Radio may survive, thanks to the internet, but listening to radio stations on the internet is problematic at best. Radio station streams come and go, stations come and go, and internet radio apps come and go.
Here in Chicagoland we’re treated to the standard metropolitan list of stations we can pick up over the air and on the internet; WBBM for news, WKSC for music, even venerable WLS remains in the top 10 list of stations (but on FM now). Over the past few years I’ve tried a dozen different internet radio apps. This one is called Radio and I so want it to be the best. Just look at it. Inviting, no?
Click on the Menubar, select a station, start listening. Need to record it to play back later? Click to record. Save stations as favorites. Adjust the volume. Radio is affordable, easy to use, and absolutely perfect.
If it worked all the time.
Maybe it’s me, maybe it’s my Mac, maybe it’s the internet connection, maybe it’s the radio station streams, or maybe it’s the app (and I hold open the option that it could be any mix or all at the same time), but internet radio on Radio isn’t always available. Some station streams play perfectly. Others never play at all. Ever. Others are here today and gone tomorrow (or, yesterday).
There’s much to like about Radio. Click to view a list of 2,000 stations. Click to view saved favorites. Click to view saved recordings. You can even export saved MP3 audio files to iTunes, iPhone, or iPad.
When it works.
Radio uses keyboard shortcuts to control playback. Radio says you can listen to, record, and play any streaming radio station. Maybe so, but not everyday. I like that song titles show up in Notification Center. Well, no. It would be better as a pop down window, but that’s a minor nit.
What really bothers me most is the inconsistency. In my car, I can push a button and listen to any one of a few dozen stations about 99.999-percent of the time. With Radio and internet radio connecting odds are better than coin flipping but less than expected.