Radioshift
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Listen to and record Internet radio.   Shareware ($32.00)
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Note: While Radioshift has been discontinued, it is still available to download for users that already hold a license.

Radioshift lets you listen to and record Internet radio.

Like a personal video recorder (PVR) for radio, Radioshift enables Internet and AM/FM radio to be recorded automatically and listened to at any time.

Radioshift can be used to explore and listen to over 100,000 radio listings from around the world. Audio can be subscribed to and automatically recorded. As well, users can listen live to thousands of RealAudio,
What's New
Version 1.6.7:
  • A bug, introduced in Radioshift 1.6.6, where old versions of Radioshift Helper were not properly removed from Login Items has been corrected.
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later



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Radioshift User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Xco reviewed on 03 Jul 2012
RadioShift has been a rock-solid performer for me, all these years. It enabled me to record my favorite radio programs with ease, and input them into iTunes for later use. It's a very great shame the application is on it's last legs. Very great indeed ...
[Version 1.6.7]


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Balanchine commented on 10 Jan 2012
"On December 31st, 2011, Radioshift was retired from development and removed from sale. It is no longer available for purchase."

http://www.rogueamoeba.com/radioshift/
[Version 1.6.7]


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Just-Mac reviewed on 26 Aug 2011
Just trying to offset the rating appearing in my previous review, where I intended to rate Radioshift very low and NOT 3 stars! Let's see if it works this time...

Radioshift User Interface is just so bad, not worthy to be called a Mac App, it's clicking hell! (read another comment to explain the details, I am not going to go through that).

I recently found another Radio app, SNOWTAPE, which is a pleasure to use in comparison to Radioshift, and full of functionality as well!
[Version 1.6.6]

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Jazzyguy replied on 26 Aug 2011
I LOVE Jazz and the interface shows a plethora of Jazz stations and I have no problem clicking on them. Some stations are not always on the air with the stations I choose but that's life!
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Just-Mac replied on 26 Aug 2011
Jazzyguy, oh yes, you can search for Jazz and you get results for sure! I just tried again... 40 pages of results, only 10 shown at once in each page! And I need to click through all pages one by one.

You are not understanding the complaint, it's about the UI! Like... this silly paginated presentation of results, a native app that wants to look like a web page. And the window content that does not resize with the window, (why do I have a big screen?). And the absence of Right-clicking to make a station a favorite from the search results (need to access the station details first, then back-out of it for the next station). And the space bar that does not pause the audio like ALL other audio app I have come across (like iTunes), etc… etc…

A clicking hell, as I said!
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Jazzyguy replied on 26 Aug 2011
What can I say to that? I guess you are right about the clicking. I just got used to it.
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Balanchine replied on 10 Jan 2012
If you click on the list icon at the bottom of the results window, the stations are presented in a scrolling list rather than paginated.

However, as the list doesn't resize with the main window, it's still a bit annoying. It's as if the developers built this app on a tiny laptop and want everyone else to use it that way.
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Just-Mac reviewed on 26 Aug 2011
Radioshift User Interface is just so bad, not worthy to be called a Mac App, it's clicking hell! (read another comment to explain the details, I am not going to go through that).

I recently found another Radio app, SNOWTAPE, which is a pleasure to use in comparison to Radioshift, and full of functionality as well!
[Version 1.6.6]

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Just-Mac replied on 26 Aug 2011
I intended my review to have an overall rating of only 1/2 star, but something went wrong with Macupdate web site (a bug?), my review turned out 3 stars. Radioshift is not worth 3 stars in my view!

How does one go about editing one's post here?
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Broksta reviewed on 30 May 2011
Great value, simple interface, picked up all my fav stations in seconds, just what I wanted. Even better is there online audio recording software Audio Hi-Jacker and music streaming program called Airfoil. Great software developers - search for Rogue Amoeba to view all their software.
[Version 1.6.5]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 26 May 2011
OH and here is a 5Star review to offset Evolut's NONSENSICAL review.
[Version 1.6.5]


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Evolut reviewed on 27 Nov 2010
I really wanted to like this application... Somewhere, it contains a lot of functionality, but the awful User Interface makes it extremely hard to access.

The UI is a mess, absolutely awful! This app is in love with paging and clicking… lots of it!

What's wrong with an iTunes-like User Interface? Apple, and others, have thought through many usability issues, so why that desire to imitate the mess of a badly designed web site instead?

For instance, RadioShift has a great ability to find radios, but the results are useless because of the UI:
Let's say I search for "Jazz"… I get 629 results. This sounds great, right?
But wait! The results are shown in pages of 10! So I need to painfully browse 63 pages!!!! Click, Click, Click, Click…. . This is INSANE!
What wrong with scrollable lists, spreadsheets with rows and columns that I could scroll quickly with the mouse wheel/trackpad/magic mouse??? …with meaningful columns that I could sort by, with a filter to tune-in within the search results, etc, etc…?

And to view the details of one particular station, I have to click on it, and I get to another page to read it, and then page back to the list (and the animations are making it even slower) and then carry-on clicking and clicking and clicking and clicking… What's wrong with an Info panel that details whatever is selected in the list. No! This application can't show the list together with the details of the selected station.

Now… you can elect favorites… Great! you may think… But wait! You cannot simply right-click on a station and add it to Favorites, you have to page to the details, select Favorites, and go back to the list in search of another station.
And there is only ONE list of favorites! What's wrong with multiple collections like iTunes' playlists?
And the favorites are also painfully shown as pages again. My initial stations searching lead with 74 favorites (the search was so painful that I put many in favorites for checking later, to avoid repeating the search). Well… that meant that I had to pages through 8 pages of favorites! And I cannot reorganize them. Let's say I want to compare a station in page 1 and page 6 to see which I prefer? Click, Click, Click, Click…

Again, please look at iTunes and learn how to do a functional and simple UI! Besides, it would be familiar to everybody…
Very usable UI concepts have already been discovered for the kind of issues Radioshift has to deal with, the flagship being iTunes. Why go the opposite direction, and go for the look of a fancy, glitzy and mostly useless web site?

