Why Internet Radio? Pros and Cons! Giveaway: Pure ONE Flow Portable Internet and FM Radio – US, Ends 2/25

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Wow, I am so excited!  I opened the box with my Pure ONE Flow Portable Internet and FM Radio a half hour ago and now I’m listening to great music and typing this post.  Seriously.  Usually it takes me anywhere from a week to a month to write a review, but I am so excited about this radio, I had to share with you right away.

The ONE Flow plays FM radio, Internet radio, streams music from your computer or can function as a speaker for your iPod.  And in less than a half hour, I was able to set it up and start listening!  The ONE Flow lets you listen to internet radio, without a computer.  You can register and link it to your computer for streaming, but it’s not necessary.  The ONE Flow is also portable – you can listen to internet radio anywhere there is a WiFi signal.

From the first time I saw the logo for Pure, I was  hooked with the style of this company.  As I saw more and more of their products and explored the website, my love for the style continued.  Then when I heard the sound quality?  It’s officially a tech crush.  The ONE flow has a rugged “feel” with it’s rubberized exterior.  The screen has a distinct retro feel with the green light and the pixelized display font.  With an indentation on the back, it has a “grab and go” feel.  The style reminds me of a Jeep – outdoor, gender neutral, active.  The buttons are intuitive, you don’t need to read the Quickstart Guide to start playing.

Right now the ONE Flow is playing on my kitchen counter and plugged in to the wall, but I can easily see this radio going everywhere.  There is a ChargePAK that lets you use up to 20 hours of battery life.

Why Internet radio?

Pros of Internet Radio

Availability of stations.  Even if you live in or near a major metro area like I do, your selection of stations is limited.  With internet radio, you have thousands of choices.  Really.  Thousands.  As of today, The Lounge Pure music site, lists 19,215 stations.  There are thousands of stations around the world that broadcast on the internet.  You can listen to your community talk radio or children’s christian radio from Poland.  Or anywhere in between.  Thankfully, there are search options – you can narrow your choices by location, genre, or language.  One of the benefits of the Pure ONE Flow is the search feature.  I found it more convenient to search on my computer (the navigation is just faster) and save favorites into my device folder.  But if you don’t want to link your Pure ONE to a computer, you can search right on the radio.  It’s great for people who have moved – you can listen to your “home” station from anywhere in the world!

Quality.  Because the station’s signal is transmitted through internet connections rather than air waves, the quality is much better and reliable.

Cons of Internet Radio

Start Up and Feel.
All the things that make internet radio awesome, naturally make it different than traditional radio.  You don’t just click it on and off – you need to connect to the internet which takes less than a minute, but it’s still not the instant-on you are used to.  Because the quality is so much better, it doesn’t have the “feel” of traditional radio.  But I remember saying that about vinyl records – digital music with it’s perfection, doesn’t have the “feel” of vinyl.  Well, that took about five minutes to get over!  I’m guessing it’ll take that long to get over missing the static of traditional radio.

More Products from PURE

Sensia 200D

Contour 200i

 Where to Buy

Portable Internet Radio at Amazon.com

Where to Win

Here, of course!  Enter in the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


About Pure

Pure is the world’s leading manufacturer of wireless music and internet radio systems, the number one supplier of digital radios in Europe and Australia, and the creator of the Evoke-1S, the world’s most popular and iconic digital radio. Pure leads the way in wireless music systems and cloud services with the Pure Loungeportal.

Pure radios support all the broadcast standards in the DAB family used across all key markets in Europe and beyond. Designed and engineered in the UK, all of Pure’s products are manufactured with the environment in mind and at ethically audited facilities. Pure is a division of Imagination Technologies Group plc.

Disclosure of Material Connection: All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated. I was sent a Pure ONE Flow for review purposes in the hope that I would post about on my blog.


  1. 1

    I like that there is AM & FM Radio.

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    Linda Kish says:

    I like that it also has not one but two alarms.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  3. 3

    I love that its portable. As obvious as that is, I would love to get away from the computer. Pretty much all I listen to is internet radio and would love to have it while I work out in the garden!

