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Old 20. Nov 2017, 05:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Since TapinRadio is no longer free, it became pay only quite some time ago, I decided to try out some of the free internet radio apps from the Windows Store - there are just way too many to try them all and it becomes a painstaking task searching through them but I've managed to find a handful that I really like and have kept installed and use daily.

Tapin, the free version I have installed, still works ok but no longer receives new station listings, which results in some of my favourite stations not being available anymore. I always had it in my mind that if this became the case then I would buy a license for Tapin .... but times change. We have Sonos to play music around the house and with it comes the ability to play locally stored music, music via Deezer (which we subscribe to) and also internet radio via the free TuneIn Radio app. TuneIn is also installed on the Fire TV devices around the house - so, music everywhere.

But on my desktop PC I still like to have something different to try and so I set about trying various radio players, just to see what's out there.

TuneIn is very good, free, and offers thousands of stations and podcasts;

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/stor...o/9wzdncrfj3sf

Enough for anyone I'm sure, but with it (on the PC version) come adverts. Not huge, in your face adverts, but adverts none the less and I'd rather not have that. It's also a little heavy on memory, even though that doesn't really matter on modern systems with tons of RAM etc. Still, it lets you save your favourite stations, it's reasonably easy to navigate and search so you can generally find what you want. TuneIn is probably the most popular choice for radio apps.

But then I came across the free Audials Radio app;

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/stor...o/9wzdncrfj4r7

.... which offers just as much choice as TuneIn (possibly more) but is easier to search and navigate, has a nicer UI, it also records (if you need that function) and it's ad free. It's also much lighter on resources. They offer a pro version, but I've found the free version to be perfectly suitable to my needs - all my favourite stations are there (and saved) plus there's a massive choice of stations, genres, local, national, international etc. It also lists stations to match your taste, top artists, top hits playing right now. Audials Radio is a very good, free, app if you're into listening to internet radio.

Another worth trying is myTuner Radio Pro;

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/stor...o/9nblggh10hqq

.... although not quite as polished as the previous two mentioned and with not as much choice, it still offers 30,000 radio stations and over a million podcasts. It's not as good to navigate as Audials but it's easy enough to search and you can save your favourites. It offers up popular stations and recommends ones you may like. myTuner Radio Pro is also ad free. One slight drawback (for me at least) is that, unlike the others, it doesn't list information about what's playing - artist, song etc. The UI isn't as friendly as the others either (my opinion) and is a little more basic to the eye. It still performs well though, and is easy to get the hang of. Definitely worth a look.

So, when you start to search the Store for radio apps you quickly realise just how many there are. Many, many of them are dedicated radio station, network or locality apps, which is fine if that's what you're after. I can find pretty much anything I'm after on the apps I've already mentioned so there is no real need of a dedicated station app but, during my searching, I came across two that I really do like and so have kept them installed.

I've listened to Radio Paradise for a long time;

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/stor...e/9wzdncrdmwjx

.... they play a mix of music that appeals to me. It's a very good radio station (your thoughts may differ) so I installed their app. It's one of the nicest apps I've ever tried, well thought out and put together, light, ad free. Plenty of info about what's playing, lyrics, choice of audio quality - and it also displays some great wallpaper images that relate to the track that's playing. These images change every twenty seconds or so. Really nice. It's nice to just leave the app open in full screen mode with the music playing and have the wallpaper constantly changing if you're not using the PC for anything else. A lot of thought has gone into making this app and it shows when in use.

Second one is the soma fm app;

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/stor...m/9ntxz19jftr3

Thirty eight different genre channels so pretty much something for everyone. The soma fm app is ad free, has a nice and easy to navigate UI, displays plenty of song info, provides good audio quality and runs light. This is another well thought out app. Sort channels by A to Z, popularity or genre. Right click on the channel tiles to save as favourites. Another really nice app.

Last one I kept installed is Tuba.FM;

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/stor...m/9wzdncrfjcrl

Slightly different in that it lists Tuba.fm stations plus user stations, and also by genre or artist. Search for an artist or band and it will play a constant flow of their music, which is good. Downside is that there are adverts, some of which occasionally pop up and briefly interrupt what you're listening to. I think you have to sign up to an account to stop that, which may involve payment. But I've found that I can live with that, the ads, however others may not think that way so it's personal choice. It's a good way to listen to music for free though, and it's a well designed app.

I realise that using apps from the Store is not for everyone, with most on here preferring to use free third party software programs and that's fine. But for me, now, I don't mind having a search around the app store. It can unearth some things that are actually quite good, and if you look hard enough you'll find ad free apps and come to realise that not all developers are necessarily in it for the money or at least will give users the option of free (even without ads) as well as paid/premium.

