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Freecom MusicPal WLAN Internet Radio

by Freecom
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • TECHNICAL SPECIFI CATIONS :
  • 240Mhz Marvel Orion processor, 32MB DRAM memory, 20 bit D/A converter, supported bit depth: 8-bit, 16-bit stereo or mono
  • NETWORK Int erfac eS: 802.11b/g, RJ45 (Ethernet)
  • Network Security : WEP, WPA, WPA2
  • Audio Interfaces: Composite, line out (stereo)
  • Power Supply : 5V external power adapter (included)
  • SPEAKER: 3W mono linear magnetic drive full range loudspeaker
  • Dimension s: 26,5 x 11,5 x 8 cm / 10.4 x 4.5 x 3.2 inch
  • WEI GHT: 600g / 21.2 ounce
  • Supported audio formats:
  • Internet radio streams: MP3, WMA (supporting BBC stations)
  • Audio streaming: MP3 (CBR/VBR, up to 320 Kbps), WMA, WAV (LPCM)
  • Supported services & protocols: UPnP, HTML (Web GUI), DHCP, fixed IP, WLAN, Live RSS/Blog feeds in display, Podcast (MP3/WAV), ID3 (V1.0 / V2.0), M3U, PLS
  • Internet Radio Services: vTuner, Shoutcast
  • LCD Display : 128 x 64 pixel
  • Firmware:
  • Open firmware (based on Linux Kernel 2.6), upgradeable to ensure that the latest capabilities and services can be offered on your Freecom MusicPal
  • Minimum requirements for internet radio:
  • Router with wireless 802.11b/g or wired 10/100 RJ45 Ethernet connection (broadband internet connection required for internet radio)
  • Minimum requirements for mp3 streaming :
  • PC connection: Windows XP or Vista with MediaPlayer 11 Mac connection: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher, UPnP software NAS Device: UPnP compatible hardware (UPnP Server)
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Freecom 32399 MusicPal internet radio + USB/RC Freecom 32399 MusicPal internet radio + USB/RC 3.3 out of 5 stars (3)
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Technical Details
BrandFreecom
Item Weight599 g
Product Dimensions8 x 26.4 x 11.5 cm
Item model number29309
Computer Memory TypeDDR DRAM
Wattage3 watts
  
Additional Information
ASINB000TQJX8U
Best Sellers Rank 103,831 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.5 Kg
Date First Available28 Nov 2007
  
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Live News;Keep up-to-date with the latest news, weather forecasts*, stock exchange info* and blog entries using the Live RSS/Blog feeds. MusicPal can display the latest news, your local weather forecast or blog information and will update you automatically whenever there is new content Alarm;With the built-in alarm clock, it is a great bedside companion. Wake up with your
favourite music playing. MusicPal is a full function clock radio with alarm, sleep and snooze function Design;Stylish black design fits every home and office environment;Convenient navigation and control with the easy to use scrolling wheels;Favorites button to access your preset favourite stations easy and quickly;Large display shows you all sorts of information such as; radio station, artist, time, latest news and more

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More and more people start using RSS which is a popular way to pull in news and information from across the Internet and allow web sites to easily push content to subscribers directly
Subscribers are instantly updated with the latest information and news from web servers
Freecom Internet radio enables ways of music listening and RSS/Blog information in one device - Freecom MusicPal
Just put the Freecom Internet radio MP3 streamer anywhere in your house and, with the push of a button, play thousands of radio stations or enjoy your own digital music library
Like the original radio people know, the Internet radio is a device that will find it's way to millions of households in the next years
Wireless Internet radio from Freecom, it plays Internet radio without the use of a PC and streams also MP3 music from your computer or network via WLAN

 
 Product Description Freecom MusicPal network audio player 
 Product Type Network audio player 
 

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's the music, Pal? 15 Dec 2007
By LegendaryMrDude TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Originally purchased to stream music from my PC to another room in the house where there wasn't a PC, I've grown increasingly fond of my MusicPal. So much so, that I bought another one for a different room.

It's a simple concept - essentially a "radio" that connects to your home wireless network and either streams internet radio stations or your own music from any DLNA server you have at home (think PS3, Windows Vista, Windows Media Player 11, Windows Media Centre edition - and I'm sure there are equivalents for the Mac).

It's small (about the size of a couple of paper-packs) and unobtrusively styled with a simple user interface and a slightly retro black/grey monochrome LCD display. Two large dials provide the main controls - the one on the left determining volume and on the right position in the current song. Two smaller buttons, one for favourites and the other for "settings" are all that's needed to guide you through everyday use. The power supply is the only cable it needs although there are sockets for an RJ45 network connection, headphones and audio line-out.