  4. 4

    I like that its portable & takes up very little space

  5. 5

    I like that it doubles as internet radio/speaker for ipod

  6. 6

    I like that the sound quality is better.

  7. 7

    I like the huge amount of stations you can get.

  8. 8

    This would be truly neat to win! Good luck everyone!

  9. 9

    that signal is strong live where you dont get good reception.

  10. 10

    I like how there are so many stations to choose from and it sounds like a very easy search feature so it can pick up wherever internet is available- thats nice out in the boonies!

    • 11

      longtime email subscriber with a yahoo addy- new rafflecopter is a mess once you are signed in!

      • 12

        I agree! I’m thinking about going back to the old commenting way to enter or looking for a new app. Someone I know is developing one, but it’s not ready yet. Will definitely take your opinion into account and I appreciate the feedback!

  11. 13

    I love how many stations are available! I live in the middle of nowhere, so only have a limited amount of stations. So having 1,000’s of choices of stations, seems incredible to me!

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  13. 15

    Lbrouse1 (at) gmail (dt) com
    I love that it doesn’t require being hooked up to a computer. That will make it so portable!

  14. 16

    I like that it is portable and small

  15. 17
    Karen Fields says:

    I like the versatility.


  16. 18
    ♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ says:

    I like that it works anywhere it can catch a wifi signal – no computer needed
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

  17. 19
    tami husak says:

    that its portable, and my hubby likes all radios. lol

  18. 20

    My favorite feature is the Lounge Pure music site, lists 19,215 stations. I know I’d always have something great to listen to. Thanks!

  19. 21

    I like that it is small and portable…

  20. 22

    I like that it can function as a speaker for your iPod.

  21. 23

    I like the wide variety of channels

  22. 24

    it can get a large amount of stations

  23. 25

    I like the tone of the music being of better quality and no plug ins.

  24. 26

    I like the availability of stations

  25. 27
    Debbie jackson says:

    i would like the better sound quality

  26. 28

    I like that there is a choice of so many stations.

  27. 29
    sarah shult says:

    I like it has a unique look not like a traditional radio

  28. 30

    I like that you can get so many stations with it.

  29. 31

    its portable

  30. 32

    I like that the setup seems very easy.

  31. 33
    Kari Howell says:

    I like that it has 2 alarms.

  32. 34
    ShellieAndBrutus says:

    My favorite feature is also the number of channels you get.

  33. 35

    My favorite feature is the search capabilities to help you find just the right channel!

  34. 36
    Michelle Plummer says:

    I like that it is portable.

  35. 37
    Trasina McGahey says:

    I love that you have so many more choices in radio stations!

  36. 38

    I love that this is portable, of course!

  37. 39

    I love that I can listen to internet radio anywhere. They took away all the country music radio stations where I live so I have to listen to it over the internet and I can take it outside with me. thanks
    carolwegs at gmail dot com

  38. 40
    Annmarie W. says:

    I love that I can also use it to stream music from my computer! Great for parties!

  39. 41

    I like the Search Feature.

  40. 42
    Erin Collins says:

    I like how advanced the search feature is.

  41. 43

    I like that it has a ChargePAK, makes it portable and saves money not having to buy batteries

  42. 44

    thousands of choices….that would be sooooooooooooooo cool!

  43. 45
    Jennifer H. says:

    The choice of stations
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  44. 46

    With internet radio you can choose from thousands of stations is my favorite feature.

  45. 47

    i like that the quality is better

  46. 48

    Love that you can listen to internet radio without slowing down your computer!

  47. 49
    Paul T / Pauline T says:

    I like the Search Feature – (emscout9 at Hotmail dot com)

  48. 50
    sheryl cullum says:

    I like that you can get 19,215 stations,that is awesome.
    amasfuntime at yahoo dot com

  49. 51

    I love that this radio is so small and portable!

  50. 52

    I like that you can listen to internet radio without a computer.

  51. 53

    I love how rugged it is, perfect for the beach!

  52. 54

    I love that it has an input for an iPod/MP3 player

  53. 55

    My favorite features is that not only does it plays FM radio, Internet radio, it can stream music from your computer (or can function as a speaker for your iPod)!

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