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Special $99.95 car radio brings globe to you

Hammacher Schlemmer has come out with an all-purpose car radio that plays 45,000 stations and sells for under $100.

It collects and plays Internet and AM and FM radio stations that are local as well as from all over the world.

"The 45,000 Station Car Radio" sold by the New York-based catalogue company "plugs into a car's 12-volt power socket and connects to an iPhone running a free app that allows customers to search music stations by genre or quickly navigate through thousands of talk-radio and news stations," according to a news release.

An iPhone connects to the unit via Bluetooth and plays content from any audio app, including Pandora and Stitcher, or music stored on your smartphone through the car's speakers, the company said in a statement.

"The 45,000 Station Car Radio brings unprecedented access to worldwide radio stations — all without requiring a monthly service fee like satellite radio," said Fred Berns, Hammacher Schlemmer general manager.

The app allows you to assign six favorite preset stations and, if you want, it will recommend the best-quality radio stations based on your genres of choice. The 45,000 Station Car Radio enables hands-free calling, allowing you to answer an incoming call and conduct a conversation through the device's built-in microphone and speakers. The 45,000 Station Car Radio retails for $99.95.

Hammacher Schlemmer is America's longest-running catalogue, providing unique products that solve problems or represent the only one of their kind.

"Once you decided to upgrade your car stereo with a better or high-end unit, you can choose between a single din head unit and a double din head unit. I also considered these two options when I decided to replace my old car stereo. But, honestly, when I first heard about it, I didn’t clearly know how to tell each one apart," writes Erin Taylor from YouthTune in a discussion about Double Din Head Unit.

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Image source: Hammacher Schlemmer