David R. Heffelfinger

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Streaming Internet Radio on BlackBerry


For a few years, I have been listening to internet streaming radio with Shoutcast, there are several programs in Linux that I can use to listen to the streams, I currently use Rhythmbox, but in the past I have used Audacious and XMMS, they all work great to listen to internet streaming radio on my laptop.

I have been wanting to be able to listen to internet radio on my BlackBerry for a while, but I hadn't been able to find any software to do it. I had seen some references to Radio Bee, but I hadn't been able to get it to work.

Yesterday I decided to look once again, and I bumped into FlyCast, I downloaded it over the air, and it installed flawlessly. The first time I ran it, it asked me to register by providing my email address. Once I did that I was able to run it, and lo and behold, I was listening to streaming internet radio on my BlackBerry Bold!

So far I have only used it with a WiFi connection, and it works great, very little or no buffering. I have yet to try it under 3G or edge, so I have yet to see how well it works when a WiFi connection is not available.

FlyCast's web site does not specify if the software is free, if there is a trial period or if you have to register. I was expecting some kind of nag screen or a point where it would ask me for my credit card information, but so far it hasn't happened, although I've only been using FlyCast for two days. When most songs play, the album cover for the song is displayed on the BlackBerry screen, clicking on it with the trackball takes you to the Amazon site and gives you the opportunity to buy the CD. I assume that is how FlyCast will make its money, by being an Amazon affiliate.

Update: I was able to try FlyCast out over 3G recently and it still works great.

 
 
 
 
Comments:

Thanks for the great review. I just wanted to let you know that FlyCast's application is free & you will not be asked to provide any credit card information...ever. We do encourage that users register and create an account so you can pick favorite channels.

Posted by Kim Hermanson on November 17, 2008 at 08:01 AM EST #

Kim,

Thanks for clarifying. Perhaps you guys should make that clear in FlyCast's web site.

In any case, thanks for providing this great product for free.

David

Posted by David R. Heffelfinger on November 17, 2008 at 08:23 AM EST #

hi,
So far i have not used FlyCast's application for streaming media.What i have used is mundu radio for blackberry.It's a gr8 product...with n nos. of features...to name few there is a cool feature for gettig lyrics for the song playing, add to fav. list,play local music...
Best thing abt. this product is it's free.All u have to do is create mundu id for logging in.Also recently thay have added support for storm user's.Must try this app...

Posted by ritvik on April 14, 2009 at 05:06 PM EDT #

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