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Radio for mac, Apple OSX app for playing and recording streaming internet radio from your menu bar, is ready for Retina screens
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Radio for mac, Apple OSX app. Play and record streaming internet radio from your menu bar

Listen, record and export your favourite radio stations.
All from your menu bar!

Radio as it should have shipped with your Mac.

Radio for mac, Apple OSX app for playing and recording streaming internet radio, is available on the Mac App Store Only $6.99 / €6,99 / £4.99

Radio for mac

Radio works on all Macs with OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks or 10.10 Yosemite installed. It needs an internet connection to stream radio stations.

If you want Radio to sync your favourite stations through Apple iCloud, you need to have iCloud activated in your System Preferences.

Radio is designed to be very lightweight and use minimal system resources.

Radio displays great on Retina screens.

Version 1.0.5
October 2014
Improvements to audio playback in difficult network conditions.
Version 1.0.4
April 2014
Solved issues with Windows streams.
Upgraded to ffmpeg v20.
Version 1.0.3
June 2013
Media key and Applescript support added.
Faster search/filter.
Bug fixes.
Version 1.0.2
June 2013
Bug fixes.
Version 1.0.1
June 2013
Initial release.
  • When using Airplay, it's not yet possible to only send the Radio sound over Airplay, without the system sound. We are considering adding this feature in a future version.
  • In OSX Yosemite dark mode, the Radio icon in the menu bar isn't converted - the icon is there (but black). Radio works without further problems in Yosemite. We are working on a fix.

Frequently asked questions

Below are some frequently asked questions. If your question is not answered here, please contact us:

radio@hetissimpel.nl

Radio is an application that does not show up in the Dock; it lives in your OSX Menu Bar, near the clock. If it runs it shows up there as three concentric circles. See the image at the top of this page.

Radio currently doesn't directly support Airplay.

However, if you'd really like to stream Radio via Airplay, here is a trick you can use:

Hold the Option (Alt) key and click on the Volume icon in the menu bar, a menu will appear showing any available Airplay device. Select your Airplay device and all your sounds will play over Airplay.

The global library of streams that comes with Radio serves as a starting point when you start using the application. At the moment this is a database maintained by us. It will continually be updated, and is synced every time you (re)start Radio.

You can add your own streams to Radio, but at the moment these custom stations will not be automatically added to our global library. Send us an email at radio@hetissimpel.nl if you would like one or more stations to be added to our library for everyone to enjoy.

Please email your stations in the following format:
Stream name | Stream url | Description | Country | City | Website

Our library of internet radio stations can be viewed here. The library is constantly updated. Newly added stations will automatically sync within 24 hours, or directly after a restart of Radio.

Send us an email at radio@hetissimpel.nl if you would like one or more stations to be added to our library for everyone to enjoy.

Please email your stations in the following format:
Stream name | Stream url | Description | Country | City | Website

Sure, please send us an email at radio@hetissimpel.nl and we will add it to our library for everyone to enjoy.

Please email us your stations in the following format:
Stream name | Stream url | Description | Country | City | Website

Any stream that plays can be recorded. All recordings are in MP3 format and not restricted in any way.

No, currently you cannot schedule recordings directly within Radio. However, there is a way to schedule recordings with Radio using Automator and iCal. The step-by-step description can be found here.

Your recordings are saved to your User directory at:
~/Music/Radio

All recordings are saved in mp3 format, indepent of the original stream format. Your recordings are saved with a filename that is a combination of a timestamp and the radio station's name. The location of the recordings is your User directory at:
~/Music/Radio

You can only edit and delete stations that you added yourself. The global library of streams that comes with Radio cannot be edited or deleted, so if you did not add any custom stations, these buttons are greyed out.

We're sorry to hear that. It could be anything from technical issues at the station to a glitch on our end.

Radio supports the following formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+ and WMA.

Radio stream urls often change, some stations disappear. Also, some radio stations only broadcast at certain times of the day. You can manually delete streams that are not working anymore or that don't interest you.

Thats right, Radio doesn't support Flash.

