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January 05, 2011

PURE Internet Radios, Cloud Music Service Making Noise at CES

Amidst the sea of electronics and new innovative gadgets flooding this week’s Consumer Electronics Show “CES,” a Kings Langley, U.K.-based company, is making noise with the introduction of new Internet-connected devices and a cloud music service that takes using a radio to a whole new level.

In addition to a new FlowSongs service and Lounge iPhone (News - Alert) app, PURE, the company behind a number of Internet connected devices, also introduced three new products - the Contour, ONE Flow and i-20.“We design our products in a way that makes it easy for consumers to discover, access, store, share and interact with content from a variety of sources like never before,” Charles Bellfield, general manager for PURE North America said in a press release.

Now, Bellfield said, North American consumers can, “rediscover radio” with products that “sound as fantastic as they look.” During an exclusive interview with TMCnet earlier this year, Bellfield noted that while this is not a new market, it is finally becoming mainstream - with more than 70 percent of U.S. consumers now connected to the Internet through broadband connections.

“Within the radio/audio market, PURE allows consumer access to content beyond their physical location through attractive consumer electronics products in the correct location, not just through personal computers and Web browsers,” Bellfield told TMCnet.

FlowSongs will be available as part of PURE’s Lounge Media Portal in the Spring for a $5.99 annual subscription fee and will allow users to buy music direct from their radio by simply tagging music tracks they hear playing on the radio and would like to purchase for anywhere between $0.99 - $1.49.

For additional access to The Lounge portal, the company has also introduced an iTunes app available now for $4.99 that lets iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users listen to their content over their mobile devices anywhere they go.

To further “turn up the volume” while at the show, the company also announced Contour, an Internet-connected digital radio and media streamer with retractable iPod/iPhone dock, scheduled to be available in March 2011 for an MSRP of $299.

Also, ONE Flow, an affordable and eco-friendly digital radio was introduced. This ultra portable device is currently available via the company’s website for an MSRP of $149.

Finally, to meet the rising demand for video content, i-20, is a next generation digital iPod/iPhone dock with an MSRP of $99 and that supports all popular analogue video formats and integrates digital music and video collections.

Yours truly had a chance to review the company’s EVOKE Flow unit this past year and have since, completely replaced the stereo in my home for this more modern, advanced unit. Check out my review HERE.

Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering voice and Voice over IP technologies. She also oversees production of TMCnet's e-Newsletters in the areas of Internet telephony and speech technology. To read more of Stefania's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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