With the advent of digital music and podcasts, many people have stopped using their radios. While it is convenient to listen to what you want when you want, what ever happened to listening to your favorite DJ to learn about new tunes? Also, while podcasts have replaced talk radio for many people, there are still some great talk radio programs on the airwaves. Radioshift , which was just released yesterday by Rogue Amoeba, does all this and more.
Radioshift provides a user-friendly interface for finding, listening to, recording, and time-shifting internet radio. If you have a Griffin RadioShark Radioshift also provides these features for AM/FM radio.
Above is what you see when you first open Radioshift. It is called the Radio Guide and allows you to search for radio stations or radio shows, view popular and your favorite stations, and even check on your show subscriptions. From the radio guide, you can select to explore all stations, or explore by genre or location. When you search, you are presented with a list of both matching stations and programs.
When browsing by location, you are actually presented with a map with “pins” in cities where radio stations are available.
Once you find a station you like, you can either listen, record, or schedule a recording of a certain program (what Radioshift calls Subscriptions). If you do not have the proper plugin needed for the station, Radioshift will automatically prompt you to download it. Radioshift does not even need to be open for scheduled recordings as it runs a “helper” in the background. It also helps you keep all your recordings organized by show and episode.
By the way, if you haven’t seen it, check out our interview with Paul Kafasis, the CEO of Rogue Amoeba Software.