Aluratek USB Internet Radio Jukebox AIRJ01F Reviewed

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Manufacturer: Aluratek

Product Name: USB Internet Radio Jukebox AIRJ01F

Review Date: 09/16/08

Author: Kristofer Brozio

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Most days I’m at my computer from the time I get up till I go to bed about 90% of the time, and most of that time I’ve got WinAmp playing listening to music while I’m working, there’s nothing like jamming to some tunes to help make the day go by a bit faster. It’s nice to do this, but I’ve got a limited collection of music and there are times it gets old, so some days I’ll turn the radio on and listen to that, or I’ll just work in silence…

Having the internet offers us access to a whole new library of music, and no I don’t mean downloading it, I mean Internet Radio! Internet Radio is just like terrestrial radio with numerous stations, but only better, you normally don’t have to worry about signals getting lost with the internet. There are probably more internet radio stations than there are over the air so you’ve got tons more to choose from. Another great features is these stations play specific formats, so if you want to listen to all metal, or all classical or all whatever you can easily find a station that fits your listening style.

Today for review I’ve got the USB Internet Radio from Aluratek, this little product allows you to listen to a plethora of internet based radio stations from all around the world quickly and easily. Just plug it in and in a few seconds you’ve got tunes!

The USB Internet Radio comes in the familiar sealed plastic clamshell package, there’s lots of information all over it describing the product and what it can do.

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Included with the USB Internet Radio is a brief instruction manual and that’s it.

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If you didn’t know what this product was you would assume it was a standard USB thumb drive for storage, it looks exactly like one. The only thing I don’t like is the product is the coloring, the cap and end piece are pink, or maybe a rose color.. maybe it’s a guy thing but I don’t care for pink things that much… other than that it seems well made , the black colored section is actually metal so it’s fairly durable.

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Specifications:

Aluratek USB Internet Radio Jukebox AIRJ01F

Product Overview
The USB Internet Radio Jukebox allows you to easily access more than 13,000 radio stations in over 150 countries around the world with no monthly fees. Simply insert the USB Internet Radio Jukebox into your computer’s USB port and you have a world of entertainment at your fingertips via Aluratek’s internet media player.

You can search for music geographically by continent / country / state or by the more than 50 different available genres including a wealth of news and sports radio stations broadcast throughout the world. Once you find a favorite station whether it is from your local country or while visiting other countries around the world, simply add it to your favorites folder. You can also search for the top ten radio stations in each country or by each genre and cast your own vote for each channel.

No software installation is required making this a truly plug-n-play experience. Let the fun begin!
Product Features

*Access 13,000 internet radio stations worldwide instantly
*No monthly cost
*Search music by genre, i.e. classic, pop, country, etc. and geographically over 150 countries
*No software installation
*Plug-n-Play directly to your computer’s USB port
*Keep a list and vote for your favorite radio stations to tabulate TOP 10 genre and region lists among all users

Product Requirements

*Windows 2000, XP & Vista
*Internet Explorer 6 or 7
*Internet connection

Price: $25.00 and up

The end of the USB Internet Radio does light up when plugged into your USB port to let you know it’s working.

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If your computer is set to auto run the program will start as soon as you plug it in, if not I’m sure you know just to click the program to start it. Once running the interface loads up and you’ve got a few options running down the side, nine of them to be exact.  There is a search bar in the top left corner, in the top middle is the ‘now playing’ bar. On the bottom of the interface are annoying banner ads of more Aluratek products..

The first is ‘Top 10 – Genre’, it lists the top ten stations according to their genre.

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The second option is ‘Top Ten – Region’,  once selected a map appears and you just click on and are, up pops a list of stations popular in that part of the world.

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The next two options offer you the choice of finding stations by either Genre or Geographical location.

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The next tab down is ‘Favorites’ which is pretty self-explanatory, all of the stations that you favorited are here. You’ll notice some column off to the right of the stations, here you’ve got options to delete, vote and move the order up or down.

