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Old 05-07-07, 11:58 PM   #1
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"Help me find portable radio" and rant

I don't like how many of the things I like necessitate supplementary stuff for them to work. Example: I love listening to music with my iPod Shuffle. To charge it, I need my computer. Also, I get kinda tired listening to the same songs all the time (I think we all do). So I get new music, which requires my computer and some source of music (be it the iTunes Music Store, ripped CDs, P2P networks, etc). The music store and p2p networks require internet access. And on and it goes.

We have, for the most part, come to accept these necessities as being worth the trouble. But I don't like it.

So I'd like to get a portable radio, so I can listen to the many varieties of music (i.e. accomodate my changing music tastes) between classes, while walking around town, etc. But batteries suck. They're expensive and not particularly good for the environment. DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A PORTABLE (AND SUITABLE FOR CARRYING AROUND TOWN) RADIO THAT RECHARGES VIA A/C OR OTHER MEANS?

I've checked Amazon and can't kind anything.

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Old 05-08-07, 12:12 AM   #2
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A battery radio, but with rechargeable batteries?

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Old 05-08-07, 12:26 AM   #3
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I don't like how many of the things I like necessitate supplementary stuff for them to work. Example: I love listening to music with my iPod Shuffle. To charge it, I need my computer. Also, I get kinda tired listening to the same songs all the time (I think we all do). So I get new music, which requires my computer and some source of music (be it the iTunes Music Store, ripped CDs, P2P networks, etc). The music store and p2p networks require internet access. And on and it goes.

We have, for the most part, come to accept these necessities as being worth the trouble. But I don't like it.

So I'd like to get a portable radio, so I can listen to the many varieties of music (i.e. accomodate my changing music tastes) between classes, while walking around town, etc. But batteries suck. They're expensive and not particularly good for the environment. DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A PORTABLE (AND SUITABLE FOR CARRYING AROUND TOWN) RADIO THAT RECHARGES VIA A/C OR OTHER MEANS?

I've checked Amazon and can't kind anything.

Thanks
C Crane Co usually has options like that. Use the name as a Google search term.
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Old 05-08-07, 01:51 AM   #4
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C Crane Co usually has options like that. Use the name as a Google search term.
Thanks Tom! I had seen 1 or 2 Freeplay radios on Amazon and REI, but C Crane has more of their products. I can be an impulsive buyer sometimes, so I'm gonna sleep on this one for a while.

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Old 05-08-07, 05:40 AM   #5
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Thanks KT! I had seen 1 or 2 Freeplay radios on Amazon and REI, but C Crane has more of their products. I can be an impulsive buyer sometimes, so I'm gonna sleep on this one for a while.
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what the heck is a radio.....?

does it play satellite?

how about cd's?
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http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTE...dio&Dept=audio

http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTE...man&Dept=audio

http://www.radioshack.com/family/ind...115&cp=2032054
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http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Eton-...oductDetail.do

Here is a reachargeable one from circuit city.
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Ha, I can't believe I said that. It was about 2 am, and I had been working on a final paper. My bad
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Ha, I can't believe I said that. It was about 2 am, and I had been working on a final paper. My bad
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Eton (aka Grundig) makes a line of hand-crank radios that are pretty nice.

Own two myself, one for the bathroom, and the other is a weather/tv band one that I keep around for emergencies.

the sound quality is pretty good on them, but the weather/TV band one has issues with the tuner that I will work out in the future...it's a definate engineering issue though....steer clear of that model.
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After some thought, I don't think I'll buy a radio.

I think that if I use a radio at home, I won't get so tired of the songs on my iPod, so I won't need to download new songs for it, so I won't need internet access at home. If I really want to download songs, I can bring my laptop to school. Eerything else I use the net for I can do on the school's computers.

WOOHOO, cross off one less thing (internet access) that I need, although I'm adding one, too (the radio).
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Here's the one I use in the bathroom, about $30, and sounds decent to boot. Mine's in a pearlescent white color though.




edit: DOH! I thought you meant portable as in a small radio, when you meant like a walkman.
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Look for a used battery operated radio from a yard sale. Don't get one with any digital display, just a plain old dial. I have a 1970's Panasonic radio. It uses several 'C' batteries. I change the batteries about every 12 months. I listen to this radio for several hours almost every evening and for 5 or 6 hours most weekend days. The batteries last forever in it!
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