It's simply to set up - plug it in, find your wireless network and give it the appropriate pass-phrase (it supports WEP and WPA) and you're away. It gets a DHCP address and scans for any media servers you have handy. If you've no media servers you can still access any of thousands of Internet Radio Stations (provided you have an Internet connection). These are sorted by country and genre - the array is mind-boggling and the quality widely variable but you can add shortcuts to give you quick access to your favourites at the press of a button.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This thing connected to my wireless network amazingly easily and quickly, was as simple as typing in the WEP key. Not tried with WPA security, but I can only assume that works as well.

The web interface is great (type the IP addy into your browser) although I haven't used it as much as I expected - apart from the fiddly entering of letters (it's only got two knobs and two buttons) the built in interface is very good.

It has a very basic web browser built in, which can be enabled from the web interface. This lets you use it to view websites, but in practice it is about the same quality as the first internet phones - not much use for anything and with no images or colour. You can also set it to take RSS feeds for displaying under the clock as well as in an RSS viewer.

I normally don't like wireless much and only connected this to it because my network socket is behind my desk and I couldn't be bothered moving it. I had planned to connect this to the wired network eventually but I don't think I'll bother - its perfectly reliable on wireless.

The list of stations built in seems very comprehensive. It works perfectly with BBC Internet Radio, the negative reviewers complaining about the lack of this feature are trying to get around the fact that they are in a different country and trying to steal radio funded by the British public by using the internet version, which blocks foreign connections for this very reason.

The sound quality from the speaker is almost exactly what I expected for 60 - more than acceptable for using around the house, but not for dedicated listening. I'll certainly use it when I have the radio outside in the garden but indoors I have used the line out feature.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, easily used Internet Radio 11 May 2008
I bought this as a present for my wife to use in the and around the home and it performs stunningly well. The initial setting up was a bit fiddly, but then I find many of todays digital devices fiddly to get going.
The range and variety of stations is amazing - there are literally thousands in addition to all the BBC faithfuls. [ On setting the radio into operation you will be confronted with the option to download an update to the inbuilt software - just go for the "Yes/OK" option as it only takes moments and brings all the radio station data right up to date].
No matter where we take the radio throught the house (it must be plugged into a 230V AC socket to work) reception is excellent. I'm using a "BT Voyager 2110" wireless router and the Internet radio receives solid signals everywhere throughout the house and even in those areas where my WiFi Laptop just won't work - so I'd say that the radio is very sensitive.
Sound quality isn't Hi-Fi, but then the radio isn't intended to be a Hi-Fi receiver. The sound quality, and available volume, is more than acceptable for general listening around the house and, in many instances, is surprisingly pleasant.
Do note that if the radio is switched 'on' and left running throughout the day, unless you have 'unlimited' broadband you will suddenly discover that your download allowance has been gobbled up.
[This applies to any Internet Radio, not just this specific model]
Several reviewers have muttered about poor build quality and lack of weight - well I don't share those views. There are so called "better" internet radios available but at double, treble or quadruple the price and I've not seen or heard any that perform or work any better than this Freecom MusicPal WLAN Internet Radio.
Do I recommend it ? Yes, I do, and several family friends have bought them and are equally as well pleased. It's darned good value for money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this product
Apart from a need, maybe once a week or less, to reboot this device, it is excellent value for the price. I suspect that it is now no longer available, but if it is, buy it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Reviewer Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic gadget, and very simple to use
It's a very simple one, and the price is also very nice. I have it for some years and I have no problems to use it. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by msv
4.0 out of 5 stars music pal indeed
i have owned this wonderful device for over three years now.
im nothing but satisfied because it just works you plug in enter your wireless key and bang you can listen to... Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2011 by alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Freecom MusicPal WLAN Internet Radio
Very happy with the product. Arrived soon after being purchased. Can listen to radio from all over the world. Easy to set up. Can recommend this product.
Published on 18 Oct 2010 by SMacgregor
5.0 out of 5 stars Could it be easier or better?
I cannot imagine why someone cannot receive BBC stations with the little gem. It is easy to set up, easy to use, and a pleasure to own. Read more
Published on 22 July 2010 by Wyss, Ingrid
1.0 out of 5 stars Kevin
Em, Id like to say Ive had a really positive experience with this product, but the truth is that I cant.

I bought this unit for my mother, Initially it all worked fine. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2010 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars clicky clicky clicky
This radio almost never stays connected to my internet and I always have to unplug it to enable it to connect again (no on/off switch which is very annoying.). Read more
Published on 15 May 2010 by Mr. C. Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
I bought one, liked it so much bought a second, and now a third. A neighbour bought one too after seeing ours. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2009 by Steven Pemberton
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief thoughts on Musicpal
Just some very brief thoughts on the Musicpal, which I've owned for a while now, having purchased it to replace an Intempo GX-01. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2009 by MD-72
5.0 out of 5 stars You can now listen to BBC Radio 4 live outside the UK on Musicpal
Written mid June 2009

If you're reading this outside the UK, you are probably thinking of purchasing Musicpal to listen to BBC Radio abroad? Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2009 by Peter Watters
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