Like a lot of Brits my age, I have grown up with the wonderful radio output of the BBC cooing softly in my ears, and now I can’t imagine life without it.
Not just the BBC, in fact. I love radio generally. I love the astonishing variety of music and speech that you can find, if only you go looking. And with the advent of internet broadcasting, there’s no need to live within radio transmission reach of the broadcast itself.
Radium is my favorite internet radio application. Like a good radio, it sits out of the way when not in use, and continues to sit that way even after you’ve switched it on. It makes no demands on your eyes.
Radium’s cute radio icon lurks in your Menu Bar. Click on it and you’ll see a text search box, into which you can type whatever you want to hear. It might be the name of a station, or perhaps a musical genre. Radium filters its huge default list of stations to find something you might like.
It’s easy to mark stations as favorites, to reach them more easily in future. And if you wish, you can switch on all sorts of extras – like Growl notifications, full keyboard control, and last.fm integration – in the preferences.
Radium costs $25 but you get an entire world of radio at your disposal for that, which I think is excellent value for money.