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The next tab would be ‘History’, you can see all of the stations that you’ve recently played. You’ll notice some columns off the right here as well, you can click the ‘heart’ to favorite a station, and again you can vote on them. The little houses are homepage links to the stations if you wish to visit them to learn more.

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The three tabs are ‘Settings’, ‘Contact Us’ and ‘Help’ – The Help selection leads to the Aluratek website. The only settings are language and the default station to play when you plug it back into your computer.

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I can’t quite figure out why the ads are here.. well I know why they are there, to sell more products, but this is something you’d see on ‘freeware’ or ‘ad supported’ products, not on something that is bought and paid for.

Other than that the interface on the USB Internet Radio Jukebox from Aluratek is easy to use and it’s actually kinda fun discovering all these new radio stations.

Though, I did find out that it doesn’t work every time I’ve plugged it in, not sure if it’s because I’m using Vista (doubt it) or some other bug in there. When this happens it basically crashes and I just have to unplug it and plug it back in and all is well, but it shouldn’t do that….

 

Conclusion:

This product is one that is rather cool and useful for finding that listening to new music on the internet. It provides an easy to use interface to allow you to enjoy the music that’s available from all over the world.

I’m not sure what’s going on with it crashing, it’s annoying to be sure, but not a big deal really. It doesn’t do it all of the time and it doesn’t do it while the program is running, only for some reason sometimes when I plug it in. It could be the unit I received is faulty also…

The banner ads are annoying, and they really need to go, this is something I’d expect from a product you get for free, not something you pay for.

Pros:

-Small and portable 

-Works great 

-Inexpensive 

Cons:

-Ads can get annoying 

-It’s like pink colored?!?

 

Grades:

Overall: score-8-10

Design:

Performance: score-7-10

  • LC

    This device is great and easy to use.

    However, it does not tell you what song is playing. There is a button to link you to the home page of the stion you are listening too, but they dont always say what is playing or it is difficult to find on there page.

    Selection in certain genres is limited like New Age…

    Overall it is worth the money as you can take it with you…

  • Larry Dickman

    I really enjoy my Aluatek Jukebox USB internet radio dongle. I recently found a cool station in Italy named Italia Graffiati, kind of refreshing to hear some upbeat music that I don’t hear here in the USA.

    For the price (I paid$29.95 on ebay) I’m very pleased with my purchase. I find a station I like, then minimize the player and then get busy on the Net with whatever I’m doing…

  • Brandon

    My work computer will not allow me to stream music from websites since a filter has been set. Do you think this device will allow me now stream music on my work computer since not using the software from the computer?

  • Bob

    What a piece of Sh#t!!! Inserted and ran the radio. When it asked to restart I indicated I would do it later. after I did restart and inserted the usb stick I get the radio and these flashing windows. one is the contents of the device and the other is the micrsoft window asking what to do with a music file. They keep flashing on the screen with the radio playing. What a piece of dung…

  • what’s the deal

    What’s the deal with this device, does it broadcast the station on an FM frequency so you can listen to the radio station on your home theather????? if not, if it is just basically for playing on your computer why to spend money on this when you can find those radio stations by yourself and play them on IE, Media Player, Winamp or whatever software you use, come on don’t be so lazy ppl.

  • Richard Evans

    CHRISTMAS DAY 2008

    I bought this USB Radio Device for a Christmas Present and the lady I bought it for, could not get it working.
    We viewed Lurateks website, that was useless, the only page of “help” for the product, gives you a driver to download,
    there is NO useful “error troubleshooting” information what so ever. There is no technical reference or information such as a nice document saying “use these settings to guarantee functionality”.

    From what I can gather, ACTIVE X must be enabled and permitted to use (within in the internet explorer settings), otherwise you will get the original errors that we got “service not found” in a regular webpage style format, within the luratek interface.

