I gotta say, normally I wouldn't really write about gadgets but this one deserves the well known "exception to the rule" treatment.
So anyway, a few weeks ago, our very very basic kitchen radio broke down and we needed a new one. Instead of buying one of those cheap cd/radio/mp3 combination, we decided to buy a slightly more expense one. The so-called Logitech Radio. This is a small picture of the device:
This device truly is amazing. I won't bother you with the full specs but the combination of small size and (seemingly) endless possibilities make it worthwhile to write a story about it.
So basically, its a nerd radio. Its supports internet radio (connects through wi-fi), meaning, you have 1 gazillion radio stations at your disposal. This might seem confusing, but basically they ordered the stations on multiple levels. So first you can browse your "local" stations which covers most dutch stations. From there, you can search by genre, country etc. The interface makes it seem easy while you know, the amount of stations is basically limitless. Obviously, it has a good search function too.
Besides that, it connects to your local network. So if you have a network disk (or NAS), it will browse your local music. So you can listen to your music anywhere. Oh right, it can also connect to basically any other music device (i.e. iPod) so you probably won't run out of music to listen to.
Finally, it has support for apps. So it has that nice, full color display which it uses for cover art, but also has a nifty date time display which can display rss feeds but also weather information etc.
I'd highly recommend it..
More specs, check here.
Or check a movie...