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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

October 18, 2006 at 11:49 AM

Baxter’s Snaptune in a dongle

Bellevue-based Snaptune has made a deal with peripheral manufacturer ADS Tech to distribute its nifty FM radio recording software in a USB device. ADS calls the device “Instant FM Music.”

The $49 dongle includes an FM tuner and the software, which records FM radio to a PC. Snaptune identifies separate tracks and provides artist information about the music.

It looks like a great way to distribute the free software, which requires users to add some sort of FM tuner to their PC.

The only shortcoming (for those seeking free music … ) is that Snaptune won’t record music at the CD quality broadcast by stations like KEXP. Instead, it records at a lower bit rate and encourages users to buy CDs or downloads of the music they like.

Snaptune was started last year by Warren Burch and Bill Baxter. Earlier, Baxter founded Bellevue embedded software company Bsquare.

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