Radium 3 Is Here, And It’s Half Price In The Mac App Store

Simple, elegant, audio.

Simple, elegant, audio.

Ever since we reviewed this sweet menu bar internet radio app for the Mac, we’ve used it to tune into thousands upon thousands of stations just ripe for the listening. It was one of our 15 top apps of 2010, and one of the essential apps in the Freelance Mac App Bundle that came out back in June of 2011.

Now Radium is back with a new icon and a new version, ready to take on a whole new set of fans with its easy to use, small footprint, and just plain full-of-audio awesomeness that we’ve all come to expect from the Mac app. Plus? It’s half off right now in the App Store.

It looks like CatPig Studios has outdone itself with Radium 3, which is saying a lot, considering how well the app was before. You can find stations by name, genre, or region and tune in with just one little click. There are over 6000 stations to choose from, and Radium 3 is AirPlay capable, making listening to radio from around the world on your HDTV super easy. Use and edit keyboard shortcuts so you never have to take your hands off the keyboard to navigate and control Radium, and you can even have it show you the playing track with a notification in the Notification Center. Or, heck, you can turn that feature off!

Your favorite radio stations can be added to a list of favs with a click to the heart icon, and you can change each station’s icon with a right click. Radium promises to be just as customizable and minimalist as ever, with easy station reordering and importing new stations on the fly with drag and drop.

There’s even an automatic equalizer mode, which will analyze the audio coming in on the station and set the best sounding EQ for you. If you select a different preset EQ mode, though, Radium will remember and use that one instead. Also, when you pause Radium to answer a phone (or nature’s) call, you’ll resume right where you left off.

Finally, Radium will let you share tracks you dig on Twitter, Last.fm, or Facebook with a click. Radium supports a ton of internet radio services, including Digitally Imported, CalmRadio, GrooveSalad, and more. It’s available in the Mac App Store for half off it’s regular price of $19.99 right now for $9.99, so grab it now, since the sale ends February 19th.

  • WXMAN2001

    What a scam. I already paid for Radium 2.8.3 and now they want me to pay again for 3.0? Thanks but no thanks. Apparently updates are not free anymore.

  • CatPigStudios

    WXMAN2001: No company releases free updates for major updates. Apple, Adobe, you name it. Paid upgrades allow companies to continue releasing quality work. Radium 2.x has had free updates for over 2.5 years, and this policy will continue with Radium 3. (We don’t plan to release Radium 4 any time soon.) If your employer only paid you for your first year of work, where would you be? =)

  • WXMAN2001

    CatPigStudios, I understand about paying for new full releases and can respect that. But perhaps you should have posted on Mac store 4 or 5 months ago that you were coming out with a whole new version soon and we could decide to buy then or wait. So I buy it, and 4 months later, it’s out of date with no updates expected. I would have held off buying until now and would have been a happy customer.

  • TechBell

    So I’m paying $10 bucks to do what TuneIn or Stitcher do for free – and they’re bookmarked on my Chrome browser. What am I missing other than the opportunity to burn $10?

  • Mystakill

    …What am I missing other than the opportunity to burn $10?

    Neither plays SiriusXM stations, and the official SiriusXM player is absolute crap, which is what makes it worth $10 to me. I do wish that upgrades were available directly, rather than going through MAS, which I avoid if at all possible.

  • visualisLU

    WXMAN2001 This shows the limits of the MAS… But in the same time, if you buy a computer at the end of a cycle, it’s the same thing: you’ll have to pay for the new one if you want it.

  • visualisLU
    …What am I missing other than the opportunity to burn $10?

    Neither plays SiriusXM stations, and the official SiriusXM player is absolute crap, which is what makes it worth $10 to me. I do wish that upgrades were available directly, rather than going through MAS, which I avoid if at all possible.

    I agree with you, but the guy from CatPig told me that it has to do with iCloud which means they don’t have the choice.

  • robraden

    Hhhmmm… I commented here, but apparently, it didn’t take.

    A few thoughts:
    #1. The new menubar icon is really bad. A heart? For an internet radio menubar icon? That’s really poor design since it doesn’t visually signify anything having to do with internet radio. Really poor design.

    #2. Dark gray text on a darker gray background? Who in the heck thought that up? Again, really poor design.

    #3. Why doesn’t the menubar window extend down further when clicked rather than requiring a user to scroll. One size fits all design is lazy, especially when you consider the resolutions most monitors display at these days.

    #4. The main page is now less useful than it used to be. The currently playing song title and artist aren’t there anymore. That’s a shame. Then again, thanks to the darker text, it would be hard to read anyway.

    #5. It’s interesting how bad some aspects of the new design are when you consider how good other aspects are and how well thought out Radium has a history of being. The options found by clicking the gear are very well laid out. The settings are well done (though they could have easily fit on one page rather than split into two tabs). The app is marvelously simple and focussed rather than bloated. The list of stations is excellent. It’s just a shame we have to work so hard to read it (dark gray text? Are you kidding me?!?).

    Luckily, these things are an easy fix. Change the ignorant heart icon back to a radio. Make the text easier to read. Allow the dropdown menu to extend down further if there’s room. Directly below the top blue bar, or at the bottom of the window, add two lines of space for the currently playing song.

    All things considered, I’m sticking with the previous version of Radium. The new one is a big step backward. If the beta testers didn’t point this stuff out, the developer needs to find better beta testers for future releases.

  • Mystakill

    I agree with you, but the guy from CatPig told me that it has to do with iCloud which means they don’t have the choice.

    Yeah, it’s an Apple requirement to force dev *into* MAS.

    I’ll also have to second robraden’s comments regarding visibility and the icon. The new menu’s also taller & narrower than the v2 menu, so it’s both wasting screen real estate and squandering it at the same time. I’m still trialing v3, but it’s not a *must buy* since my v2 works fine & is much easier to read; I like to support smaller devs, but the “dark theme” seems to be the new “it”. iStat Menus recently did something similar & I’m not upgrading until a more reasonable/readable theme is available.

  • jlkinley

    What in the world were they thinking with the icon change? They had such a cool looking icon and now I want to hide it so that my kid sister does not make fun of me.

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