There once was a time when radio was dead. That was around the time of motion pictures with sound. Then, radio lived on only to die again when television began. Thanks to rock ‘n roll, radio thrived, only to die again at the hand of the iPad and internet. Guess what? Radio is back.
The Best Internet Radio App
Color me more than a bit biased, but I love the internet radio of today, if anything because of the selection of radio stations.
Here in New York we have a few hundred broadcast stations to choose from, but that number is dwarfed by internet radio stations from all over the world.
My internet radio station application of choice is Radium, now at version 3, available in the Mac App Store, and ready for play.
Play? How about over 6,000 radio stations? There’s a Smart Equalizer so you can tweak your Mac’s sound to fit the room.
Or, go crazy with Radium’s AirPlay support and listen to internet radio from your Mac through Apple TV to your TV and entertainment system speakers.
Radium 3 makes it easier to find internet radio stations, too, and it’s just as simple to create a favorite with a click.
Radium resides in the Mac’s Menubar and controls, search, and song details are a click away.
Radium can be controlled with keyboard shortcuts, too. Drag and drop is the order of the day to reorder your favorites.
The Mac geek in me appreciates the built-in equalizer. It’s not going to do much to the Mac’s speakers, but works wonderfully through AirPlay to my speaker system.
The Menubar is also home to the playing track information, but Notification Center can be used, too.
Find a radio station’s URL and just drop it onto Radium and it gets added to the list.
Sharing is all the rage among 21st century folk, and Radium shares with Twitter, Last.fm, or click to create a link to send to a friend via iMessage or email.
Radium bills itself as ‘chocolate for your ears.’ That’s almost perfect. But only almost.
Because Radium 3 is a major rework of the previous version (mature and popular), there are some kinks to work out. On my MacBook Air it sucked up plenty of much needed CPU and RAM, and there were a few crashes here and there (but recoverable).
New is good. Mature and stable would be better.