I have blogged about Pandora.com before; it's an excellent mode for listening to music geared to your own tastes: You create a station by submitting various songs and artists you like and Pandora adds similar music. If you don't like the song they're playing, you give it a thumbs-down and it's never played again.
I've often wished I could listen to Pandora in other rooms, while I'm doing housework. Right now, the only way I can do that is to turn up the volume on my computer, which of course makes it too loud in the computer room and not loud enough in the bedroom. Plus the fact that Pandora stops playing after a certain amount of time if you're not there to click and give it the go-ahead. Pandora wants you on the computer if you're going to use their band-width.
Thanks to my sponsor (over on the right) I had some money to spend, and I decided to use it toward the purchase of a Grace Wireless Internet Radio. I read the reviews on C-net, and they seem to be favorable.
So now I'll be able listen to Pandora without even turning the computer on! Let's face it, you can't find any stations that play Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Loudon Wainwright III, Chuck Brodsky, The Carter Family, Iris Dement, and Kasey Chambers. I don't know of anyone other than myself who even wants to listen to that combination of musicians.
That's what's so wonderful about Pandora: No matter how weird your taste in music, you can fashion a station to your liking.
I'll let you know how I like my Internet radio, once it arrives. This will be my answer to Cliff's XM radio!