Listening to online radio is probably the best way to stream music for free. Online radio services like Last.fm, Spotify and Pandora have long been fairly popular and are used by millions around the globe but due to their limited availability – Spotify being available only in selected regions for instance – many of us are left in the dust. Previously, we have covered various radio applications for Windows that doesn’t put any regional or country constraints on their users such as RarmaRadio, InLight Radio and RadioZilla. Today, we’re bringing you another such app called Radio Tuna. The application houses a massive number of radio stations and lets you stream thousands of streams ranging from Rock and Rap to Pop, HipHop, Classic and so on.
The overall design of the app looks impressively clean and minimalistic. Once launched, you’re presented with a mini player with basic playback control for play, pause, previous, next, and volume. In the right pane, the player shows information about the current station, track and artist, along with the album art. You can adjust the audio quality by tweaking lows, mids and highs of the current track via the miniscule tuners underneath the volume adjuster. The app also enables you to save up to ten stations as presets, so you don’t have to manually go through the station selection process each time you want to listen to your favorite genre or show. To save the station, click the ‘store station’ button and then select one of the preset numbers from the bottom.
Apart from its no-frills interface, the app offers an umpteen number of radio stations pre-configurd under the Genre drop down menu. You’d probably get spoilt by choices with such a huge library at your disposal, so getting bored would be pretty much out of the question. The genre section caters to every taste and mood of music buffs. Feeling nostalgic? Try Classical; in the mood for party? Try Dance. Visiting the countryside? Give Country & Folk a shot. Each genre expands into subgenres and station names.
The app also allows you to share the current station and track information with your friends and family through Facebook, Twitter or email. And should you want to change some application-specific settings, you can do so under the Settings panel. Here, you can select your audio device, specify audio buffer size and toggle a few other options such as video acceleration, DSP, tray notifications, and hotkeys. The list of available hotkeys and their functions can be found under the About section.
Radio Tuna works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Testing was carried out on Windows 8 Pro, 64-bit.