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Keeping radio free

Internet box avoids subscription

We've had it with monthly subscriptions. It's the reason that we haven't gotten rid of our our old TiVo box, which we purchased with a lifetime subscription in 2001, even though it sometimes seems as if we can store only two or three shows on its tiny hard drive.

And as much as we like the idea of satellite radio, we're too stubborn (cheap) to pay any monthly fees for it. All of which is why we're intrigued by the idea of the "Acoustic Energy Wi-Fi Internet Radio."

Sure, we can tune in Net stations on the PC, but it can be a pain finding and bookmarking your favorites. Popgadget says the Acoustic radio includes 5,000 stations on a broadcast list that's updated automatically and can be browsed easily by name, category or country.

At $300 the radio is a tad on the pricey side for what it is, but that's exactly what we paid for our TiVo box--and we've had it for six years.