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Old 11. Oct 2010, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Been using this today, Tapin Radio, similar to Screamer and RadioSure but I reckon it's better. Lots of presets, region, genre, network, easy to search and save favourites. Updates preset file, records, simple settings, and tons of stations to choose from - best thing is, I haven't had a dead link .. yet.

I think the guy behind it, Tapin, was involved with Screamer but decided to develop his own player .. see here.

You can download the latest version from the site here - TapinRadio - it's a 7mb download and 25mb install. Uploaded the set up .exe file to VirusTotal, scanned it with everything, it's clean.

It runs light on resources and has a massive choice of stations worldwide. This is from the site; - "TapinRadio is based in the Czech Republic and run by a visually impaired radio fanatic called Tapin."

If you're into radio it's worth a download, it runs on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) - it even picks up air traffic control and something called railroadradio, whatever that is, and if you're that geeky.

It's only in it's infancy but it's still very good and I reckon it'll keep improving.
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Old 11. Oct 2010, 09:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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English air traffic control?
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Old 11. Oct 2010, 09:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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and something called railroadradio, whatever that is
Which "station"?
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Old 11. Oct 2010, 11:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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@jim - no, not English, they nearly all look to be in America. There's a couple in Australia, Bulgaria and Amsterdam if you're into that kind of thing. I'm listening to one from Baltimore (Potomac approach - final north) ??.. it's very clear. No music though :-)

As for the which station MC, that really is the bizarre bit because the list is huge, again they're all in America. It sounds like the air traffic control, only with trains, so they really are railway station 'stations'. I've never come across it before, not much use to me but ... whatever floats your boat.

The player is good though. I've been looking at the forum on the site and they reckon there's a Mac and Linux version on the way. No whistles and bells, flashing lights or anything, just a pretty basic, easy to use player. But it works, all the BBC, regional and global, plus hundereds of others around the world. Only 2 dead links so far.

The guy was involved in Screamer Radio, been reading up on it, but it seems he got fed up with Screamer not updating presets so decided to launch his own player. Nice.
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Which "station"?
Do we not have a forum rule that forbids this kind of thing? Some kind of diabolical pun causing pain and suffering to others clause?
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Old 12. Oct 2010, 12:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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There was an update to version 1.17 this morning, clicked to update and it takes you to the site to download it from there. Downloaded the set up and it installed cleanly over the the existing version, no problems. There was also an update for the presets file, clicked to update that and it installed the file without a problem. Very easy.

I can see that there are lots of new stations added after the presets update, including the air traffic thing - getting closer, jim, there's some for Ireland now :-)

My way of thinking with this though, is that these guys are obviously radio enthusiasts and updating the station presets regularly is something that other radio players I use fail to do much of the time. So by doing this you're not going to get as many dead links. I've saved stations to favourites with other players only to have them not connect after a while, the links go dead. Using Tapin I'm also able to connect to many more stations that I've not come across before - I've not had one connection drop either, so far.

Searching for stations is much easier with this, it's not as confusing as some others, no lists of station frequency numbers to scroll through, which is a pain when you're confronted with a list of hundreds. Tapin just gives the station names and lists countries clearly by using national flags. It's very easy to search, you can also do a type search if you know the name of the station you're after.

Only drawback I've found is there's no funk stations listed in the genres, I'm appalled, but I can live with it for now. New version still runs light on resources so I'm hoping it keeps improving with each new release.
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Do we not have a forum rule that forbids this kind of thing? Some kind of diabolical pun causing pain and suffering to others clause?
Yes, sorry about inflicting my personal brand of humor into what is a very sensible thread from deya who has adopted exactly the right approach by ignoring it

Having just deserted the Windows wagon train for Linux (again) I might well have a look at this if it becomes available as I can easily live without the funk

Thanks deya for the comprehensive introduction to this software and for following it through
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Thanks deya. Yes I'll give it a look. I'm really into commercial aircraft forums so a bit of ATC would be great. England would be even better but Ireland, USA etc. fine. Bit tied up for a couple of days but will definitely give it a go.
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I half expected another comment about trains after I said the player had no whistles and bells.

Anyway, Tapin has been playing all day today without one connection drop and the resource use is still low. I love coming across freeware like this, you know - real enthusiasts developing something for others to use and enjoy. That's what it's all about. It's a great little radio player ... and I've got the funk now so I'm loving it even more.
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Thanks for bringing this to my attention, deya.
Since there's a portable version, I'll give this a try.
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