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Griffin radioSHARK allows you to play, pause, and record live radio on your Mac. Please note that this software requires the radioSHARK hardware to function.

What's New

Version 2.0.2:
  • Corrected a minor tuning issue with version 2 hardware.
  • Corrected a minor issue with AM presets and widget preset menu.
  • Changed mechanism used for updating radioSHARK software.
  • Fixed an incompatability with Mac OS X 10.4.9.

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Jeff-H. Member IconReview+188
Jeff-H.
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For my uses the Griffin radioSHARK has performed very well.
It hasn't failed to wake my computer up and start recording programs.
I have just set it up to start recording more shows with a somewhat complex schedule, so lets see how that goes.

I'm also VERY impressed with the size of the resulting recorded files. Understand that I've only recorded AM shows in non-stereo and at a rather conservative setting (I believe 96kbs), but a 4 hour show is under 150 MB! And the sound is nice and clear.

As far as reception...

I've seen around that this has been an issue at least where this first generation (white), radioSHARK is concerned.
When I first plugged in the shark I had nothing but static and was a little disappointed. I thought that the radioSHARK was its own antenna. I took advice that I had seen on a couple places and instead of buying a costly antenna I plugged in a cheap set of earbuds I had lying in a drawer. I don't know much about antennas so I'm not sure if the tiny magnets improved the reception but it was incredible! I must have quadrupled the stations that I was pulling in and they were strong and clear, both AM and FM.

I would say try that first before spending money on an antenna.

All-in-all very pleased.

p.s. Got mine on amazon for less that $20 delivered!

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Version 2.0.2
jmh1 Member IconReview+6
jmh1
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Average rating 3.5, based on category scores.
Overall a nice product, but I cannot quite give it a 4.
because the FM reception is not as good as I would have expected...it is an antenna after all.
Mac functionality is fine or better.
Windows version needs a bit of work.
New price deal got me to buy.

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Version 2.0.2
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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I also own one of theese's Sharkies and have experienced the same problem's that have been brought up on this tread, i.e. useless Ouicktime movie file, not recording a schedule program ect.

A couple of things I found to work quite well are:

(1) I keep two user's account's on my computer and when I'm not going to be around for a recording I log myself on first, then useing fast switcher I log on to the other user account, this seem's to work quite well.

(2) I know this won't be a popular choice but also I set the hard drive to never sleep.

I also found that you need to keep checking your schedule recourding's especially around the end of a month.

Good Luck!

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Version 2.0b23
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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This product gets too much flack and bad press. There is nothing wrong with the Hardware; the initial (1.x) versions of the software were poor, but Griffin has stepped up to the plate with the 2.x betas (which are completly rewritten). Scheduling is 100x better, much less buggy... Only things that are lacking are:
- Auto station preset
- RDS decoding

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Version 2.0b23
 Member IconComment+0
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actually, I have found the radio shark to work quite well, reception is good, easy to use

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Version 2.0b23
Utter Rubbish Member IconComment+0
Utter Rubbish
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I've been trying to figure out just what to do with this expensive piece of plastic and its utterly useless software that is constantly in beta. I was thinking about letting my kid use it a shark fin in our pool. I hesitate to purchase any further Griffin products as they may look good and sound great on paper, but the reality falls short of end user expectations. Griffin needs to drop their radioSHARK and admit failure while giving us poor fools who bought the bloody thing some sort of discount on another Griffin products. Oh...wait a minute, why would I want another Griffin headache?

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Version 2.0b23
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Your expectations are way too high. It records radio, and well. Thats all it does... Thats all it was designed to do... and if it doesn't meet your expectations then tell us what they are and what it does thats so rubbish. I found it an amazing product which is really well made...

No point in posting a bad comment if you dont tell us why.....

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Anonymous
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That's valid, so here goes: A product release waaaaaaay before the software was ready for it, and it is still is not up to snuff. Wonderful concept, poor execution. Period. Poor to fair reception and recordings. Yes, time shifting is a wonderful concept and highly useful, but some group other than Griffin should have run with this idea or at least Griffin should let it go to a group that can do it justice. As you will note I did not give any star ratings as to lower its standing in that area, but let's get real the majority of radioSHARK owners' have experienced what I have experienced. I wonder whether I can glue it on my motorcycle helmet. Hmmmm.......

Dr. Metal Member IconComment+0
Dr. Metal
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Hi - for those users frustrated with the radioSHARK's shortcomings, try this -

hook up a cheap Walkman with a DC adapter to your audio input using a regular mini-jack...then use Amadeus's built-in timer feature, and you're set. I use this setup to record the Stern show, and it works great everytime. never a problem.

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Version 2.0b22
Chapin Member IconComment+0
Chapin
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Bummer about RadioShark's mediocre reception; I live in an outlying area, where reception isn't THAT great to begin with, and in a basement to boot. I haven't given up on the fin though (yet).

I bought an arial from RadioShack, along with all the proper gear for grounding and shielding, etc., and mounted it on my roof. Even without a signal amplifier, my new FM feed is remarkable; I pick up many stations that I didn't think that I EVER would.