    I plug it in the laptop (VISTA HOME EDITION) and I have tried it in a windows XP Desktop computer…. Both computers “wirelessly link” with Wireless N to my router. They work 100% TOP NOTCH on the internet with firefox and with internet explorer. I have also tried this device on my “WIRED” internet computer, that goes directly to the router.

    I get the prompt to run the program / interface…. it runs… sits for ages then within the Aluretek interface, I get an error saying “check to make sure you have an internet connection”…. there are no buttons like “retry” or “cancel” that appear within the interface. I try pressing the RED X in the top right corner of the window, to close the program… that does not work.. in fact, the only way I can close the program is by going in to TASK MANAGER and ENDING THE SERVICE. If I END THE PROCESS (instead), it sits a while longer and then I get prompts of “send error to Microsoft”.

    So anyway,….. once the program loads (the interface)… it hangs, errors about an internet connection… and sits there forever… I have tried leaving it along for 10 minutes + and still no joy.

    I viewed the contents of the USB device… a whopping 1.2mb of information…. what a pricey product this is… you get a USB PEN DRIVE with 1.2mb program burned in to a chip.

    It is worth about $5.00 MAXIMUM in the USA… or in the UK about 4 UK pounds.

    You can easily get a good 4GB US Pen Drive and fit 4 million programs of a similar nature (for convenience) on a 4GB USB Pen Drive for under $10.00 now…. you could even get an 8GB Pen Drive for around $20.00

    If the company improve their website a LOT with useful documentation for both very technical and non technical people (see the Adaptec website and use that as a MODEL REFERNECE, it is brilliant)…… and if the software was upgradable, as internet pages change and radio stations come and go…… this device would be NEAT and very good…. but still not worth the $30.00 + TAX I paid for it at BJ’s club….. I have seen it go for between $20 + shipping and $25 + shipping online…… but even that is far too much for this little device.

    $5.00 as it is … would be the correct price…. or $10 to $20… if they made it in to a 4gb or 8gb pen drive with U3 technology and the internet radio interface program burnt in to the device….. now that would be COOL and NEAT and a lot more useful :)

    Good luck if you get this device, I have not found any “negative” reviews of this product….. I will be taking mine back as it does not work….. perhaps I just have a badly programmed device:? one that failed in its creation.

  • Ralph Paltoo

    I cannot get this device to work and I have tried this on three different computers at home. I tried to add it to the list of exceptions in my firewall and it still didn’t work. Don’t try emailing their support service. I have no respoonse in three days. I will be taking mine back to the store for a refund.
    For those who manage to get it working, I say great!

  • Tobias Fünke

    Just got one for Christmas. It’s worked maybe 2 out of the 5 times I’ve tried to use it so far. When it does work I have to put up with that auto run window that pops up and closes repeatedly as one person already mentioned. It does eventually stop after a few minutes but it’s still annoying.

    It’s a shame because when it does work it’s pretty convenient and useful. I suppose you could just go directly to many of these stations websites and stream directly from there. But there are literally thousands of stations available on this and I can’t imagine them all having websites. So you can’t argue that this makes things a lot easier. I love the fact that you can search by geographic area . I like listening to stations in Spanish so being able to choose from a list of countries in Latin America, or stations from Spain is very useful.

  • John Brohman

    Getting the Aluratek to work. Try this if you are running an XP box. Plug in the Aluratek. If it doesn’t work immediately, go to Control Panel and click on Administrative Tools. Click on the Computer Management shortcut. Click on Removable Storage. Click on Libraries. Right click on the Aluratek AIRJOIF USB Device. Click on Properties. Click on the Device Information Tab. Click on OK. That should engage the Aluratek. Either the Aluratek should now start on its own or you can access it via the appropriate Drive letter and clicking on the Aluratek icon. Unfortunately, I have found that you have to do this EVERY time you want to use the Aluratek.

    I have tried this device on three separate computers and found it only worked “out-of-the-box” on one. When it works, it works great. This product is NOT a device to be purchased as a present for someone else. It is definitely a product for someone with “geek” knowledge. It is not ready for “prime time”. Tech support is less than helpful.

