Amaradio is making waves, radio waves, apparently. I think the concept is fantastic and would love to know more about the legalities of sharing and recording radio stations on the Internet. I wonder.
Nevertheless the programme exists, it’s available for download and ready to link you up to every radio station imaginable. But not if you have a Mac. Hopefully this is something that will be worked on and according to Twitter discussions it seems so.
Hopefully SaulK isn’t going to listen to 5FM via Amaradio and he can maybe find something a bit more up his musical street.
This is what Gary James (the creator) had to say about his creation:
Twelve days ago I blogged about how I had built a little program to play a radio feed from Sydney. I’m a software developer in Somerset West, and I built this tool one evening, mostly for the fun of it.
Within 48 hours of blogging, AmaRadio had been downloaded over 100 times! I then realised how much potential it had, and spent a bit more time working on it. I added the ability to record radio stations to MP3 files, and I increased the number of supported radio stations to 38.
AmaRadio was then mentioned on several popular websites, including Tectonic, Muti, SouthAfrica.info and MyBroadBand, as well as on several blogs including The Outlet and Eish. Within 140 hours of releasing AmaRadio we had 500 users! Today, 12 days after releasing AmaRadio, we have over 2,200!
Most of our users seem to be within South Africa, but we also have a significant number of users in Canada, Australia, and the UK. These are mostly South Africans who are living abroad. AmaRadio has even been downloaded by the owner of a South African pub in London, who is now using it in his pub!
AmaRadio is a free download (hence it’s rapid growth rate), and is only 4 MB in size! So it’s less than 1/10th of the size of Windows Media Player or iTunes! It can download future updates automatically, and it can record streaming radio to MP3. I’m planning on adding the ability to schedule AmaRadio so that it records your favourite shows automatically, which you can then listen to on your iPod!
A large corporate is currently considering sponsoring the AmaRadio project. This will cover my costs, and ensure that AmaRadio remains a free product.
You can download AmaRadio from www.amaradio.co.za, please try it out and tell your friends about it!
I’m loving it because now I can listen to Joburg stations even though I live in the Cape! This makes for a nice change, and makes the world feel like a smaller place.
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