Part of me thinks that Philips is too scared to give its products proper names in case we're disappointed with what they produce. It's a bit of a shame really because the quite dry sounding Philips NP2900 is actually a very nice piece of kit.
What we're looking at is an apparently well designed, well engineered £249 machine that'll work over Wi-Fi to play streamed MP3s from your hard drive and all billions of internet radio stations too.
Better still, the NP, er, what was that number again, comes with a new Philips technology they call LivingSound which aims to expand the stereo sweet spot of the system with a series of precisely angled drivers within the four speakers and specially levelled internal amps. The plan is to broaden the soundscape as much as possible.
Naturally, it also comes with Philips FullSound tech too which aims to unruin the ruin caused by MP3 file compression at the slight expense of having to guess what the music is supposed to sound like. Perhaps not a technology for the purist but then nor are MP3s.
Available from May '09 (this month)
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We've already know what Spotify has in store for the iPhone but job ads spied on the Swedish company's website today show that they've got plans to bring the music streaming service to Android and S60 phones as well.
The description is for software engineers who will "help us make Spotify mobile"...
I was quite enamoured by the idea of the i2i Stream when I had a quick look at it at CES but then what's a concept until you've actually tried the bugger? So, it fell to the wonderful Susi from Shiny Shiny to take them for a spin and work out whether wireless music streaming is actually something that we need.
One our favourite legit online-music-stations-cum-social-networking-sites, Last.fm, now has its very own iPhone /iPod Touch application, available to download from the iTunes App store. Just hit up the store's Music category to find it.
Picture the scene, you've stumbled back in from a big night out. You've got your boozing buddies in tow. Whoever you live with is going to kill you but sod them, you're drunk, who cares?
More to the point you've got to get the music on but you can barely see, let alone follow the trail of empty CD boxes to find a disc that's actually there. What you can do, however, is go to Musicovery.com and click just once to get a play list long enough to last until dawn.
This fantastic, flash-based, interactive web radio is quite simply the best thing I've seen all year...