  • zach

    sorry to say but this device is not worth $2.00 and doesn’t work most of the time. Save yourself
    some grief and don’t buy it; hope I can get my money back. Also internet explorer 6&7 have
    got some serious invasion possibilities you don’t need.

  • Adib

    The Aluratek is–relatively speaking–a very good entertainment device.
    It is true that one should have some operative knowledge about computers to get this working properly.
    And, of course, there is Pandora, and Slacker for free; I have those two, and the Aluratek.
    In conclusion, the Aluratek Jukebox is great for the price. One other point, it retails for $39.95; I purchased mine from MicroCenter for $29.95.
    Adib

  • Genuh

    I do not get the point… why pay 40$ for a “simple tuner” why you can have it for free, without adds? (things like screamer audio or plugin for winamp do it )…

  • alfredoR

    I do not really understand what’s that device for. I can already access to a internet radio just by using my Firefox browser and for the ‘Options’ part… well there is a lot of programs out there that do that and they are free.
    What could this device make that I couldn’t already do for free?

  • moi

    13,000+ radio stations? I couldn’t get more than 50. All I get was Connection Failed.
    It was difficult to install, especially on Windoze Vista. This is Vista’s fault for being such a piece of sh*t. After several attempts, Vista finally said it de-activated certains parts of the dongle and asked me if I want it activiated. After activating it, the dongle worked. But still, there’s only about 50 stations, not the 13,000+ claimed.

  • paul

    Don’t ever buy Aluratek product, I used to get a flash dive, only a couple months before it break down. Later I had a chance to get a blutooth adapter. It came with duplicate dongle and not working. I call the company they ask to send it back but need to wait for a ticket to do so, but the email never show up. In addition, a rebate from them never show up as well. This is a true evil company!

  • Adrian

    My computer at work will not allow me to stream music from webites since a filter has been set, do you think this device will allow me now to stream music on my work computer since I not using the software from the computer?

    Thanks
    Need Music to work

  • Larry C

    I bought this device it worked great on all my computers.Maybe some of you just are not computer savy.Do wish it would display the songs but it is a nifty little gadget.

  • Brooks Stephanie

    Garbage period I couldn’t even get pass the license agreement plug and play my A*S

  • Sebastian

    How can i braodcast my radio station on USB Internet Radio?
    I am all so braodcasting on vtuner saver

  • Tom Keane

    Truly a POS! Does not work. No help on the website. Have taken more time than it is worth and should have looked here FIRST! “Too late schmart” as my Grandfather used to say. Save your money on this toy. I have enough problems with hypertension without the aggrevation it caused. buy.com returns department here we come.

  • leonard bailey

    my radio worked fine untill i had a power failure after that it wont work at all

  • Merc Johnson

    It is interesting to see so many with problems. I’m using Windows Vista Ultimate and once the driver was installed it has been working flawlessly. It is truly Plug & Play. The Ads don’t bother me because I mostly have it minimized. I paid $20 with free shipping, so I think the price was ok.

  • Merc Johnson

    Hello again…

    Another couple of thoughts. :-) If a user doesn’t like the drive letter taken by the Jukebox, then it is easy to change it; for example, see or for a shorter URL.

    I created a shortcut on my desktop, which works well. However, when I changed something else (an external hard drive for backups wasn’t on when I first installed the Jukebox), then I change the Jukebox drive through a right click on properties and then shortcut.

  • Craig

    I bought exactly the same one, identical software, facia etc but in silver colour.
    It is branded prolectrix and was bought in UK from a Wilkinsons store for only £7.50.
    I find it a superb little device, very easy to use and portable too.
    The amount of radio stations never ceases to amaze me. The choice of music types is the setting I use most for listening to Rock, 80’s and Progressive Rock, (yes I am “old”).
    An absolute bargain I would recommend to anyone who enjoys music or even News and current affairs…..though thereis enough of that crap on TV !!!
    It plugged in and worked immediately…I love simple software.