I don't use many store apps generally. But some that I've come across are well worth having, free, and with no ads so I've opened my mind to them more. As I say, times change. Take Audials Radio for example, for me, it's every bit as good as TapinRadio and it's still free.
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Excellent post. Thanks deya.
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Old 21. Nov 2017, 02:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No worries, MC. Been thinking to post it for a while. Time's the issue.
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deya, why don't you consider being an editor on Gizmo's for any free category, or well, for Internet Radio Apps itself
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Old 22. Nov 2017, 02:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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May be worth considering. I think many people are missing the trick when it comes to apps on their PC. Some of the apps I mentioned are also available on phones, tablets and the like, and people have no problem installing those, but seem to have a different view when it comes to installing them on their PC - and I've had the same view. But lately I've been using the app store more and have unearthed some good stuff.

If you take radio apps as an example. Looking at what's available in the store you first notice just how many there are. Too many to count. Not saying they're all good, not at all, but there surely must a be the demand for them and that goes for other categories as well. It's weeding through them all that's the problem, and I think that may put people off. Too much choice maybe? I can't quite figure it out, perhaps people just think they'll be rubbish and don't bother? ... spy on them? bombarded them with adverts? I don't know. But whatever, there are some gems to be had, and it's (possibly) a more secure way of downloading free software.

Thinking about it, much of the stuff I use these days is an app. Be it phones, music devices, TV devices etc. But I never really bothered with them on the PC with the exception of one or two. Maybe we don't really associate desktop PC's with apps (from the store) and prefer third party software programs because we consider them better?

I know there's a Windows app section on this site but it's not somewhere I've not gone frequently in the past to be honest, useful as it is. I mean, how popular are Windows apps? I see very little mention of them on here. Which maybe is a shame.
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Maybe we don't really associate desktop PC's with apps (from the store) and prefer third party software programs because we consider them better?
Yep, this is right for me.

When you think of apps, you think of phones. Apps are mostly associated with phones.

Software have been associated with PCs, for like, forever. I really do not understand the concept of apps on PCs. Why use apps when there are already lots of software for that purpose.

I don't like using apps on PC.. I prefer the traditional software.

Another thing is, to install and use apps, you will need to use a Microsoft account on the PC, which I do not want. I just want a local account.

Also, I had tried a few apps like photo viewer, video player, etc... and I didn't find them as fully featured as the traditional software, so it's another reason I don't want to use them.

In fact, I miss the Windows Photo Viewer... I really dont like the app version which has replaced the Windows version, which was much much better in many respects. The app version takes a long time to load and lacks features.

I will keep using regular software on Windows PCs.
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Follow the instructions on this page, Anupam;

https://www.stugon.com/enable-window...er-windows-10/

..... and you'll be able to get Windows Photo Viewer back. The zip is clean, it works. I've done it on both my machines. Sometimes the old stuff is better than the new
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Thanks deya. I did it, but it doesn't work for me. On my desktop, I had over the top upgrade of Windows 10, and somehow, Windows Photo Viewer is still there, even with the latest version of Windows.

But, on my laptop, I think I had installed Windows 10 fresh, and therefore Photos Viewer was no longer there. Even after following the instructions, I cannot find Windows Photo Viewer listed in the default apps or anywhere. Maybe that registry entry is for older version of Windows, and doesn't work for the recent versions?

Which version of Windows are you on? On my laptop, it has Windows 10 Creators Update.
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Both mine are on Fall Creators Update and Photo Viewer is on them. I used the method I posted to get it back on both. But mine are over the top installs so the reg keys were still there. I'm pretty sure (almost certain) if you've done a clean install of Win 10 then it won't work - Photo Viewer (I think) will be gone from the registry and cannot be recovered.

Best way to check is to right click on an image you have stored then select 'Open With' and see if Photo Viewer is listed. If it doesn't show, scroll to the bottom of the drop down and select 'Choose Another App' and see if it's listed in the pop-up panel. If it is then select 'Always use this app to open png/jpeg files'.

You can't pin Photo Viewer to Start etc, because it uses the same .dll as the new Photos app, so the only way to do it is as I described - at least to the best of my knowledge it is. It won't be listed in Start Menu either, even if it's still there. That's the drawback. They don't really want you to use it.

From reading your post (#6) I understand why you don't use Store apps but there is one that I use called 'Photo Moto' which is very good. It's just an image viewer, no more, no less. If you don't like using the new Photos app, and can't get the old Photo Viewer back, Photo Moto is a more than a descent alternative.
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Yes, I had done a fresh install on my laptop, and so it seems like Windows Photo Viewer is not there anymore. I checked with all the methods.

I don't want to use apps, and I can't anyways, because I have a local account on my PCs, and I don't want to use a Microsoft account.
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