Last Minute Gift Idea: The "Radvo"

Feature written by James Baughn on Sunday, December 23, 2001

from the who-needs-napster? dept.

It's a classic problem. You've been playing "Grand Theft Minivan 5" non-step for the last few weeks and you simply haven't had any time to look for Christmas gifts. "I'll worry about it tomorrow," you say, and then when tomorrow rolls around, you say, "I need to stop procrastinating... but I'll stop procrastinating tomorrow."

It's a good thing you've decided to procrastinate some more and read this article instead of starting a hopeless search for a last-minute gift at a Claw-Mart Supercenter. We've got the perfect gift. It's a cross between Napster, TiVo, and a radio: The "Radvo".

This device probably violates several dozen provisions of the DMCA, but what doesn't? For only US$149, the Radvo allows you to record up to 100 hours of audio from over-the-air radio broadcasts. It includes sophisticated heuristics to detect and delete commercials and those stupid promotions that say "Less talk and more music!" but always precede a long batch of advertisements.

Most importantly, however, the Radvo includes built-in Ethernet, USB, serial, parallel and infrared ports allowing you to download music to a variety of other devices in MP3 format. Since the Radvo can record from up to 16 stations simultaneously, an entire music library can be assembled in mere hours without the need for CD ripping or MP3 snatching.

"With all of the legal fighting over Napster and all of the ruckus over copy-protected content-crippled CDs, it's downright amusing that the RIAA has completely overlooked the fact that thousands of songs are broadcast over the public airwaves each hour for free," the CEO of Radvo, Inc. told Humorix. "Of course most of that music sucks... But the same is true of most CDs for sale."

"Oh," he added, "and the Radvo runs Linux!"

If you need a quick gift this holiday season, this is it. But be careful. You might decide to keep it for yourself, in which case you'll be back to where you started. You might want to get two.

But don't procrastinate much longer. Any day the RIAA could wake up and transform radio into a pay-per-hear medium with anti-piracy, anti-consumer protections. So get your Radvo now while you still can!

[Editor's Note: In case you are wondering, Radvo, Inc. did NOT pay us any money to run this story. They might have sent us 10 free Radvo units for "testing purposes" at no charge, but that gift has absolutely nothing to do with this advertarticle.]

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