It’s one thing to have too much month left over at the end of your money. It’s something else again to have too much to do at the end of the day.
Thank technologist for the digital video recorder. The DVR is a master of time shifting and compressing television shows. Would it not be a good thing to have such technology available for radio stations? It’s almost there with Radioshift. Think DVR for radio.
Shifting The Night Away
The DVR is a wonder machine, grabbing TV shows, squeezing out the commercials, and letting viewers watch what they want, when they want. Radio listeners are not so lucky.
Radio is more difficult to record, more difficult to edit, more difficult to listen to.
Seriously. Radio is often better when it’s live radio. Radio in the car is time sensitive—good for news, weather, sports scores, and traffic conditions.
The process of recording TV or radio now and playing back later is called time shifting. Radioshift if a time shifter for internet radio stations.
That said, there is a world full of radio stations. Many thousands of stations span the globe, run 24/7, and, with the Mac app Radioshift as your radio DVR-like device, you gain control where you had none.
Check out the controls.
Radioshift looks like a radio station app for your Mac. The only think missing is a frequency dial. There’s a Radio Guide to find stations. You can subscribe to stations and record specific radio shows.
Want to know where the stations are located? Radioshift knows that, too, and provides a great world geography map with locations.
The Radio Guide is the place to start. How many stations? OVer 100,000. Search by keyword or call sign. The Popular View displays what others are listening to.
Each station has information about schedules and shows. Bookmarks stations and specific programs. Radioshift is a good way to listen to radio on your Mac, but it’s an even better app to record stations and play them back when you want to listen.
Simply Subscribe to a specific program on a station and Radioshift records it in the background. Most DVR’s are limited to recording two TV shows at once, but not Radioshift. If you have the bandwidth and a fast Mac, Radioshift records many shows at the same time.
If your Mac is asleep Radioshift can wake it, or power it on, just to record a radio show. Even stations playing in Windows Audio streams can play in Radioshift. RealPlayer audio, too.
Time shifting radio programs on your Mac is one thing, but moving them to the car is difficult, right?
Not with iTunes on your Mac.
Radioshift saves shows in iTunes which can sync them to your iPod or iPhone for playback on the go.
What about a local station that doesn’t have an internet stream online? Radioshift accommodates that situation with built-in support for Griffin’s Radio Shark (not one of our favorite Mac accessories, though).
The only real negative is the inability to get live radio in your car for news, scores, weather, and traffic. Otherwise, Radioshift is drop dead easy to set up and use, works great in the background, and broadens your listening horizons from beyond the local station to radio stations all over the world.