Despite this success, only my stereo receiver seems to register the signal, not the RadioShark. After giving up on the headphone/aux. out jack on the base of the fin (I tried soldering my lead to the ground vs. the left/right channels of a 1/8" audio plug, as Griffin tech support suggested), I pried open the top of my RadioShark fin, and straightened out its internal FM antenna so that it sticks straight out the top (even this minor alteration seemed to improve the fin's reception markedly). Then I hooked a 75 to 300 ohm transformer to my coaxial arial antenna feed, and ran the lead wire to the tip of my RadioShark's exposed antenna. Although the signal DOES improve, slightly, station reception, across the band, isn't nearly as good as from my Harmon/Kardon AVR 100 stereo receiver.

Shouldn't a clear FM signal, with the proper 300 ohm impedance, improve the RadioShark's reception as well as it improves my receiver's reception?

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Version 1.0.5
Robert Elliott
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I have had the RadioShark since it was available. I record scheduled Radio Broadcasts like Paul Harvey. I get great reception. I bought a 1/8" headphone jack converter that converts into coaxial. Then just plugged in my coax cable from my wall that has been wired into the rest of my home which leads to the antenna on my roof. The roof antenna also has a signal booster also to help reception. On weaker reception stations I still have to move the antenna wire leading to the Shark to find the best reception.

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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I've been using the RadioSHARK for about 3 months on my G4 tower (10.3.8) and have had good days and bad. The original software was lacking in some basic features (ex: when to repeat recordings) but it was stable and would record whenever it was told to.

By software version 1.0.5 there are most of the features one could want but the recording reliability has gone to hell. I'm regularly being left with .mov files that I can't do anything with and it's random (apparently) which recording will be lost.

Oh, and the change to daylight savings time: Someone seemed to think that programming the time shift into the software was a good idea. It was not. The program read my computer's time (automatically corrected) and then added its own 1-hour shift! Result = 5 hours of recording dropped to 3 and I had to go and change my schedule back to what it was. I don't appreciate software modifying my information unless I specifically ask it to do so.

*sigh*

It is not a bad product so long as you want to do simple things. Poor reception inside of an office building is something I've seen (heard) from many radio devices, not just this one so I don't feel right blaming that on Griffin. If you want reliable scheduled recordings, though, I would think carefully before choosing this particular product. Their software can only improve, really. And why is the font in the scheduler so very small?

The original encodings for AAC files were iPod Shuffle incompatible (don't know about the others). I've been using iTunes to make AAC files from the raw AIFFs and have had no trouble... when the files actually record ;)

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Version 1.0.5
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Update: I've finally given up on version 1.0.5 of the software. It will not record reliably overnight since Daylight Savings kicked in. It also consistently locks up the whole system at about 2am; something nothing else has been able to do. I'm reverting to 1.0.3 and will see if that fixes anything. At this point v1.0.5 of the software needs someone to take a serious look at it.

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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I had precisely the same issues with this hunk of junk all the way back in February and it seems that Griffin still doesn't have a new version of the software. It seems obvious they have no intenetion of ever fixing this product and just pocketed your money. I own an iPod too and have NO intention of using Griffin products with it. I consider myself already burned once so no way will I do it again.

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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I've had huge problems getting this thing to actual record a useable file. It apparently saves 5 files as it records, then combines them into the final AAC file. Unfortunately, mine usually leaves the 5 files (3 .mov files and 2 .m4a files) unfinished and uncombined, but NONE of these files can be played by anything -- they all return errors.

The problem is intermittent so I can't figure out what is wrong. Of course, the Apple Store refuses to take it back and Griffin ignores my emails so I'm just junking it and sending a complaint to the Better Business Bureau.

Of course, this is just one of several issues with this device. The software is crude and limited, the manual nearly useless ("troubleshooting" amounts to little more than the equivalent of "did you turn it on?") and there is no supplemental troubleshooting material on the Griffin website. The tuner sensitivity is poor -- I get better reception from a crappy boombox and a $5 flashlight/radio! In fact, I often get crosstalk from other stations.

Frankly, this thing stinks. I consider myself burned and probably won't ever buy Griffin products again.

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Version 1.0.5
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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The multiple files you have are left over from previous recordings - for any given individual recording there will be a .mov file which - if all goes well - is converted into the format you specify (in this case it is AAC).

The 1.0.5 update fixed all known causes of the .mov file not being converted or deleted, so if you are experiencing the problem with 1.0.5 please send Griffin support a copy of your console.log (using Console.app) and ask them to send it to the developers.

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Version 1.0.5 did NOT resolve the issues as you claim. In fact, in the couple weeks since I wrote the comment originally, now it won't combine ANY of these files at all on any recordings! Besides no longer recording at all anymore, it doesn't start and stop when it is scheduled to, it switches from FM to AM and random and it reports cryptic messages in the console. I tried reinstalling the software without any changes. This thing is pure, unadulterated garbage. DO NOT BUY THE RADIOSHARK -- IT WILL JUST TAKE A BITE OUT OF YOUR WALLET! BEWARE!

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Downloads 6,825
Version Downloads 2,957
Type Drivers / Other
License Free
Date 12 Apr 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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