Grace Digital Internet Radios made between 2007 and 2017 “will stop working”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Zack S, who writes in response to our note yesterday about the demise of the Reciva Internet radio station aggregator:

I wrote to Grace Digital https://gracedigital.com/ today, 11/2/2020 asking about the Reciva shutdown and here is their reply;

“Your presets will work until the URLS for the streams become outdated. Not all radios will be turned off at the same time. The Mondo will be in the last group to be terminated. The software is Reciva dependent, you can get all the details we have here:

Grace Digital Internet Radios manufactured between 2007 and 2017 will stop working

The internet radio station finding service used by our legacy internet radios is being discontinued by the 3rd party service provider. This will affect Grace Digital internet radios manufactured between the years of 2007 and 2017 including the original Mondo.

(Please note; the Mondo Plus, Mondo Classic, and Mondo Elite are not affected).

The managed shut down will begin on November 4th, 2020 and will be completed by May 21st, 2021. Anticipating the eventual shut down, Grace Digital has already developed a faster and more feature rich internet radio platform. Radios developed after 2017 are on the new platform and will not be affected. The models that are not affected start with model number ‘GDI-WH’ otherwise known as:

    • Mondo plus / Mondo plus classic /Mondo elite / Mondo elite Classic
    • Encore plus
    • Grace Link / Grace Link Amp

The new Grace Digital platform features quad core microprocessors, over double the available radio stations, NPR, FOX news, BBC, CBS radio, Chromecast audio built in, and music services such as Amazon Music, SiriusXM and Bluetooth streaming. These new internet radios do not use a 3rd party server network to operate).

If you have a legacy internet radio, to help with the transition, Grace Digital will offer special one time discounts to effected customers. If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please press the following button and provide key information to our customer service team.

Click here to request discount.

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11 thoughts on “Grace Digital Internet Radios made between 2007 and 2017 “will stop working”

  1. Mike

    My Grace IRD-4000 simply stopped working last week. It hangs on any attempt to access a menu of stations, including those in my Reciva account.

    I got the same ridiculous 35%-off coupon from Grace, but I’ll never trust them again. Their cheapest option was a refurbished unit for $180, so even after the discount it would be $117.

    I ended up buying a Jensen JBS-200B AM/FM/CD table radio bookshelf stereo system as an open-box special for $30, although it is widely available for $50-70 new. It sounds good, but the main feature is that it can be fed audio from any Bluetooth device, making it easily capable of internet radio.

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  2. Davide

    My Barlow Wadley, Collins, FRG7 and Kenwood haven’t this problem! Digital modes requires continues update (see for example digital TV and decoders). An analog radio last for decades. Internet radio, DRM, DAB, etc are standard that maybe are not supported in the future. Like other digital modes. Take for example the files from word processor used in the ’80 (Chiwrite, early Word program)… all these files are now unreadable!

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  3. Edward

    I NEVER had this problem with my Hallicrafters. Internet is not short wave listening.
    I would stay away from these internet radio scams.

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  4. Zack S

    I submitted the discount request and got a reply back. They are offering 35% off any new radio. If I get the Mondo Elite that lists for $200 my cost would be $130.

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    1. Paul

      Yes I got mine too, 35% off. I wonder if the Internet Radio feature is the only one being shutdown, and one can still use iHeartRadio, Pandora, radio.com, etc. Anybody know?

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    2. Paul

      Grace already sells the Mondo Elite on amazon for $150, so even with their 35% off coupon which you can only use on their site, we’re getting a whopping $20 off. Thank you Grace Digital! So generous of you.

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    1. Pete

      With smartphones, tables and inexpensive Bluetooth speakers, dedicated internet radios seem like a niche market. I’d consider replacing mine only at a discount.

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  5. Pete

    Thank you for the information, Zack! I just submitted my request referencing my Grace Solo. The interface for Reciva always felt dated to me, even when my radio was new, but it was pretty reliable once it was set up. I’ll be curious to know what discounts they might offer.

    Thanks Again,
    Pete

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