Carmen car Internet radio player unveiled


Livio Radio’s latest product, the Carmen portable Internet radio solution for cars, is being unveiled for the first time at Digital Experience! NYC. Carmen consists of a client software (Mac and PC) that records over 42,000 AM/FM and Internet-only radio streams from around the world and loads the recorded content onto the portable media device via USB.

Consumers may also load other popular audio files such as music and podcasts, then play back the stored media by plugging Carmen into the vehicle’s 12-volt socket and streaming through an open FM channel or head unit’s auxiliary (AUX) input. Behind Livio Radio is 28-year-old entrepreneur Jake Sigal, CEO of Detroit-based Livio Radio, inventor of the USB turntable and developer of XM car radios while with Delphi. Carmen will be launching this Summer at an MSRP of $59.99.

The client software allows users to browse stations by genre, language, location or keyword for radio recording, in addition to other common audio files including music and podcasts. In the vehicle, Carmen’s user-friendly interface includes fast-forward, rewind, and skip functions.

Features include:
Simple Interface – The Carmen plugs into the vehicle’s 12-volt adapter and features a bright LCD screen, large buttons and a pivoted design for maximum readability. Easy to use controls allow the user to pause, rewind and skip.
Easy to Use Software – Search by keyword, save your favorite stations and browse by language, location or genre. Compatible with both PC and Mac.
DVR-like convenience – the Carmen let’s you set it and forget it, making the device highly flexible.
2 GB of memory – Plenty of storage for up to 45 hours of your favorite music and shows.
Everything you need – Carmen radio player, remote, USB cable, auxiliary cable and software are all included.

Shipping to retail stores nationwide this summer, the Carmen is designed to make Internet audio programming available on the road and on-demand.

“The Carmen is all about further expanding Internet radio consumption to the car,” Livio Radio founder and COO Jake Sigal said. “We designed Carmen with DVR in mind. It gives users access to local stations from across America and around the world – their music, news and talk radio – plus genres that you can’t find anywhere on AM/FM for plug-and-play listening and enjoyment in any vehicle.”

This latest release comes on the heels of Livio Radio’s most recent product, the Livio Car Internet Radio app for iPhone. Currently available on the App Store for $4.99, the app allows users to play back more than 42,000 AM/FM and Internet-only radio stations available online through the phone’s 3G/EDGE data connection, using an intuitive interface designed from the ground up for use in a vehicle.