You can also subscribe to a RSS feeds – the BBC News home page, for instance – and have headlines scroll across the screen as you listen. The MusicPal has comprehensive alarm features too, so you can use it as a rather high-tech clock radio if you want. And you can set the clock to synchronise with an Internet time source, so no more excuses about being late and no need to worry about having to reset the time when the clocks go back and forwards in the spring and autumn.
Internet radios are typically quite complex to navigate because there are so many stations, but Freecom’s MusicPal provides an elegant solution to the problem. You don’t get a succession of numbered buttons as you do with so many other DAB and Internet radios; I find it impossible anyway to remember which station is associated with which button. Instead you simply press the Fav button on the front panel and up pops a list of radio stations you listen to frequently. Creating the list is simply a matter of ‘tuning in’ to the station you want, then clicking the Navigate wheel and choosing the Add to favourites option.
And this ease of use is reflected in other aspects of the MusicPal’s control system. The key to it is simplicity: all that’s needed to control the MusicPal is a couple of clickable dials on the front. There’s one for the volume and one for navigating up and down lists, plus there’s a pair of buttons: one to bring up the favourites list and the other for accessing the menu. It’s not as easy as navigating a DAB radio with its simple sequential dial, but before too long you’ll be navigating to radio stations across the world, from Bulgaria to Japan.