Radio is dead. Or, so it would have seemed a few years ago. Of the many thousands of radio stations in the U.S., only a few make money, and thousands have been bought up by huge communications conglomerates in an effort to become more efficient and profitable. Where is radio going?
Already there are many thousands of radio stations which not only broadcast over the airwaves, but also broadcast over the internet, so in that sense, radio is alive and well. Mac users can choose from a dozen or so internet radio applications, most of which do about the same thing– they grab an internet radio stream and store it or play it on your Mac.
A relative newcomer to the genre is RADYO, a modestly priced, Mideast-based radio player and recorder (with heavy emphasis on international radio stations). It’s the recording feature that makes listening to internet radio a worthwhile option. Time shifting is all the rage these days.
RADYO comes with a radio station database, but almost any station with a standard streaming format can be added. The user interface is iTunes-like, so it’s familiar and easy to navigate.
Stations can be shared to Twitter, Facebook, and other social sites. RADYO also features a favorite station list which makes it easy to connect to stations you listen to frequently.
The recording features works well, but isn’t obvious as to how to use it.
RADYO also displays, where applicable, music album art, and searching the included database for additional stations– especially those in other countries– is especially straightforward. Click and select.
The Mac App Store has a growing number of apps which stream internet radio stations to your Mac. One of my favorites is myTunerRadio which also boasts a large database of stations, but does not have a recorder function. Time shifting is your friend.
So, in answer to my original question, radio is not dead. But it’s changed, and in many ways is a vastly superior product because of recording and time shifting, and that there’s access to tens of thousands of internet radio stations which would not be available to listen to if it were not for internet streaming.