Below sitting on top of my mono phono stage is one of my two Roku soundbridges:
It is a model M1001. It will stream music from my computer or tune to streaming internet radio stations via wifi.
I have had a love / hate relationship with these things from the start.
I love them because I can listen to the station displayed on the picture. I have moved out of the range of that station on terrestrial radio so this and the computer are my only options. Of course I now have access to thousands of other streaming stations.
OK, why the hate part? These things take user hostility to a new level and Roku's customer service is utterly useless. It is possible to browse internet radio stations however it is time consuming. It has presets and favorites however loading them requires one of two computer programs. One called Radio Roku allows you to search their data base for stations and hopefully load them into the favorites in the Roku. So far I have had no success with that program. There is a second program called Radiosnoop which I had some success with in the past. With Radiosnoop running you find a streaming station on the computer and Radiosnoop analyzes it for compatibility with the Soundbridge. If it is compatible you load it into the Soundbridge via wifi. Radiosnoop does not run on Mac (my wife's computer). It is compatabile with some versions of Windows. When I had access to a Windows machine from work I had some success in loading the presets. I now have my own Windows machine running Windows 7. It turns out Radiosnoop is not compatible with Windows 7.
One of my Soundbridges got into a snit and I had to reload the firmware. It works now but the only presets it has are the crappy ones which someone at Roku likes.
I have reached my limit of exasperation with these things. I am at the point of Graig's listing them and buying competitive boxes such as Squeezeboxes.
Is there anyone here who can help me with these infernal boxes?