Today, radio is alive and well on the internet. All you need to check out thousands of internet radio stations from all over the world is your Mac and an unlimited bandwidth account from your local internet service provider. If the radio stations in iTunes are just not enough to soothe your savage music beast, here are six more ways to bring internet radio to your Mac.
From Free To Not So Much
How many radio stations can you listen to while your driving your car? A dozen? Maybe two dozen? iTunes gives you dozens and dozens of internet radio stations for free.
Free radio? What could be better than that? Look, the world’s economy is in a shambles because we are not spending enough money to make it better.
From free to not so free, here are six easy ways to bring more internet radio to your Mac and help stimulate the economy in the process.
These Mac apps are easily installed, simple to setup and use, and it truly is a case of you get what you pay for. Think DVR (digital video recorder) for radio.
Absolute Radio Player: This simple app is free and streams classic radio from the 80s, 90s, and 00s. Absolute Radio Player is wired to stations in the U.K.
PandaBar: One of my favorites for radio is Pandora, and the best Mac app is PandaBar. Easy controls, shortcuts for the keyboard, and the famous Like and Dislike buttons.
World Radio: If you don’t mind spending more money, World Radio gives you quick access to over 8,000 internet radio stations from dozens of countries. Check out the list of countries where internet radio is available.
Afghanistan, Africa, Africa (South), Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (South), Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam
Radium: The Mac App Store has a dozen or so internet radio apps that range from free to How Much? At the high end of the scale, yet one of the easiest to use, is Radium. It’s a Menubar app which lets you search for radio stations by name, country, city, language, or genre. It even has presets and an equalizer that works similar to the one in iTunes.
Radio Clock: Remarkably inexpensive, especially considering the ability to listen to 50,000 internet stations, is Radio Clock, which uses the popular SHOUTcast Radio Directory.
That brings me to something of a bargain, considering all this app can do.
Radio Recorder: It’s one thing to listen to internet radio stream music to your Mac. It’s even better if you can record it, and that’s what Radio Recorder does.
It’s easy enough to search through thousands of internet radio stations, but if you’re willing to fork over a little of your hard earned cash, you get functionality that’s truly worthy of your coin. Schedule radio stations to be recorded on your Mac. That alone could be worth the price of admission to internet radio, because other apps that cost more, do less.
Internet radio stations number into the tens of thousands world wide, and most of the apps that stream music to your Mac are free, nearly free, or have features that make them worth a purchase.