Archive for the ‘Radio’ Category
I have been doing a lot of listening to radio streams in iTunes recently. And because of the “surprise” factor inherent in radio listening, an artist will often be played in a stream that I’m curious about. A good provider will format the current stream title to the somewhat standard format of Artist – Song Name which will be scrolled in the the iTunes display while the stream is, er, streaming. Search Wikipedia v2.2 can now detect if a stream is playing, and, if the current stream title is formatted correctly, search Wikipedia using the artist portion of the title. Of course, otherwise, Search Wikipedia will use the playing or selected track’s tags as the basis for a Wikipedia article search.
The NYT notes that AOL Radio now works with Safari on the Mac. Additionally, the service adds all 140 CBS-owned radio stations. I’ve been checking it out and, while online radio isn’t exactly my thing, it ain’t bad.
I just released Play Hourly Newscasts which I’ve been working on for weeks; the things have gotta be tested in real time which takes hours a day when I have the time. ANYway, I’ve got a playlist I run everyday called “100 Songs or More”. It’s a Smart Playlist limited to 200 songs, live updated, selecting random songs according to various criteria. When nothing special is going on Around The House this is the playlist that plays pretty much all day (I work out of my house). I run one of the Newscast applets while this playlist is playing and every hour I get that newscast. Just like the way radio used to be before radio Program Directors decided news and music didn’t mix.
The Play Hourly Newscasts download contains four script applets that each, respectively, download and play the latest AP NewsPulse, BBC Hourly World News Bulletin, CNN News Update, or NPR Hourly News Summary podcast episode when it becomes available enabling you to integrate an hourly newscast into your iTunes music listening throughout the day. This latest version consolidates the four applets into single download; streamlines routines.
Nudge Stream URL is a stay-open applet that will attempt to keep the currently playing radio stream active. If the stream drops out, or another track is selected, the applet will re-open the stream’s URL.
As I’ve noted in a previous entry, I’ve been digging Pandora, the music discovery site. Normally, you have to run it from your web browser. I got tired of trying to remember to keep a Safari window to keep the stream going so I used a dedicated browser, Shiira, just to run it. Well, turns out there’s a nice little app that uses Webkit to display Pandora called PandoraBoy from FrozenSilicon Labs. PLUS, it’s AppleScriptable so you can assign hotkeys to control volume and skipping and thumbs ups/downs. It can also interface with Growl. And PandoraBoy is free. Can’t beat that with a bat.
Wonder if they’d add an AppleScript feature so I could grab currently playing track info? Gotta drop ‘em a line.
My Good Friend, Best Man, and Ever-Faithful Correspondent Greg reminded me about the Pandora website: it creates streams of like-sounding songs based on a “seed” track you supply.You create “stations” which stream through your web browser. I’ve been having a ball with it. Search for Pandora Stations will use the Artist, Album, or Composer of the selected or playing iTunes track as the basis for a search of Pandora stations. If you like what you find, you can add a station to your Pandora account.