us a Sonos recently. (Hi B! and D too!) It’s a device that hooks up to your wifi system that allows you to stream music from internet sources. It can be controlled by a smartphone app, or from your computer. It will play any radio station that is equipped for internet streaming, as well as internet based services such as Pandora and Spotify, and any music that you have downloaded such as from Itunes, or CDs that you’ve copied to your computer’s hard drive. The advantage over just streaming through your computer is that the sound is exactly like a high quality receiver rather than the merely adequate tiny speaker from the computer. To play a specific radio station, just open the app and type in the call letters of the station, and you’re listening to a station in Ireland, or Australia, or anywhere else. It’s one of those things that once it’s hooked up, which takes about two minutes, makes me wish I had thought of it first, oh well. In other words, it’s awesome. (Thanks B!)
So the question is, what should we check out ? Is there a station or program that you would recommend ? Don’t worry, we’re not picky; music, news, commentary, I don’t care. Though we are older people now, so we’re not listening to much of the Top 40 hits that the young people seem to like these days. We’re more of the NPR listener and The Economist reader types, though we will sometimes listen to classical, bluegrass, jazz, and the odd new wave bands from the 80’s that I fondly remember. I’ve started listening to BBC 4, which broadcasts a variety of drama and comedy programs. A station in New Zealand, hooray for obscure New Zealand bands! A bluegrass station in Arkansas, and I can finally listen to John Funke’s show, “Backwoods”, from MIT University radio, WMBR. This is a show devoted to somewhat unknown songs from the 40’s and 50’s; Country, R&B, Rockabilly, some early Rock and Roll and Blues. Even though we’re only 50 or so miles from Boston, we can’t pick up this small station on a conventional radio. Their streaming service doesn’t seem to work very well either, you would think that MIT would figure something out, but no.
Anything else anyone could recommend ?
Are there any children’s programs you would recommend ? I haven’t been able to find much so we’re relying on Pandora for now, but Mr. C is getting tired of hearing the same selection of Raffi and Elizabeth Mitchell songs played over and over.
Let me know what you think, I’d be interested in getting some comments on this from anywhere, especially outside the US. I’ll try to check out anything people come up with.
Here’s what the Sonos looks like, it’s the little black cylinder thing in the center, in back of the cook book. No need for the bulky old “Hi-Fi Set” in our small house now.