This week’s column is a gift giving guide for the music lover in your life. The $50 range seems like the sweet-spot for many people when giving gifts so we are going to keep most of the suggestions under that price point – but a couple were too good to skip so we’ve included a few that are a little more than that. So read through and find the perfect gift for your significant other, boss that “gets it” and lets you schedule around summer festivals, roommate, neighbor, family member or anyone else that loves music as much as you do.
Some of the items below are products we’ve previously reviewed on Technology Tuesday. Others, we haven’t yet written about. In both cases, you can be sure that your gift recipient will love the item and it comes highly recommended! If you have any other great ideas, by all means, leave them in the comments. The gift idea suggestions are listed in no particular order. Good luck with all your shopping!
For the first time in our history, the Hidden Track staff has put together a list of ten items for the rabid music lover in your life. These are all items with the HT stamp of approval and if we don’t own ‘em, we wish we did. So let’s get down to business, ’cause frankly – if you haven’t started shopping yet you’re going to need all the help you can get…
HT Suggests: Logitech Squeezebox Radio
Why You’d Want It: This all-in-one music player allows you to listen to SiriusXM, Pandora, Rhapsody, a whole host of other services, thousands of internet radio stations and any music files you throw at it in any room of your house – no computer required. All you need is a wi-fi connection and you’re golden.
The Squeezebox is the same size as a clock radio and is about as easy to use as it gets once you get past the annoying initial installation. We had a chance to play around with a unit and we loved being able to switch from hearing about the hot stove on sports radio station WFAN to listening to Howard Stern interview Billy Joel on Sirius to streaming Miles Davis’ All Blues over Pandora in just a few short clicks of the click wheel. There’s a handy program guide that makes finding new stations a snap and the color display tells you everything you need to know about what you’re listening to including all the track information from Sirius/XM.
Terrestrial radio might be dying, but the Squeezebox shows that internet and satellite radio are where it’s at for a ridiculously wide variety of listening options.
Grab It At: Amazon.com for $149.99
READ ON for more of HT’s First Annual Holiday Gift Guide…