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It’s been apparent to us for a while that radio stations struggle to find a player for their homepage that meets their needs (unless they have a large amount of time or money to spare). We’ve decided to give something back to the cash-strapped online radio community by releasing a free radio player that would normally cost a lot of money – it’s feature-packed, looks good and is multi-browser compatible and cross-platform. In fact, as far as we know, it’s the only radio player of its kind on the web.
So why is our player different? How does it do stuff that other players don’t? Well, at Radio Tuna we collect data from Shoutcast server history pages to make our main site possible. We then process this data to identify the music that’s being played, and we link it to cover art (where possible). Lastly, we serve out this information to the embeddable widgets players in real-time, so the ‘now playing’ information stays up to date with the audio.
Unlike lots of other methods of displaying ‘now playing’ info on your site, you don’t need to wrestle with PHP or any other messy server stuff – you just create your free radio player and embed the single piece of html that we generate for you. It really couldn’t be any easier (if you can suggest a way it could, we’d love to hear from you!)
It’s also super-lightweight – to demonstrate just how lightweight, we’ve put together the demo below…
We love SomaFM and have been massive fans since way back when. Rusty and crew have introduced us to heaps of new music, and their dedication to their cause has been a real inspiration to us. It’s not an exaggeration to say that they are one of the reasons we got hooked on internet radio in the first place.
SomaFM is 100% listener supported, and it costs a lot to run all their stations, so if you like what they do, head to their homepage and drop them some cash by clicking in the right hand column (their hoodies are especially cool – Chris, our lead developer, practically lives in his).
So here for your enjoyment are 18 of their lovingly-curated channels in a multicolor sonic rainbow. You have a birds-eye view of what’s playing right now across the Soma-verse, so take your pick and dive right in!
Please Note: Single-station players are not for general use – SomaFM have very kindly allowed us to embed their streams in this blog post in order to demonstrate our player, but these are not official SomaFM stream players. If you enjoy SomaFM, please head to their website to support them.