Internet radio to hit the roads?

At CES 2009, Blaupunkt and miRoamer have announced a partnership that will put internet radio into car dashboards for the first time.

Blaupunkt has put together two prototype devices, the Hamburg 600i for single-height dash configurations and the dual-height New Jersey 600i. The devices use the 3G phone’s Bluetooth connection to get online and access miRoamer’s thousands of internet radio stations. In addition to these stations, the devices can pull playlists put together and hosted online, pointing to MP3s and other music files found across the internet. Embedded 3G connectivity will probably be the next step…

Internet radio really looks more and more as the future of digital radio.

Radio Automation by Google

In the world of radio automation, here is a product that will probably announce some changes to come. Google Radio Automation is an all-in-one radio automation system that seems to include everything needed for modern broadcasting including podcasting.

The Google Radio Automation user interface is widget based for easy customization of the workspace.

Google Radio Automation comes packed in a 19″ rack enclosure featuring ability to cope with up to 3 removable drives but can also handle Google’s RED external RAID to support up to 12 drives for a max of 7.5Tbytes storage. Considering that one minute of CD-quality audio roughly represents 10 Mbytes, that’s quite some room to store audio files.

Last but not the least, Google Radio Automation natively supports Google AdSense for Audio.

If interested, just have a look at the show roadmap planned for the coming year.

What about the relevance to the radio uses, the performance of the product, its business model and finally its adoption by the radio broadcast industry? The future of Google Radio Automation will be interesting to follow.