Web and desktop applications that let you tune in to your favorite radio stations are not hard to find. We have covered numerous radio streaming applications in the past, X-Screamer Radio and ClickGaGa, just to name a few. Recently, I came across another similar desktop application called inLight Radio, which offers 20,000+ radio stations from around the world. Apart from listening to your favorite tunes, you can easily record and save songs to your PC, add custom radio stations, view cover art for the current track, listen to podcasts encoded in MP3, ACC, OGG, WMA and other formats. In addition, you also have equalizer presets including Pop, Jazz, Classic & Rock, and other audio controls to change the audio output quality.
As of this writing, the database houses a total of 21310 unique stations. You can peek at the Station Title, Country, Genre and Language. The navigation controls can be found at the bottom of the window, which include Stop, Previous, Next, Record, Favorites, Mute, Options and Exit. The application also contains a dynamic graphic visualizer and you may cycle through different patterns by just clicking it. The search bar at the top right is quite handy to instantly find your favorite radio stations.
inLight Radio lets you add any station to your favorites list. Simply right-click any item from the list and select Add to my Favorites. The context menu also contains Play, Details, Select Source and View station on Websites options.
Clicking Details, for instance, pops up the Station details window. You can modify any station’s information from within this window, which even includes adding or removing Source URLs.
Another great feature I found was that it lets you switch to Compact mode, leaving you with only the navigation buttons and graphic visualizer.
The system tray menu can help control the application even when it’s not in focus. For example, you may tweak Equalizer, setup Sleep Timer, change Language, Skip the current station and so on. Clicking Options provides access to the settings panel.
Options window carries various application specific configurations in General, Display, Theme, Recording and Advanced sections. You may change the destination directory for recordings, for instance, and modify the global hotkeys.
The application is available as Free and Paid versions. The latter boasts some extra features, like Media Player, Radio Remote, unlimited items in Favorites list and more, and costs $8.99 only. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. We tested it on Windows 7 64-bit.