What a pity to have Radioshift and all its great underlying functionality put to waste by an insane User Interface!
[Version 1.6.2]

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Evolut replied on 27 Nov 2010
I forgot one thing... the app description says "PVR for Radio". That caught my eye for sure, I thought... Great!
But no! This is not a PVR! It will not let you Pause/Rewind, at anytime, what you are listening. It can only record what you have (painfully) set up in advance for recording.
So forget about rewinding to try and catch the title of a song you found nice, what was said before the song when you were not paying attention...

Calling it a PVR for radio is very misleading! It is not.

So please Developer... a PVR for radio is a great idea, but implement it first before advertising it.
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Jazzyguy replied on 26 May 2011
Your longwinded comment is pure garbage. This is a great app in every way. Try the other radio apps and see why this is the best app of the lot.
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Just-Mac replied on 26 Aug 2011
I tried Radioshift and those points about its user interface are very true!

Look at screenshots of Radioshift's UI and it all seems nice, but it is all fluff, very anti-Mac.
Trying it is a different story, it's "Clicking Hell"! Or else your needs are very limited, maybe just finding your few favorites stations and you're happy... I just don't know how one cannot be frustrated against Radioshift's UI.
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Just-Mac replied on 26 Aug 2011
Jazzyguy, you cannot shoot down someone's comment and not explain your position.

The negatives were thoroughly explained and spot on! And please note that they essentially relate to the user interface. Radioshift may do its job if you are willing to suffer through its user interface, and that might be fine with you, but it does not deserve to be a Mac Application.
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Taaminator reviewed on 14 Nov 2010
RadioShift v1.6.2

OUTSTANDING!

RadioShift makes recording internet audio streams absolutely simple.

The basic idea is to "subscribe" to a stream according to start time and length.

Manually, you must provide a streaming audio source, add any optional information (title, artist, genre), and schedule (date, time, length).

Automatically, select Radio Guide, look for station or artist or subject, choose one, select "Subscribe", and, the title and schedule are instantly entered into a new RadioShift Subscription.

RadioShift's Radio Guide and Subscription automatic scheduling is quite possibly the easiest subscription in software, today.

RadioShift developers at Rogue Amoeba are superior and work constantly to improve RadioShift.

Wishlist

It would be nice to change RadioShift's naming convention of the saved audio files.
[Version 1.6.2]


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+5

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Ben Gold commented on 05 Apr 2010
I use Radium for internet radio because it's super simple, but I like that this app has a radio guide and lets you record programs.
[Version 1.5.5]


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+14

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Dana Sutton commented on 03 Feb 2010
I'll stick to my former five-star review BUT there's one feature of this program that really annoys me. Every time you tune to a new station you have to listen to a fifteen-second advertisement before the station starts. Given the price the developers charge for this app., do they really need this second revenue stream, one that abuses their customers?? You might want to check out Radium before buying this product. Their developers are good people and don't do this kind of underhanded stuff.
[Version 1.5.3]

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David Dunham replied on 27 Dec 2010
I'm pretty sure the ad is part of the stream -- I hear one for one of my favorite stations, but not others.
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olescha replied on 28 Dec 2010
well, this here ist too not bad: http://www.online-radioportal.de
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Dana Sutton replied on 28 Dec 2010
No, you're wrong about that. The ads aren't part of the stream. Try this: tune into a station using RS. Then tune into the same station using a different player (for ex., try an AOL station with RS and with AOL's own player). You'll hear extra advertising with RS you don't get from the other source. So I'm sticking by my comment.
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nyse4 had trouble on 20 Apr 2009
I love Airfoil and Hijack Pro so I said why not try Radioshift. Just like many comments here I have to agree that the application has quirks. AOL Radio for instance has a better sound quality not to mention Pandora (!!!). I am not aware of the issues with recording simply bc I never record but what drives me nuts is the fact that you cannot run a search on this thing. The World Map is USELESS - I can click on all the cities of this world they will never return any results. I can search for a radio station that I know for a fact is on Radioshift (Kiss Country - Florida) - the search returns NO RESULT. So unless you have 5 days to shift through the thousands of radio stations I am not sure you will easily find your radio station. If anyone has a different experience please help me out (nyse4 at yahoo dot com). For those who got Pulsar free with Airfoil - nice thing but Pulsar can never load Sirius or XM. What in the world RA?!?!!?!
[Version 1.1.3]


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xypher had trouble on 18 May 2008
The 2 daemons that run when this is installed are a serious memory hog. Problem is, quitting the processes renders the app unusable.
[Version 1.0.5]



+6

jackout rated on 16 Feb 2013

[Version 1.6.7]


Downloads:50,803
Version Downloads:26,688
Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
License:Shareware
Date:13 Sep 2011
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $32.00
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Note: While Radioshift has been discontinued, it is still available to download for users that already hold a license.

Radioshift lets you listen to and record Internet radio.

Like a personal video recorder (PVR) for radio, Radioshift enables Internet and AM/FM radio to be recorded automatically and listened to at any time.

Radioshift can be used to explore and listen to over 100,000 radio listings from around the world. Audio can be subscribed to and automatically recorded. As well, users can listen live to thousands of RealAudio, Windows Media, QuickTime, and MP3 streams, all in one player.


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