Radio stores the station in your iCloud account and syncs it with any other Macs that are running Radio and are logged into your same iCloud account.

It's handy if you have a Mac at work/school and a different personal Mac at home.

It should! Check your iCloud settings on your Mac (System Preferences -> iCloud) and make sure that you are logged in and the "Documents & Data" tick box is checked.

If that's the case, restart Radio, go into its General Preferences Panel and click on the iCloud Reset button. Hopefully, everything will jump into life then and your Favourites and custom stations are synced across iCloud.

Not at the moment. We might add this in a future version. Until that time you'll have to add streams one by one or send us an email at radio@hetissimpel.nl with the stations you'd like to be added to our library.

Please email your stations in the following format:
Stream name | Stream url | Description | Country | City | Website

Not yet, you'll have to find and add streams manually.

The file containing both your streams and favourites can be found at:
~/Library/Containers/nl.hetissimpel.radio/Data/Library/Application Support/nl.hetissimpel.radio/radio.sqlite

Your recordings can be found in your User directory at:
~/Music/Radio

Also, your favourites are automatically synced to your iCloud account when you are logged in to iCloud in your OSX System Preferences.

Yes it is! The primary idea of Radio is to have as little user interface as possible. But the interface that is there, is optimized for Retina. In fact, Radio was developed using Retina Macbook Pros.

Yes you can! For all details see the Media keys & Apple script section on this website.

Yes you can! For all details see the Media keys & Apple script section on this website.

Help

If you have any questions or if you need support installing or using Radio, please contact us:

radio@hetissimpel.nl

Do you want specific radio stations added to our library? Let us know and we will add them.

Please let us know if you find any bugs or if you would like specific features to be added in future versions.

Media keys and Applescript

Version 1.0.3 of Radio introduces media key and Applescript support.

By using our free optional RadioMediaKeys utility you can now also start and stop Radio with the media keys on your keyboard.

Radio can now also be controlled with Applescript or your Automator workflow.

Download the free RadioMediaKeys utility

To enable you to use your keyboard media keys with Radio, we made the RadioMediaKeys utility. It can be downloaded for free:

RadioMediaKeys will show in your Dock and can be controlled and quit from there.
Download RadioMediaKeys

Adapt RadioMediaKeys

We've open-sourced our RadioMediaKeys utility. Check out the code and make it work the way you want at:
https://bitbucket.org/hetissimpel/radiomediakeys

Use the Applescript interface

You can use the Radio Applescript interface in any way you like, from FastKeys to Automator workflows.

Use as Applescript command: tell application "Radio" do toggleplay command

Please let us know any ideas you have on the Applescript support via:

radio@hetissimpel.nl

Why we built Radio for mac

At Het is Simpel we tend to build things we need ourselves.
Damien listens to internet radio all day and got frustrated that he missed his favourite shows while being in presentations and meetings.

So he started searching for a lean and mean OSX app which would play and record streaming internet radio from the menu bar, while using minimal system resources. He didn't find it...

That's how Radio came to life.

About us

Jeroen Hermkens

Jeroen is as passionate about easy to use interfaces as he is frustrated about confusing interfaces. Life can’t get better when he is making complex things easy to use. His company is called ‘Het is Simpel’ which translates as ‘It is Simple’. He is the designer of PicStroom, a visual RSS reader for the iPad, and Image2Talk, a functional communication app using images.

hetissimpel.nl

Damien Glancy

Damien has been coding since before he was 7 years old. He works as a software engineer based in Dublin, Ireland. He is the developer of PicStroom, a visual RSS reader for the iPad, and Image2Talk, a functional communication app using images. He has worked for a large number of Irish companies, such as, Eontec (now Oracle), IONA, AIB Bank, Canada Life (via Sabeo) and BlackBerry.

damienglancy.ie

Remco Kalf

Remco is freelance UX designer and web developer. He has worked with Jeroen on many websites and web apps in the past. He has built the Radio website and has diligently been testing countless versions of Radio.

remcokalf.nl

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