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Is A Lack of Web Radio a Turn-Off?

Here's a hypothetical question for you: Suppose you had a little box that plugged into your TV and let you listen to, look at and watch all the digital media on your computer--your music, your photos, and TV-show and movie downloads. And it did all these things with an ease and elegance unmatched by most competing products. Suppose, though, that this device (with a few exceptions) could not play or display content that came off the Web.

You could view your own photos, but not those hosted at flickr or EasyShare Gallery. You could watch your own video files, but not anything from YouTube. And for all the MP3s you could play off your own computer, you couldn't listen to any Web radio stations: no KEXP, no Radio Paradise, no Pandora, no nothin'. The only exceptions: streaming previews of content offered at the online store run by the same company that sold you this box.

Would this thing appeal to you?

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 26, 2007; 11:33 AM ET
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