Don't Buy An Internet Radio. Use This App Instead.

I recently pondered the idea of buying an internet radio for my office.  These stand-alone gadgets look and function like a conventional portable radio, but instead of picking up FM or AM broadcasts, they connect to your own wi-fi network and stream a huge selection of web-based stations.

After considering the idea for a while, I quickly realised that my PC should be quite capable of acting as an internet radio, without the need for me to buy anything new.  Surely there must be a decent free Windows program out there that would fulfil my needs?

Of course, there is indeed such an app.  Many, I suspect.  I settled on something called Radio Tuna (http://radiotuna.com) which does the job admirably.

You can download their desktop client from http://radiotuna.com/OnlineRadioPlayer/Intro   It's a 4 MB download, free of viruses according to VirusTotal, and installs quickly and easily.  You can then choose your music genre and, if you don't like the station that it preselects for you, choose from hundreds of others that also fit the bill.

Happy listening.

 

 

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by mchldpy on 28. December 2012 - 11:22  (104039)

+1 on (the older) radio shure, i can record 20+ different stations simultaneously @ different bit-rates and it will even leave out the commercials and DJ-Diarrhea, if set up properly. i don't like the newer versions as the developer started putting some constraints on his software now that he thinks it's all that and a bag of chips too.

michael clyde

btw- anybody NOT happy the world is still going around ¿

by Geekomatic on 28. December 2012 - 11:56  (104041)

Hey mchldpy,

Which version of Radio Sure do you recommend?

Cheers!

by mchldpy on 29. December 2012 - 19:50  (104090)

sorry rob,

geekomatic,
i'm not @ home (walkabout) but you can tell new from old... new will only allow 4 instances simultaneously etc...

michael clyde

by MilesAhead on 24. December 2012 - 20:27  (103948)

Now there are even free "dvr" type services to record radio shows. What I'm looking for is an inexpensive hardware FM radio that lets you rewind, just like DVR does for TV. Drives me nuts when listening to comics on a radio show when I can't make out the punch line. I can download the show from the web. But what I want right then is to rewind 20 seconds and play it again, while continuing to buffer the show to memory.

by rob.schifreen on 29. December 2012 - 18:57  (104088)

I've seen some for DAB, such as http://www.robertsradio.co.uk/Choosing_your_radio/Pausing_live_radio.htm, but none for FM.

by RandyN on 22. December 2012 - 14:19  (103868)

Tried Radio Tuna and it's okay but sound quality is just average. Prefer Winyl, it's small, works well, offers 32-bit audio processing, and doesn't install any additional software.

http://vinylsoft.com/

by nslopeofw on 22. December 2012 - 10:49  (103865)

Very nice, thanks!

by haroldseattle on 22. December 2012 - 0:21  (103853)

RarmaRadio download comes with a wrapper that will install unwanted software and more.

by MidnightCowboy on 22. December 2012 - 0:41  (103854)

Thank you for posting this advisory haroldseattle. Unfortunately, this is a growing trend and we recommend users take precautions with everything they download before installing it. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

by Davecn on 21. December 2012 - 19:42  (103849)

For those of us with capped downloading does connecting to an internet radio chew through your quota very fast? Cheers

by tickle_me_elmooo on 7. January 2013 - 0:34  (104281)

if you check the math:

32 kbps = 4 KBps = 240 KB/min = roughly 15 MB/hour
64 kbps = roughly 30 MB/hour
128 kbps = roughly 60 MB/hour
192 kbps = roughly 90 MB/hour

192 kbps x 12 hours = roughly 1 GB data

not too bad but if you get up towards 96 or 128k or even higher, you can see that it does add up. notice that Tapin Radio has a data counter on the lower right part of the GUI but i think it only keeps track for the session so if you close the program and re-open it the data count will be reset.

by Geekomatic on 22. December 2012 - 4:17  (103856)

Hi Dave,

It counts according to the bitrate it's sent as. The less the quality, the less internet it uses (64kbs vs. 192kbs).

Check with your ISP, as I said previously, some of them give you "un-metered" content...

Cheers!

by Oxa on 21. December 2012 - 16:48  (103848)

Any MP3-capable app should work. I use Winamp, which provides access to Shoutcast channels and search capabilities, and Streamwriter. Both are free. But if you don't want to be in the same room as your modem or router, you do need a wi-fi enabled Internet radio.

by Quetzalcoatl on 21. December 2012 - 16:09  (103847)

TuneIn : http://tunein.com/

And look for it's apps in Google Play or Amazon App Market : TuneIn (Free with ads). Much better than anything else. And as far as I know there are also versions for Iphone/Ipad and Windows 8.

by indexman on 21. December 2012 - 13:30  (103839)

We use Streamwriter. Been using it for over a year and it's great. You can record with it also. FREE.

by focu on 21. December 2012 - 13:24  (103838)

try rama radio,I find it very good,great selection of all music types

by haroldseattle on 22. December 2012 - 0:19  (103852)

Download for Rarma Radio comes with a wrapper that could install toolbars, advertisement, and unwanted software. I won't download it!

by dogbite on 21. December 2012 - 13:18  (103837)

Try Rarmaradio

http://www.raimersoft.com/rarmaradio.aspx

I think this is a great software to listen to any radio channel and even to airport radio communications if you are interested it.

by davy on 21. December 2012 - 13:17  (103836)

Been using Radiosure for years.You can record the tracks as MP3s.

by wanderinwoodsman on 21. December 2012 - 4:17  (103818)

I use last.fm, why is this "internet radio" any better? last.fm lets me select the genre and plays the songs that I am already familiar with and introduces me to new groups in that same still. It is easy to use and if I want I can buy a song of the internet. Yeah right!!!

by Geekomatic on 21. December 2012 - 4:06  (103817)

Just a quick comment re: internet radio.

My ISP offers "un-metered content" & they have tons of world-wide radio stations to choose from. Best of all- I can listen, non-stop, and it doesn't count against my monthly allotment.

I know this doesn't apply to some of you, but others who are on any sort of "plan" might want to look into it?

My fav radio station?

somafm.com/lush

No commercials/listener supported. Cheers! :)

by alexxx46 on 22. December 2012 - 9:09  (103862)

SomaFM.com links are mostly pointing at Amazon search pages.

by Geekomatic on 22. December 2012 - 10:07  (103863)

Not sure why that would be? I actually have it programmed into my Pioneer AVR (internet capable) & am listening now?

If I drop it into Firefox, it shows the site where I can play it.

http://somafm.com/lush.pls

What are you doing that you cannot receive it?

Cheers

by Sandeep Kashyap on 21. December 2012 - 1:48  (103815)

I wish they had a mac version :(

by barry s. on 21. December 2012 - 5:28  (103820)

mac users have had free internet radio for years. it's called iTunes!

open itunes. in the top left Library section click on Radio. 25 or more music categories. dozens to hundreds of stations per category. there are at least 3 stations devoted to the beatles! don't need any special hardware device.

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