Recently, I bought a radio so I could listen to my favorite radio stations in the kitchen. It's not an FM radio, of course as my favorite radio stations are not broadcast over the air and hey, the world has moved on that's too low tech these days anyway. No, it had to be a Wi-Fi web radio to connect me to radio stations in Italy so the Spaghetti become extra 'al dente' and to stations in the US for the fries to get extra crispy.
While the radio works well and sounds good there is one major disadvantage: When I switch it on it takes 20-25 seconds before I hear the first music. That's how long it takes for the radio to boot, to connect to the Wi-Fi access point, open a radio stream and buffer a few seconds. Hm, I would have almost accepted this, but then I remembered that my smartphone and tablet remain connected to my local Wi-Fi even while in standby mode with little power consumption and are instantly fully connected again when unlocking them. In other words, from a technical point of view there are tons of devices out there that show that it can be done a lot better.
The initial delay also doesn't compare very favorably to an FM radio that works instantly when switched on. That reminds me a bit of how it must have been in the times when vacuum tube radios had their high times. At least switching between stations is fast enough with a delay of around 2-3 seconds.
Do you have a Wi-Fi connected web radio? If so, how long does it take yours to connect to the network and a radio station before it starts playing when you switch it on?