updated 06:10 pm EDT, Wed October 18, 2006
Instant FM Music debuts
ADS Tech today unveiled Instant FM Music, a Windows-only Web radio recording device designed to find as well as record favorite tracks, podcasts, and sporting events automatically. The device separates and identifies the songs for easy playback, and creates MP3 audio files for usage on most digital music players -- such as Apple's iPod. Measuring 3.25-inches, Instant FM Music includes ADS Tech's Instant Radio software (Windows only) to offer Radio Data Reception System (RDS) capture technology. RDS technology along with the application itself allows users to tune across the entire FM band, and record live broadcasts as well as view displays of RDS/RBDS data. Instant FM Music is available for $40, and works with Windows XP. The device ships with a retractable FM antenna, a USB extension cable, a CD containing Snaptune One as well as Instant Radio software, and a carrying pouch.
"By including both Instant Radio and Snaptune One software, users can tune to their favorite local FM or Web radio stations, sit back and watch as Instant FM Music finds and records a single song or schedules the automatic recording of a station's entire playlist."
Snaptune One provides users with a detailed list of all the programs it is asked to record and, after a short 'learning period,' highlights the individual songs played during those programs. With the software's "Tivo-like" capabilities, users can pause or rewind live radio, go back an entire week or longer to listen to any song again, or go online to purchase a download or CD containing the desired song. The software also features unique indexing technology enabling users to view a playlist with individual songs, interviews, live sessions, news stories, or talk segments.