Then the iPod came along and I was able to control what music I listened to, when, and where. Then the iPhone came along and changed all that.
While I can keep all my music on the iPhone and play what I want to hear, when and where I want to hear it, the battery doesn’t last nearly as long (because I do more than just listen to music). That brings me to the Mac, which I sit in front of much of the day, which has internet access, and which can play what I want to hear. That brings me to internet radio.
I’ve tried Pandora but find it cumbersome. It requires management and effort which is different than music from my iPod, iPhone, or even the Mac. So, I’ve tried half a dozen or so internet radio players. If anyone says radio is dead, simply point them to the internet.
The latest app to grace my Mac’s screen is called SonicWeb. This is a strange little beast of an app that works well, but takes effort to figure out as it’s anything but intuitive, and, besides, the interface was designed by someone who was probably asked to leave a class on design.
It’s almost scary it’s so dark.
Granted, most of what you need to search for thousands internet radio stations, record stations, and time shift is there, but it needs to be hunted down like wayward cattle.
Once you figure it out, SonicWeb isn’t terrible. You can create station playlists and favorites, record multiple stations at the same time, and it supports AirPlay. It also lets you capture music from internet radio stations to add to your collection. In playback it even adjusts volume dynamically.
SonicWeb works and is good for finding stations and timeshiftimg programs, as well as adding songs to your Mac. I’d be willing to pay a few dollars more if the user interface were more user friendly and less straining on my eyes.