  • Ravikant Dewangan

    worth buying it…..looks cooooool, but at the same time you can search in internet for online live radios and you can find lots nlots of online music streaming websites for free.

  • Gothic Hippy

    To answer the common question of why buy this when you can get radio for free. Because this gets 13000 stations and you can choose by genre or region. How much time is wasted searching for a station in a city you want in another country? Also if your job blocks things it wont block this so you can listen to radio at work. And finally if you listen to AOL Radio you get 3-4 ads at a time which gets annoying, and it constantly stops on you. And finally, maybe some of us like it all right there to choose from without the hassles of search. BTW I bought two off Amazon at only 13 bucks apiece with free shipping.

  • hank

    So it’s $14.99 at Fry’s. (12/23/09)

  • Rod Dougherty

    Still on Fry’s friday sales for $14.99 still. (01/22/10)
    I think I’ll pass on this one. Thx for the insight.

  • Istvan

    Oh man… This is just a stupid hard coded pendrive with some stupid SW to access shoutcast radios. Install winamp with the shoutcast library, you would get the same amount of radio stations, and of course you can filter by genre, search by name, etc.
    You can save as many radio stations as favourites to your bookmarks (and shoutcast radios can be listened with most of the media players, like the windows media player, and their website also offers different search possibilities). Not to mention all these alternatives are completely legal and free.

    I simply just don’t understand how can be so many people missleaded by these kind of products.

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  • http://? M.K.Akbar

    I want to know
    !. Can I listen to Radio CEYLON(Sri Lanka) thru Internet Radio with this device?
    2. Which is the best buy among stand alone internet radios(portable)?

  • earl l west

    I,m not too computer-savvy at all -but i think this device is well worth the price- i have an older E-mach’ never a problem so far- digital reception- no drops- beautiful separation-handy-diminuative- and the lighted pink glow is great! i,d buy another in a minute!

  • Christine

    Frys has the usb internet radio jukebox for $9.99 brand is Aluratek

  • mark mcbee

    10 bucks at Frys
    6-18-2010

  • Vic

    In response to M.K.Akbar’s first question: “Can I listen to Radio CEYLON(Sri Lanka) thru Internet Radio with this device?”

    The software this device allows for searches by region. I was unable to find anything searching for Ceylon but under Sir Lanka, I found the following stations listed and most of them worked with no problems:

    1 Lakhanda FM
    2 LankaBroadcast – Classic Channel
    3 LankaBroadcast – Remix Channel
    4 LankaBroadcast – Sinhala Buddhist Radio
    5 Neth FM
    6 Nilwala Radio (128kbps)
    7 Nilwala Radio (48kbps)
    8 Shakthi FM Online Radio – Sri Lanka
    9 SLBC City FM
    10 SLBC English Service
    11 SLBC Kandurata FM
    12 SLBC Sinhala Commercial
    13 SLBC Sinhala Commercial Service
    14 SLBC Tamil National Service
    15 SLBC Thendral
    16 Telradio
    17 TFFM – Tamils Flash FM
    18 Thayagam FM radio – Srilanka
    19 Vettri FM

    To those asking what this device does? Well all it really does is provide a listing search for more than 13,000 radio stations. You could look for them in Google or some software music players also do this. Some stations can be played directly on the player software provided or for some it just takes you to the web page from which you can listen to the station with an embedded player. Many other software players do this too and some for free.

    What I like about this device is that it is small, cheap and PORTABLE. If you work in an environment where they won’t allow you to or use WinAmp or other player to stream music, this device may allow you to do it, just depending upon how the system administrator is blocking users. What I like is that this device is portable and can contain my preselected favorites so I have them instantly when I sit down at a new computer in a new location.

    Oh, I do find this device crashes more than it should but otherwise it works very well at organizing and finding Internet broadcasts. I have also used vTuner on an Archos 605 Wifi player and far prefer vTuner as implemented on the Archos because it also searches for radio and video podcasts too.

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