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Livio Internet Radio Featuring Pandora (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- The Livio Radio, featuring Pandora, goes beyond making more than 11,000 free Internet radio stations easily accessible anywhere.
- The easiest way to enjoy Pandora Internet Radio at home or at the office, without the need of a computer.
- The first Internet Radio to feature the Thumb-up and Thumb-down controls right in the front of the unit.
- Pandora is your personal DJ. Enter the name of an artist or song and start listening,
- Give songs a Thumb Up or Thumb Down and Pandora will instantly change the music selection to better match your tastes.
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The Livio Radio, featuring Pandora, goes beyond making more than 11,000 free Internet radio stations easily accessible anywhere you, a power source and a Wi-Fi connection should meet. As if that isn’t cool enough, the Livio Radio, through Pandora and the Music Genome Project®, gives its users the ear of their own personal DJ, one that actually pays attention to what you like, and what you don’t. The Livio Radio puts you in the driver’s seat, empowered with clean, easy-to-understand controls, allowing you to tap into the power of Pandora, sans the tether to your computer or cell phone. Empower up! What is the Livio Radio? The easiest way to enjoy Pandora Internet Radio at home or at the office, without the need of a computer.The first Internet Radio to feature the Thumb-up and Thumb-down controls right in the front of the unit. What is Pandora? Pandora is your personal DJ. Enter the name of an artist or song and start listening. Discover new music you’ll love and rediscover old favorites. Give songs a Thumb Up or Thumb Down and Pandora will instantly change the music selection to better match your tastes. Enjoy all styles of music rock, pop, urban, country, jazz, classical, latin and more. Listen to your stations on the Livio Radio or on the web at Pandora website.
From the Manufacturer
Rock Out to Pandora and 20,000 Stations with the Livio Radio featuring Pandora:
Pandora is a free, personalized Internet radio service, available anytime and anywhere on the PC, in the home and on mobile devices. Pandora is based on the Music Genome Project™, which began in 2000 and is the most thorough analysis of popular music ever undertaken. By simply entering a favorite song or artist, a listener is instantly launched into a personalized listening experience. Today, Pandora has a growing user base of more than 60 million registered listeners.
The Livio Radio featuring Pandora is an Internet radio solution for home use and is the first dedicated device to offer Pandora's signature "thumbs-up, thumbs-down" controls on both the front panel and a remote with unlimited access to the service. In addition to Pandora customized radio stations, users have access to an additional 20,000 Internet radio streams from around the world with no subscriptions or monthly fees!
How It Works
Comes With Everything You Need. No Installation Necessary.
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Top customer reviews
First, despite other reviews, I found this radio to be completely serviceable and easy to set up and use. There are YouTube videos showing how if you can't figure it out from the instruction manual (which is pretty poor). The people at Livio are great and were as helpful as they could be, except when it came for the reason for my return (below).
I like the look of the radio: it has a kind of 'retro' look that fits in almost anywhere. Set-up was a snap, but this could be because I had set a similar one up before. Menu navigation is a little tricky and not intuitive, but once you set it up who cares? You never have to deal with that again. Finding stations is easy, and the Pandora part of the radio is killer! Remote control (provided) works great but is small so keep an eye on it. If you simply want a simple radio to listen to Pandora mostly and some other stations for your desk THIS IS THE RADIO FOR YOU! The two physical complaints I had about it were these: the sound, just as people reported, is weak and tinny. I did not try to hook up external speakers (it comes with a Y-out splitter, unexpected and welcomed) so one might be able to overcome this. The second physical complaint was the readout: it seemed kind of "fuzzy" (not as crisp as I expected). Neither was a deal breaker. Good radio, does almost all I wanted...
EXCEPT (and this is not a Livio problem, rather a Reciva problem) it does NOT get all the stations it is supposed to. Let me explain: I live in a marginal AM radio area (kind of in a bowl surrounded by mountains) with an neighborhood association that does not allow external antennas. When I bought this it was for my wife, who has four AM stations she likes to listen to in the morning and sometimes at night, both of which are our poorest reception times. I researched this a lot and found that the Reciva powered radios did indeed get all the stations she wanted, PLUS Pandora, which was a bonus. Imagine my surprise when I found I could NOT get two of them, despite them being on the Reciva (Reciva.com) list. I changed routers, called companies, emailed Reciva (whom I never heard back from), and even the radio stations (waste of time) and got no help (did this over the course of two months!). Finally, I posted in one of the Reciva forums on the web and found my answer: the two stations that I could not get that I really wanted code their streams using an AAC+ codec, which Reciva powered radios CANNOT yet deal with (despite them being on their approved list). Sadly, I packed the radio up and sent it back.
IN SUMMARY: Good radio, does what it says; great for Pandora. If you want to listen to radio stations be sure they do not use AAC+ to code their streams because you will NOT be able to listen to them (and, BTW, just because you can listen to them on your computer does not mean they will work on your radio!). If this radio were less expensive I would have kept it for myself and used it in my office, but it was too much for me to settle.
Of course, it's got a small speaker, so the sound doesn't fill the whole room with outstanding sound--instead it sounds like a very good table radio. The sound is fine for a bedroom or average size room. When I want a big sound, I merely unplug it from bedside, and walk it to the living room--then connect it to my stereo. Sounds great now--as good as my home speakers allow.
I bought it for Internet radio, then discovered the genre stations on Pandora. No need for satellite, or my monthly satellite bills. Too bad I'm still paying for satellite in the car. But I expect those days are limited too when Internet radio goes mainstream in cars.
The thing is, the operation of the device is pretty cool. For the three days that it worked, that is. I love Pandora,and having the stream in my kitchen was a plus. However, the audio quality of this Livio wireless radio was a huge letdown after having my Tivoli Model One in the same location.
Then, after just three days, the face buttons on the unit stopped working, altogether. Apparently , this is a known issue, as their website has a suggestion for this isue in their FAQ's. It didn't work. Back it went.
Oh, yeah and BTW, I forgot to mention that the thing was impossible for me to connect without the use of their sarcastic and rude customer service. Because I was using a perfectly normal encryption type on my router. (TPIK + AES) There was absolutely no documentation provided which might have pointed me in that direction. What a joke. You make a device that can't be connected without a call to your customer service who then act snarky and resentful about the whole thing. What BS!
I accidently reset my pandora account. When I went to relink the account, I got a note that stated that my account was already linked. I spoke with Tech Support back in September who told me that their database was corrupted and that I needed to call in during a specific set of hours. I had to work so I waited till I was on vacation and had some time to properly troubleshoot this item. This morning I was greeted with the message that they has ceased all customer support.
So learn from me: solve the problem right way because you never know when a company will pull the rug from underneath your feet.