Roku on Monday introduced the SoundBridge Radio, a Wi-Fi equipped network music player that also features an AM/FM radio and alarm. Roku expects to ship the SoundBridge Radio in November for US$399.
The SoundBridge Radio can play unprotected AAC or MP3 files over a wireless network streamed from a Mac or PC running iTunes, and also supports Windows Media DRM 10 services like Napster. It also plays AIFF and WAV audio files. It can play Internet radio stations in addition to regular AM and FM stations, and can store the Internet radio stations’ locations as presets.
The SoundBridge Radio features stereo speakers and a subwoofer. It also has a Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard (SD/MMC) slot and a volume-ramping alarm that can be used with digital music, Internet radio, AM/FM, playlists, podcasts or alarm tones. A headphone jack lets you listen privately.
Like other SoundBridges, the SoundBridge Radio features a display that shows users artist and track information and the time. The SoundBridge Radio also features a built-in light sensor that automatically dims the display in low light. Also included is a remote control.