Remember when television was going to destroy radio? Me, neither. But I have old relatives who remember it.
Television was going to destroy radio, the movies, and life as we know it. But, rock ‘n roll would live forever. At least, as long as radio was around. Just a few years ago it was the internet that was going to kill radio. Guess what? Radio moved to the internet.
If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em
Radio has simple done what anyone faced with sure defeat would do. Join the enemy. Radio is alive and well on the internet and on your Mac, thanks to a bunch of apps that let you stream hundreds of internet radio stations.
Internet radio stations? Actually, they’re real broadcast stations, but the stream their content over the internet.
With the exception of satellite radio, broadcast radio remains free, and advertiser supported. That means internet radio is mostly free, too—if you have the right Mac app.
FireRocker is a Mac app that gives you access to nearly 400 internet radio stations, and you can add others (there are thousands available online).
Using FireRocker is easy. Fire it up, click on one of the stations, begin listening.
Whatever you’re listening to can also be recorded for playback. Dig through the hundreds of provided internet radio stations and make a custom list.
The FireRocker Dock icon also acts as a control panel so you won’t need to stop what you’re doing, switch apps, change channels, and go back to work on your Mac. Do it all from the Dock menu.
FireRocker joins a number of Mac apps that bring internet radio to you with a few clicks.
There’s also an iPhone and iPad version that digs up hundreds more internet radio stations, does playlists, and lets you record the streaming radio audio.
Nice, huh? The strange thing is that the Mac version of FireRocker is $14, but the iPhone version is 99-cents (US). Go figure. Sometimes, competition is a wonderful thing. So are choices.
There’s The Mac App That Works Like A DVR For Internet Radio. There’s also a way to Get Satellite And Internet Radio On Your Mac. Plus, a Mac app that can Put Pandora’s Radio Service On Your Mac.
With so many internet radio station apps around, Mac users will do their part to keep rock ‘n roll alive forever.